22/08/10 - 28/08/10
The new bunch of Charlies visited Muttilmoola, a model village in Tamil Nadu, where in partnership with CTRD Raleigh previously built housing for the Kattanayakan tribal people. It being festival time, the group also had the rare opportunity to watch a man drink chicken's blood. It is not known whether the venturers followed suit.
We are pleased to report that the school's roof was completed on the 25th August. With little time to rest on their laurels, the Charlies kept their work gloves on and began plastering the school walls, which they were all a dab hand at given their experience in making porridge in the morning. Having raised the roof in Koolal, celebrations were rounded off with tribal dancing.
Back to work, the rain fell heavily today as the group finished the inside plastering and the two outside walls. The scaffolding has been taken down and the Charlies are looking forward to living it up on their day out tomorrow.
According to sources, this resounding group have made amazing progress in the trenches of Huskurhadi. A booming voiced Scotsman (Scott) declared that 40m of trench had been dug. Not on your nelly!
Elephants were sighted in the area and a night watch was organised by the villagers to ensure that the pachyderms stayed away from Camp Coco, leaving the Echoes sleeping soundly in their comfy bashas.
Digging a more realistic 10km of trench on the 27th, the group are today taking it easy with a visit to the Golden Temple, Bylakuppe.
Up at 4:30am on the 23rd August, Tango eased into their walking boots with a 4km trek. The next day they took on a 21km trek. Survival day followed with the group split into two tribes showcasing their camp craft skills.
Rambling on through Kerala's majestic scenery, Tango trekked 2km to Lakeside and set up camp. Putting their feet up the following day, the group enjoyed a day of splashy fun building their own rafts. Relaxed and refreshed, the trekkers emerged today from their tents for a 06:00 start. After a 24km trek in the heat and rain they arrived at Shantaparam campsite in fine form.