Update from Nepal! I am back in Pokhara for a couple of days.
As we drove in to our third river starting point, we could see the Annapurna range from a distance ❤
River #3 out of 4: done.
When we first pulled over the starting point, I was terrified with the look of the water: to me, it looked like a flowing mud bath. I felt a little terrified of navigating through this in my kayak, thinking I did not want to flip over and go for a swim in that! So, I opted for a safer spot on the raft for the first 2 days.
Rafting it was ok. I missed my front row seat rafting partner in the raft, but did enjoyed the no-brainer ride. After every rapids we passed, I thought to myself “boy, am I ever glad to be sitting in here!”. As much as I wanted to kayak, I knew I had made the right decision …
After 2 days of rafting, I felt ready to get back in my kayak again and paddled the entire day 3 without flipping over and swimming 😉 the rapids were all very manageable, with grade 1 and 2. Some of the grade 2’s had big enough waves to have me go “holy shit” a few times!!!! It was much fun and I actually enjoyed kayaking through those, something I never, ever imagined I would be doing. I feel proud of what I have accomplished so far 👍🏻
After a great day 3 in white waters, I decided to get back in the raft to finish off … paddling the raft is way harder than the kayak – great upper body training 😬 especially on the final, flat and long stretch to our ending point.
I have met some wonderful people and the team of young boys who are making this possible are simply wonderful.
While in Pokhara for a couple of days, I plan on spending some time MTB again, enjoy some real coffee, maybe do a bit of shopping and go for a massage.
I miss my family and friends. Sometimes, you need to go away to realize how blessed you are to be surrounded with such amazing people ….I know I am, but being so far away from home with people I don’t really know just emphasizes how lucky I am to have such a wonderful circle of friends and a beautiful little family back home! Miss you all…can’t wait to come home to coffee dates, family movie nights, running trails (oh boy I miss running…..!), good homemade cooked meals, real coffee, hugs from those who mean the world to me (friends and family!).
Hugs from Nepal!