It's one of the most confronting aspects when you first arrive in India - the number of people begging you for money and food. As unfortunate as it is, you can't meet all their demands of desperation.
The famous Indian head wobble - the source of much confusion when you first encounter it. Surely it means yes? Wait a second he looks like he has no idea? Ummm maybe? To only make things more confusing it is made in complete silence
As I approached the last two km - I had my Forrest Gump moment. I just "felt like running." Despite being exhausted I didn't want to stumble my way into town, I wanted to finish off the Marathon strong
Had an awesome chat with the Daily Football Show this morning. Listen in today at 4pm AEST.
We have a chat about the walk to date, mental health and of course... Football. Carn Tottenham!
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I always find it more of a challenge to get started after a rest day. However, once that initial hurdle has been cleared the daily rhythm of walking becomes right on song - the power of momentum is magical.
Going on a hiking adventure it is important to have the gear to be prepared for all potential challenges - whilst always keeping in mind the weight.
Farmers - a life that is so susceptible to mother nature - even more so due to climate change impacts.
I decided to go and explore the Chunchankatte Falls and the temples around the Kaveri River.
Why is it that so often those who have such extreme faith feel they have a right to pass judgment on others?
It's funny how each village will vary with the way I am welcomed. This small village was buzzing with laughter and quite rightly looks of astonishment as to what the hell was I doing walking through their town!
As I went to bed that night I could only be so thankful and appreciative for the acts of kindness shown to me during the day.
Feeling vulnerable and showing emotion - especially as a male - is engrained in our macho Australian culture to hide - often due to its association with weakness. It can be a daunting prospect - as the fear of judgement, failure or feeling hurt becomes overwhelming.
The most common question after my name is.. Single? Solo? Bachelor? Confusion in their face sets in as they can't seem to work out why I am doing this all alone and enjoying doing so.
Here I was cruising along - filming thinking I was Martin Scorsese - little did I know I was only metres away from my biggest fear. A majestic 6 foot Cobra.
We walked side by side for most of the day with only small exchanges due to the language barriers. I had no idea where he was going but enjoyed the company. Silence can be a beautiful thing.
The group was started by the ever charismatic Shamari, to empower woman not only in the Coorg area, but all of India. After sharing a conversation with the women there, Shamari invited me back to stay at her homestay down the road. An option too good to refuse.
To just take in the tranquility and beauty of nature is something we have all experienced at various times - those moments when we are at that viewpoint and become reflective and contemplative.
Today was one of the most satisfying feelings I have had in my life. I don't know if I was delusional but I felt a massive high as I nearly reached the peak of Tala Kaveri.
Still finding that rhythm and balance of pace and stopping. Really gives meaning to not thinking of the end destination - have to enjoy every moment as never know what awesome opportunities might open up - whether it be people or sights to see. When that frantic mind is feeling rushed - take a moment to acknowledge it, before taking a step back to find your inner peace and soak up your surroundings.
Had a look at the map in the morning and decided to change my plans and take the scenic route. Google said only 4 hours. How was it wrong...