Hey this is TA calling in from Day 26 of the great big walk from the village of Chantan at an elevation of 2187 m. It was another great day here on the great big walk and the big news is cumutivaley ie. when we add it all together informally I think we have hit the half a million step mark on the project so that is pretty exciting. Half a million on day 26 so we’ve hit that our goal was a million steps and so it looks like we’re on track for that. Marian actually had 19 467 steps today and 205 floors, 13.5 km. I had 19 719, 209 floors, 13.3 km and Camolina 20 500 with 13.6 km. We left the yak kharka and I didn’t sleep so well last night because I had a yak that just seemed to be right outside the tent ringing its bell last night and we had a short climb up to a path and then we dropped 1000 m to the aru natti and you may remember that natti is a Nepali word for large river and the Aru natti is the largest river in Nepal and it actually goes by our leader Judah’s home village. So he is quite in touch with the Aru natti. It made me think of several white water adventures and folks that I’ve traveled on rivers with. Marian and I actually stood in the middle of the suspension bridge and tried to see if we could find a line through the white water we were seeing. Special hello goes to Kristen, Karen, Denise, Jim, Mark , Darren, Lu, George, Paul and Joe.
It was a pretty big descent so by the time we hit the river we were pretty excited actually to have some lunch and get rested up for the big 40 0m climb up here to Chantan. It was actually a lovely acsent and felt good after the 1000 m or actually really the 3000 m that we’ve descended in the last few days. Tomorrow is a rest day so that is pretty exciting to give the legs a bit of a break and when we arrived there was still some sunshine. That was the first time since we left Olungchangola. So it did allow us to get some of our sleeping bags dry get some of the condensation out of everything and we started charging the batteries that power our electronics. We’ve either had a lot of snow or rain everyday in the early afternoon during the past week so it was really lovely to get things a bit dry and we will continue that process tomorrow with laundry. We saw a clearcut area today that will be burned in a few weeks to make an area to grow crops. Having just traveled through an area with lots of landslides and where wood was treated as a precious resource it was a bit hard to see this sort of slash and burn agriculture but in talks with Judah he said that was a family probably that needed to grow crops to feed itself and that was the best way that they knew how to do it. So it is always interesting to learn about different ways to work with the land.
Our arrival in Chantan again has made us sort of a spectacle so the folks who live here year round are watching us and at the same time we’re watching them. We did note the intense green of the new potato plants, the potato plants are up in beautiful green as well as the spring onion. And we did see a couple of bilkos, bilkos are wicker baskets you see here a lot in Nepal containing a chicken with her new brood of day old chicks so pretty exciting to see those guys. We also saw some folks thrashing millets and our neighbors while we were taking our afternoon tea break they were actually having some fermented millets from tonga’s which is sort of a wooden container. They ferment the millet and then add hot water which removes the alcohol and you suck it through a straw so different refreshing beverages were had by all here in Chantan this afternoon. So that is day 26, we’ll wrap it up here. Hope you’re having a great day. Pretty excited to have achieved half a million steps in our first 26 days and we will talk with you tomorrow again and hope you will take a great big walk somewhere in the world to celebrate our half a million steps by adding a few of your own. Thanks a lot. Take care. Bye bye!
Total Steps for TA: 19,719, 209 floors
Total Steps for Marian: 19,467 steps today, 205 floors
Total Distance for TA: 13.3 km
Total Distance for Marian: 13.5 km
Great Big Walk acknowledges the support of the Memorial University of Newfoundland Quick Start Fund for Public Engagement in making these updates from the field possible.