Togothon, day 2 part I
Trip Start Aug 04, 2009
57Trip End Dec 13, 2009
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So we started our walk. We decided the night before that it might be a better idea (based on how we were feeling) to split this day’s distance into 2 days: thus we would only walk about 20k instead of the expected 40 or so (Friday was intended to be our longest day of the trip originally). Kayleigh, Matt, and Leslie all seemed to feel pretty bad still in the morning: all of them had blisters on their feet and were aching pretty bad. I had some pain in my right knee, but overall didn’t feel too rough- especially after being out of bed for about 10 minutes
The sun was up by 6am, but it didn’t get hot until 7:30 or 8 am usually—and even though I was sweating at that point, I didn’t really start to mind the heat until 9:30. So, when it got to be 9:30 and none of us had had both breakfast and water that morning we got kind of freaked out about it. We hadn’t passed any towns or huts since Tsevie essentially. The landscapes were pretty amazing, though. The countryside of Togo is a very vibrant green and we were in the maritime region technically I think so you could see out pretty far. This was the one day when we went up significantly sized hills, as well I think. It is also the day that we started taking more pictures (so you will be able to see them once I upload them).
Around 9:30 we finally approached a couple mud houses with palm leaf roofs. We didn’t know where we were at the time but we all knew that wherever we were, we needed to find water. So we walked up to a house where we saw a woman laying just inside the doorway. We walked up and said the same old thing "nous cherchons de l’eau: comme 'pure water.’ Est-ce que tu connais ou nous pouvons le trouver?" I think she must not have spoken french, probably only Ewe because she called a man from across the street to come talk to us