Day 26 – Giving Ed a Big Hug and a Kiss

Day 26- 4 Feb 2015 – Travelled from Mudigere to Mudigere

Distance – 42km – Cumulative total 1092km

My name is Chris and I’m Walking 1,260km from Mumbai to Bangalore to raise money for widows in India. I’m walking 30 Marathons in 30 Days and I will be writing a blog post every day. To follow my progress you can sign up to receive updates here. To read my previous blog posts click here. To make a donation please visit this page. Thanks for reading and please leave me a comment as they really do give me a lift when I read them every morning.

As you can imagine, the major highlight of my day was Ed arriving. To my amazement he was on the road with me by about 11.30am after 3 hours from Exeter to London, his 10 hour flight from London to Bangalore, his 4 and half hour drive from Bangalore to Mudigere, and half an hour with Vijay to find me on the road. You can imagine my joy as I gave him a big hug and a kiss high in the Western Ghats. I am extremely grateful to everyone who made Ed’s arrival possible and not least my star secretary Angie and Cookie who helped secure his visa urgently. Angie even travelled to Heathrow by tube to hand Ed his passport with his gleaming new visa personally. No time for a rest, Ed was able to join me for 25km and has had his first experience of the Indian roads and traffic but, more significantly, the Indian sun. As Vijay keeps saying Ed is very ‘lal’ (‘red’). Will be going for the factor 50 tomorrow.

Little did Ed know that within 20 hours of leaving a wintery UK he would be in shorts and a t-shirt witnessing an elephant being driven on the back of an open lorry and an emu running down the middle of the road (even I was surprised).

Kumar, thanks so much for the route today which was spectacular taking us through plantations of coffee beans and areca nuts.

At my mid morning physio session we engaged with a small community of travelling workers. The cases and bags they had on the back of their pick up van represented all of their worldly goods. They moved from village to village to find casual labour.

At our breakfast stop this morning I had my first Southern Indian coffee at the appropriately named ‘Coffee Corner’ with breathtaking views across the Ghats. On our loop back, ‘Coffee Corner’ also served as our lunch venue (I fear Ed may struggle with the food en route). Due to the limited accommodation available in this area we are spending our second night at the guest house in Mudigere, hence the strange route today. As we are at 700m it was pretty nippy this morning and I had to wear three layers – depriving Sachin of his hoodie who then had to travel by car but it soon warmed up as Ed’s colour will testify.

 

The first thing we did when we got back to the hotel this evening was to run through the bucket and jug routine – Ed being far more manly than me and taking his water freezing cold.

I am trying to warm him up to the notion that he might like to write a guest blog at some stage – we will see.

Atul was a very happy boy today as Sachin and I gave him permission to be off 30×30 duty and to remain at the guest house to catch up on office work. He was even more excited when I told him that Ed would be typing the blog tonight.

In a strange way entering the home straight and almost being able to smell Bangalore provides its own special psychological challenge – it seems like the walk should be over very soon and yet I still have over 160km to go – so I must remain focused and concentrate on the 5/6km chunks.

Please keep all your wonderful comments coming as they continue to be one of the highlights of my day. Jez, I am not sure I can imagine snow on the runway. Also another super poem from Robin.

Love from me and Ed in Mudigere.

Chris xx

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