China Archives - Trekking The Great Wall - Black Dragon National Park

16.10.11 – 06:45am

Just woke up about 15 minutes ago. I’ve been waking up and stretching my legs all night in preparation for the day ahead. Today we’ll be at the Black Dragon National Pool and it’s supposed to be an easier but much longer trek. I just hope that my legs cope!

We’re staying at the Impression Lodge which is close to the park and one thing I’ve noticed since we arrived yesterday is that there’s some kind of thumping sound throughout the lodge. It’s literally going ‘Boom, boom, boom’ all the time like a heartbeat. I think it must be a generator of some kind. Anyway, we just had our wake up call so it’s time to get ready.

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16:50 - Day 2 of trekking over! 

Today was a 10km trek which lasted 5 ½ – 6 hours. The park was beautiful. We trekked through a large amount of forested areas with a few difficulties on the way.  It definitely did not feel as tough as yesterday but it’s still very rewarding to have completed the whole day because I don’t think I’ve ever actually trekked this kind of distance in one go! I’m not as unfit as I thought I was!

Reading this back six years later, I have to laugh at how challenging I had thought this once was! At the same time it's a great reminder of how far I've come along since then :)

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