annapurna trek, nepal
permits in hand, a light pack and an early morning bus from kathmandu to besisahar where i kick off the annapurna circuit trek the following morning.
dumped in a dusty one road town i see no evidence of trekkers or supply shops. the locals are indifferent to me. cool. i walk.
end of town the permit office, a few shops & some trekker guest houses / eateries. accommodations basic, clean w/ shared squat toilet & shower. typical. a sandwich, a toke, a good nights sleep & i am stoked to hit the trail in the morn.
i am totally solo on this one, really is low season, no other trekkers around.
decent weather, heavy breath, waterfalls, goats, i walk w local donkey porters, wind & rain start to whip up. maybe i packed too light. next village looks desolate, few buildings, i pop into a tea house, order coffee. three men in the corner speaking french are wrapping up lunch. i intro myself, they are trekking on. i ask if i can tag along - ‘yes, of course’ as they head out the door.
gulp coffee, pay bill, run after the boys like an eager little sister.. ‘wait up’