Don't fall off!
Part of the ride to the starting point was extremely bumpy. This video does not do it justice:
We eventually arrived at the starting point; it looked to me like some nondescript spot in the woods. I met my team at the starting point; 9 in total- 7 porters, one chef and my guide. It was certainly a strange feeling climbing out of the truck and having 9 sets of Tanzanian eyes stare at me. As I was the only female-and a foreigner, at that-I was curious as to how the dynamics of our team would work.
Herman and I ate a brief lunch while the porters assembled and packed all of our gear. I remember feeling both nervous and excited. What would the next eight days bring?