Stage 4: Patience Grasshopper
Alright. So it happened. Not in the 6 year old girl way. Ever so slightly with about 2km to go today. I was reflecting back on all the messages you’ve sent and since I’d hit 123 km in the past 4 days I figured it was okay to let some of the tears come.
“Peace. It doesn’t mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hardwork. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”
People started out today at a blistering pace as it was a shorter stage before the Long March. I, however, preferred something more along the lines that Eeyore would be comfortable with. The first 10km climbed over 1200m to get us to over 2800m (10,500) in altitude. This was a long slog. The air was pretty thin but the views of Annapurna South plus some of the world’s other tallest mountains were amazing.
At one point I was descending a section with a large group of people coming of the bridge below. There was a bit ofa bottle neck coming of the bridge and my speed hadn’t accounted to run into all these people so I ended up taking a line a little higher and jumping from about 6′ up from the bridge and landed mid-span. It seemed like a good idea at the time…
My goal for today was actually just to get through without injury. Glad to say that is the case. Continuing to descend the stairs we passed through a number of small villages and guesthouses. The views are amazing. None of this route is accessible by vehicle so absolutely every single piece of building material had to be carried in. I cannot count the number of times an 8 year old has run up along beside me, taunted me and taken off.
After moving through checkpoint two the rest of the course rolled into camp. Biggest highlight of this section was running along a stone wall because the trail was packed by 12 mules all loaded up. One of which had 2 propane tanks attached to it.
Finished today’s stage in 55th on the day and still not sure about overall. Tomorrow will be the single most physically and mentally demanding day of my life. 72km. Non-stop. 6000+ metres of elevation change. It could be as much as 16 – 20 day so if I’m a little late on the update, don’t worry’ it’ll come.running along a stone wall because the trail was packed by 12 mules all loaded up. One of which had 2 propane tanks attached to it.
The real challenge begins tomorrow.
Thanks again for all the messages. Took me 20+ minutes just to read them.