PASSION AND TEST OF ENDURANCE
As we continued on the steep climb, exhaustion forced us to put down our stuff every now and then. But the exhaustion could not prevent us from enjoying the beauty surrounding us. The promise ahead, that is of a glimpse of natural wonders very few have had the privilege to witness, encouraged us all not to give up but to carry on, on a path that undoubtedly many would regard as the ‘stairway to the doors of heaven’. So on we went against all odds, and despite the curses some of us loudmouths threw during the trek, I would like to believe that for all of us, this was probably the most amazing though understandably quite enduring part of the journey.
The endurance and patience paid off as when we reached the end of the steep climb, it was as if one had entered heaven. The unspoiled beauty of Dzukou had been hidden by the surrounding forest we had just trekked through. This was a much necessary halt for our lunch as we had yet to cover five more kilometers, although through a much easier terrain. I doubt most would even barely remember the lunch as every other memory was diminished by the delightful sights that had begun from there on and awaited us along the journey further ahead. The untapped greenery was unrivalled by the likes of anything we had probably seen or encountered before. Post lunch, we headed straight for what was to be sweeter than all our fantasies.