Day 16: Getting Back from the Hike
Getting up was one thing. Getting down was another. Although we were told it was easier than going up, going down was as tiring as going up. We still needed to use our energy and because there were a lot of loose rocks and slippery roads along the way. Honestly, going through these made my feet more tired than it had going up which surprised me. I think it was because I had the mindset that this was going to be so easy but when it was not, it made me feel more discouraged. Along the way down the hike when we were about 30 minutes away from the bus, I started to get a stomach ache which did not help the pain in my shoes. Even so, I continued along all the switchbacks of the dirt red road and at the two hundred metres point from the bus, we all held hands and walked. That was a great time and probably the second best part of the trip (the first being the view on 3232) because we were all united and ready to finally get on the bus.
When we did get on the bus, it was a relief and looking back, we realized that we did not conquer the mountain, we just accomplished it. There are so many people that have climbed that mountain for years just to have a living. When we arrived back in YangZhuoRan, people were so tired that they just fell onto the ground while the rest of us went to shower.