6:30 am

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I've got my eyes on the peak of the majestic Ella rock today. Went for an early head start around 6am to avoid the midday heat and the crowd. Followed the railway tracks until the turn off point that is very easy to miss if you don't have a route map. Then I get pestered by a local who insisted that I went the wrong way. It was funny how he kept popping randomly out of the bush to keep reminding me that I needed a guide to get to the top. Half of that is true since there are a so many ways to get there and taking the wrong one could easily get you thrown off the right path. Even I got lost around the village at the base of the climb. Good thing I started noticing these blue arrows painted on trees and rocks. They eventually led me to the start of the ascend. So far so good.

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