I think part of the reason I struggled was that I was not properly fit....I have been fighting a niggly cold and kept coughing to choking point, and the damp night air left my nose very blocked up. But I could not turn down the invitation to join the trail.......!
And so the next part of the story.....you will have to wait until tomorrow for the rest. I need some sleep in my comfortable bed!
Next morning we were up early and ready to leave once it was properly light. I had my tent taken away from me, and did not carry it for the rest of the trail (the guides shared the extra burden)…..embarassment, but a huge help even though it was less than 2kg anyway. The 1st rifle also took one of my food containers……but I did not feel bad about that as I had packed food for both of us anyway!
We walked about 3km and then stopped for a welcome breakfast break.
It was more sand, more ups and downs, more hippos…..and one gave us a nasty moment. It was in the bushes as we walked along a ridge, and as we saw it it came for us. The guides told us to make for a tree nearby and get behind it, and I heard both rifles cocked…… Fortunately as it burst through the bush again in front of us and the 1st rifle actually began to put pressure on the trigger it suddenly swerved and ran off towards the river……lucky hippo and lucky trailists. We had a lengthy break shortly after that!
I found it easier to walk on this second day. The weather was kinder as the sun kept playing hide-and-seek among the clouds, and there was a cooling breeze at times too. We also stopped roughly every hour for a short break.
We also walked away from the river for short periods, once to avoid 2 fighting hippos (on the river bank).
Fish-eagles screamed at us often, and hippos constantly laughed as they watched the 5 strange creatures moving past them. It was great….. I began to enjoy myself, but was still worried about getting to the end. A lengthy lunch break helped as I was able to lie down for a while. We found a giant eagle owl in a tree too.
Just as I was seriously flagging again, we got to our camping site for the night.
Again the 1st rifle and I shared a meal of Idahoan and chicken – and I found I had made another Idahoan addict! The other campers seemed to have packs which rivalled Mary Poppin’s bag! They had a good sized tent, and kept producing more items, especially food……apples (enough to offer around and still have one or two over at the end), cucumbers, salami, cheese, etc, etc…..and even swimming stuff. I had just the clothes I was wearing, spare underwear, and a spare t-shirt, plus track suit pants and top to sleep in and wear in the evening when it was cold, and my food.
Again we heard lions, leopard, hyenas, hippos overnight. I got a bit more sleep and began to feel a little more positive about being able to complete the trip.
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