Inca Trail Day 3

Trip Start Oct 13, 2007
Trip End Feb 15, 2008

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Woken 550, breakfast 6.  I thought today was supposed to be all downhill but we went from our height of 3600 to 3950m 1st part of the walking taking in a ruin on the way.  The view from the top was gorgeous!!  There was a steep downwards part then we spent way too long getting cold at a ruin before lunch at 1200.   Then we started another walk uphil but you could do it at your own pace so I walked over fog shrouded paths (you could see 5 m past path) up a moderate uphill grade listening to music and before I knew it I was at the next high pass (3650m) in front of everyone else by 10 mins.  It was cold up there though!  Up there a half hour waiting for (most) people before heading down steep steps to another ruin 5 minutes away.   Then there were super steep steps down )where even a porter fell over) for the next 2.5 hours.  Walked with Jules and Kylie down steep steps then steep downwards paths talking about how crap the Incas were to build so high up and how crap modern Peru agriculture was to use the old ways of farming.  Our legs hurt ok!!  My left knee was beginning to bother me a bit but we got to camp (about 10km for the day) 430 or so before I really had problems with it!    Mike already had our tent and we wasted no time in going for beer as there was a restauranty (rough as guts) sort of place here!   As people came down we cheered and most  of us sat outside sucking on beers and feeling pretty good again.  Highlight of watching people go to the showers (they were outside where we were)  was the guy who said he had no clean cloths and was just in lime green underwear!   Had afternoon tea and did diary.  Mike drank rum during dinner and the presentation of tipos and thanks to the porers but I wasn´t up to it.  I did go out for one beer after but i was just beat and went to bed 830.     
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