Today was a hike like no other. It's the hardest that I ever had. It's a 35 Kilometer trekking and trail running with ascent and descent in various heights, which make it feel like 70KM in difficulty if done in plain terrain.
Today, we encountered varied stone and soil compositions, making it hard to adjust the grip of our sole, since the slippery mud is ever present throughout the trail. We found only few areas where the soil are dry, which increased our foot traction. My friends called it "Super Laspag" instead of "Laspag". We are welcomed by moderate drizzles, which turned into a heavy rain for 1 hour as we begun our climb at 5am in the morning. The river we crossed at the start is one of those unpredictable rivers that has a behaviour that goes from a peaceful shallow to an untraversable and wild in a jiffy. After that, the climate maintained slightly cold, not until we reach Babag where the sun finally shows her full glory, giving us a harder path to the end because of the scorching heat.
Most, if not all (but I think all of us) experienced the super trail intenirary for the first time.
It was something new to me as I'm only accustomed to minor hikes, since I can't join major climbs due to my Sabbath observant. That's comepletely okay with me though.
It was a hike that tested my limits to its utmost capacity. There and then did I know that I achieved more than what I think myself could.
It is only a living testimony that the grace the of God is open for all, we just need to ask for it, for God can do wonders and bring in strength we previously questioned.
In the end of the trail, I really praise God for He showed me that what we can accomplish is not by our might, but by His providence of what we needed. We only have to BELIEVE. •