Hey this is TA calling in from Day 19. From Olangchung Gola Nepal at an elevation of about 3 200 m and it indeed was a great big day on the great big walk. We set some records for us so far. Records for number of steps and for distance. Marian had 31 327 steps and 352 floors and a distance of 21.74 km. I had 32 345 and 255 floors. Distance of 21.75 km and Cam had 32 078 steps and 21.23 km so that’s pretty exciting. It was a big day for us. We woke up to a snow covered wonderland. We actually had the urge to sing some Christmas carols. The sea was absolutely gorgeous this morning. Brilliant white. We saw the mountains we didn’t see yesterday as we came down and as we got all packed up and got the snow off everything, we walked down through the coniferous forest. It had huge huge trees. Trees that would’ve taken six folks to (inaudible) and it felt like in Japan when someone is not feeling well either mentally or physically, sometimes they might prescribe forest bathing and I felt as though I was forest bathing there just surrounded by these large pines covered in moss, rhododendrons, some little flowers all covered in snow. The snow was being altered and shaken of the things as we walked down.
We dropped about a thousand meters to the river we were going to then follow down. Of course that was Nepali flat, undulating up and down and up and down and then we came down to the next alley and then had to gain 500 m back up to get to Olangchung Gola. So truly a Nepali flat kind of a day where we went up and down and up and down. But you know when rivers form the background of the foundation of the highway system that is what is the reality. Rivers run downhill and we have to contour around, find our way in and out of different things. So it was a pretty cool day for us.
I wanted to wish a happy birthday to Shawn. Marian and I are sending our love to you and hope all is well. We want to send regards to Floyd. Thanks for the tweet, glad to know you and the (inaudible) are doing well. And I just wanted to say as we head into this next section that is quite remote for us. The weather seems to be changing, we are not getting as much sun so if you do not hear from us no worries. It just means that we are not able to keep enough energy in our podcasting system. Hope you’re all go out for a big walk and record your steps with us on the great big walk, heart and stroke foundation walk group or on the facebook group and hope you’ve had a great day like us and thanks so much for coming along. Bye!
Total Steps for TA: 32 345 steps, 255 floors
Total Steps for Marian: 31 327 steps, 352 floors
Total Distance for TA: 21.75 km
Total Distance for Marian: 21.74 km
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