Hey this is TA calling in from day 64. Can you believe it is day 64? May 3rd from a community called Laduk at 2025 m of elevation. We had a great walk today. Mostly sort of contouring. Some up and some down and we were walking through many, many terraced fields and some are as narrow as 5 feet and some are as wide as 20 feet. As I said yesterday the wheat crop is ready for harvest. So we saw lots of folks out there harvesting wheat. The potatoes are coming along. Often with potatoes was planted corn and depending what elevation the corn was anywhere from 12 inches to 24 inches tall and it was very beautiful. Different colors of sort of amber and golden wheat and then the green of the potatoes. The millet and the barley are lower than us at the moment.
We ended the day walking through a huge pine forest and first question that I wondered about and maybe someone can text us the answer, fairly quickly actually or maybe we will have to look it up when we get home but the difference between the forest and a jungle? So sometimes here they will refer to us travelling the jungle and sometimes through the forest. So I do not know if it is a question of elevation, a question of moisture and humidity, a question of the type of plant matter, presence or absence of certain kinds of trees but I know in some parts of the world they have jungle and some parts they have forest and here in Nepal I think they have both forest and jungle. So I am curious.
We saw some huge bamboo today. Not only the little bamboo forest but in one of the communities we had lunch in which was belung, we saw bamboo which was a good 8 inches in diameter so it was a huge, huge, huge bamboo. When we got into our little camping spot, there was a beautiful young cat who decided that I was a portable salt lick so I got lufered and all cleaned up by the cat. So that was kind of a fun way to end the day and actually the end of the great big walk is in sight. We actually could see our takeout as we call it in white water sports. We can see off in the distance where we will stop walking in the next couple of days. So it is both literally and visibly within sight. So if you happen to have any questions for us, get them to us.
Thanks Aidy for the text, all is very well and we get home Saturday. We know Eric’s birthday is Friday. So hold the birthday cake for us. We will be ready to chow down on Saturday night or Sunday or whenever it is it gets scheduled. So that is it here. Day 64. Enjoying life at the 2000m elevation mark where appetites are fabulous, the sleep is terrific and we are feeling super strong because we are acclimatized.
Marian had 23 016 steps today. 216 floors and 16 km. I had 24 373 steps, 229 floors, 16 km and I was the winner once again and Cam had 23 494 steps and just shy of 16 km. We are all doing fabulous. We passed the 650 km mark today and depending on how it goes, maybe, maybe, maybe just maybe we will hit a million, one hundred thousand steps. Either that or we will have to go touring round Kathmandu to make sure we do that. So that’s day 64 from the great big walk. Thanks for tuning in and make sure you get out there for a great big walk, great big roll, great big stroll. Whatever it is that makes you happy and helps you find your fit. Take good care. Bye bye!
Total Steps for TA: 24 373 steps, 229 floors
Total Steps for Marian: 23 016 steps, 216 floors
Total Distance for TA: 16 km
Total Distance for Marian: 16 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.