It’s Day 5 and Zulu 1 have made pleasing progress on the Turrisantos trek. Thankfully the torrential downpours which hindered previous groups’ progress in Barbilla National Park stayed away, and glorious sunshine has been in abundance, enabling a good speed through the jungle and on the climbs.
Day 4 saw us ascend out of Barbilla and out into the Rio Pacquare valley, and the group enjoyed an hour or so in its water, cleaning off the previous day’s grime. Given our early arrival time we chose to push on and eat into Day 5’s 25km, following the undulating gravel tracks around from San Joaquin to San Vincente.
Several positions have been created which add to the fun of our endeavours. The ‘Master Oarsman’ is charged with ensuring our group is well hydrated. The solution – a ‘boat race’. 2 teams of 9, each member consuming half a litre of water in turn whilst competing against the rival team. To the victor the spoils, and to all a refreshing and healthy start to the day.
Last night’s food drop saw another enjoyable evening’s entertainment in the form of the snack stock exchange. Negotiations were fierce and Zulu One is home to some hard businessmen and businesswomen, and some who made questionable trades. To inform those of you at home – Trail Mix and Casino biscuits are hard sought commodities whilst for many, peanuts sell sell sell.
George, Amanda, Rachelle, Daniel, Fred, Charlie, Tom, Harvey, Amy, Hannah, Sonia, Kevin, Ant, George Moody, Charlotte, Jess, Joe, Matt and Dave are in good health and send all their best. Pura Vida!