Porters carry steel plates used on the trail's bridges.
Each plate weighs between 50 and 70 kilograms.
Date: April 24, 2011
Distance: 16 km
Distance: 16 km
Elevation: 2670 (climb 810 m)
Within a few hours of the Cipro hitting my system I felt better. I attributed it to my robust immune system and overall toughness. The rest of the group praised the miracles of modern pharmaceuticals. In any event, the old Dave was back, and everyone must have been relieved that the next ten days or so would have plenty of sarcasm, mockery, and slightly inappropriate jokes.
|Prayer wheels line the Annapurna Circuit.|
With each passing spin I prayed for a speedy recovery, and my prayers were answered!
|Update: One of our loyal readers rightly wondered whether these porters evaluated their |
ropes and burlap sacks as thoroughly as we did with our luggage selection. Somehow I doubt it.
These initial days of the hike took us through the Marshshandi river valley. The river’s narrow path was surrounded by steep slopes covered in lush, green pine trees. We walked on a double-wide path, which was nice for catching up with Ted & Sarah and getting to know Charles & Kate.
|The green Marshshandi river valley|
|We're walking, and walking, and walking (and spinning the prayer wheels)|
|A donkey train waiting to pass me on the bridge.|
|The road back up. Crap.|
|Dave slowly walking along the trail|
|Townsfolk came out and cheered the foreign hikers.|
Actually no one cheered for us, but everyone was friendly even
if they did not understand why we would choose to do this hike.
At times, I agreed with them.
|Chame is so high tech the internet cafe's sign is painted on a rock|