Our guide book promised that the Camino was well marked and the yellow arrows would be easy to follow. Mostly, we've found that to be true but even seasoned veterans run the risk of wandering off course if lost in thought…or conversation.
Communities seem to care for their portion of the Camino with varying degrees of enthusiasm. We've seen the shell symbols embedded in sidewalks and along fencing. We've learned that unless they are accompanied by the painted yellow arrows, we can be led off course. The arrows appear in a number of places; on the sidewalk, high up or down low on walls, below stop signs, painted rocks or trees…you name it!
Fortunately, we've yet to wander too far off course, although we have needed to ask directions a few times. While everyone has been very helpful, our limited Spanish has resulted in some pretty comical gestures from the locals.