17 Oct

Deborah #IhavegutsWoo hoo I did it! I completed my trek on the Great Wall of China and I’m elated and sad all at the same time.

Great Wall final dayWe set off for our trek around 7.45 this morning and drove for about 90 minutes to the Juyongguan Pass which is closer to Beijing. Alan, our Chinese guide, warned us to expect more people and he wasn’t wrong. Coach loads of Chinese tourists were climbing the Wall, although thankfully mostly on the other side to us.

The scenery was dramatic with mountains all around but we’ve all been spoilt by the peace and tranquillity of the remote places we have visited and actually seen very few people or cars. Here in stark contrast, wherever you went, you could hear the hum of the busy road that cut through the valley.

The Wall was lovely as ever and of course we were instantly challenged to a steep climb. I’ve got to be honest – it was steep but a delight after yesterday!

We walked for a couple of hours only today, which felt too short for me. I would have liked to be back in Jinshanling with mountains stretching all around me. Of course, the purpose of today’s walk was for closure and to finish with a celebration. So after the trek, we all walked as a group off the Wall where Jen and Mark (our Discover Adventure trek leaders) were waiting with bottles of Chinese fizz. There was happiness and tears.

Great Wall Trek groupIt’s been an incredible challenge and for some of the group it’s been harder mentally and physically than others. The group has ranged in age from 21 – early 50s yet we’ve bonded well and also found our comfort points within the group. I’ve been particularly impressed with some of the younger members of our group. There are a few who have barely travelled, have struggled physically and felt homesick, and yet here they are completing this amazing challenge. I’m in sheer admiration of their achievements. Fantastic.

Deborah trek shirtAfter the trek we drove back towards Beijing and stopped briefly in a silk factory and museum which was interesting and then went on to have a foot massage. It was great, but oh my goodness it was so painful. I think my masseuse found every aching muscle in my feet and legs and there were a lot of them! I’m sure it will help in the long term.

We are off out now for our celebration meal as a group. Tomorrow we have a day exploring Beijing. Will write more then.

Happy weekend all.

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2 Responses to “#Ihaveguts”

  1. Lesley Shannon October 17, 2014 at 2:45 pm #

    wonderful, so pleased you did such an amazing thing, go rest up now, well done to everyone love all the photographs x amazing

    • Helen Johnson October 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

      WHOOP WHOOP well done Deborah so very proud of you! 😊😊 xxx

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