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... which is the latest name, it seems to change nearly daily, see pics!). We had a massive dinner, the meals kept coming out and we stuffed ourselves. The staff then surprised us by presenting us with Tibetan scarves symbolising wishes for our prosperity and a gift to take home with us. It was such a lovely evening, followed by group photos and the inevitable goodbyes. I was somewhat jealous of Gwen getting to spend another whole month with these people, I'm sure she'll have ...
... just made it. Some of the riders behind me were coming in when it was dark. Conditions at the camp weren't as comfortable as previous camps. We were in a very stony field. Again the locals were inquisitive and sat on some of the village building roofs to watch us. It was the usual routine - get our bags to the tents, have showers, change, beer, dinner then bed. We were all exhausted.
Stats - miles 36.95 / elevation 6037 feet / calories ...
... of them (see photos!) The atmosphere was great as we arrived about halfway through the Indian innings when they were starting to really hit out, having only lost 2 wickets. They hit numerous 6's and the hundred partnership between two of the batsmen was heralded as a "Belligerent Partnership" on the big screen and boy was it belligerent! The beautiful stadium, nestled in the crook of magnificent mountains made it hard to follow the ball to where it landed after a 6 as ...
... excitement. It wasn't until another team member quietly pointed her out to Shane and said that she needed boots. When Shane asked her to come up and try some on she said "it is alright, I want to make sure everyone who needs them gets them first" but Shane reminded her that she did need them! Choesum, so humble, so grateful. She got a nice flash pair of yellow nikes, perfect for our Captain! These are moments, memories that will forever be in my heart.
... was worth it to stay with friendly people.
After a stormy night spent snuggled up around the heater playing cards we woke to a beautiful sunny day, perfect for our planned hike. We spotted a trail heading up a mountain behind the guest house and wanted to climb it. The owner of the hotel tried to discourage us by saying that there was a lot of rock climbing involved. Leah took this discouragement to heart and we started on another trail that he recommended. We ...