Great Big Walk Audio Update Day #61

Hey this is TA calling in from day 61. We are at 2823 m, this is the lowest we have been in a looooonnnnggggg long long long long time. We had to look back to see how long it has actually been. So we are enjoying very very very thick air and also very warm air. Actually I think as I look back in my little log, the last time we were this low was actually, forest camp on day 32. We were at 2920 m and we were at honggong on day 28 at 2323m. We we dropped close to, a little over 1300 m today. We actually had a big day. We are celebrating here on the great big walk. We are celebrating 600 km today. We are at 611 and counting so that is pretty exciting. There was also a record number of steps for me today and a record number of kilometers at 21.5. Marian had 30 827 steps and 77 floors and just shy of 21.5 km. I had 32 682 steps, 76 floors and just over 21.5 km. Cam had 30 387 and just over 20 km. She has been dethroned as the step queen because my little scampery legs now get to make lots and lots and lots of steps just trying to keep up.

It was a beautiful amazing walk today. We spent a lot of time, well basically the entire day, we are a little higher now than the Roaling khola so the beautiful teal water was our walking companion today so we heard the rushing water and if we get quiet we can actually still hear it now on our little post. There are lots and lots of birds now so we heard lots of bird songs and we saw many many waterfalls. The Roaling valley is very famous for its water falls. Many of them weren’t flowing this morning when we went by, still frozen but as the day went on we say more and more of them flowing and I wanted to send Chris Williamson’s waterfall song out to my friend Karen. She will know exactly the song I am talking about and I thought a lot about you Karen today as all those waterfalls. It is very warm right now, which is pretty amazing. We’re in barefeet. We have no long underwear on and no jackets, so we couldn’t have come in some ways further from where we were last night when we were in the rocks and snow.

We saw Gaurishankar today, you may remember we are in the Gaurishankar conservation area. Gauri Shankar is a 7 135m peak. We saw it today, it is gorgeous. It is a sacred mountain that has never been climbed and so it is what this area is named for. Our camp tonight is at the Kelji lodge. We are camped out on the grass here and we had quite fun meeting some goat kids when we first arrived and watching them play so it is feeling,life is feeling very easy at the moment. No jackets, no long underwear and as you can see, I didn’t even have to pause to breathe during this entire update. So it is going well. Depending on how far we are going tomorrow we may actually hit our big goal, our other big goal for the great big walk tomorrow, so please tune in. Thanks for all of your support. We love hearing from your and indeed it has been 61 days without a shower so go Joshy go and I will talk to you all tomorrow. Thanks so much being there with us on the great big walk and remember to get out there for a big walk, a little walk, medium walk, any kind of walk. Get out there and walk with us and record your number of steps or kilometers on our great big walk site. Drop us a line. Send us a text and we are on the countdown to Kathmandu so if you’ve got any kind of questions for us. Zoom into us so we can find the answers. Thanks and have a great day. Happy last day of April and we will catch you from tomorrow from May. Bye bye!

Total Steps for TA: 32 682 steps, 76 floors

Total Steps for Marian: 30 827 steps, 77 floors

Total Distance for TA: 21.5 km

Total Distance for Marian: 21.5 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.

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