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The map shows the position of which the pictures for the day are taken (if any). The start and finish markers are placed at the first and last valid registered position. This is not nessesary the actual start and finish position, if GSM or GPS signals was not available.
Distance today: 43.0 km (Accumulated: 12763.8 km)
Elapsed time: 04:18:10
Start 07:30am. At km-marker 309 on the main rd. to Addis Abeba. 17c, clear and l. wind. Finish 13:17pm. At first village at Valma village on the main rd. to Addis Abeba. 26c, a few clouds and same.
... And then there is suddenly a Good day in the ethiopian part of wr2 :-)
Had small and large groups of children running along with me allmost all day, often barefoot on tarmac and stones.
This time I once again tried to explainthats its not nice to scream "Yuo, YOU !!" and "GIVE ME .. !!!" as the only way to meet a foreigner - and it worked !! :-)
Why I dont know (I've tried all kinds of semi-pedagogic procedures w. no effect ;-)
But it became an enjoyable day as allmost every day is in all other contries of the world run !
While running across huge highland plains and up a few very steep passes we exchanged stories about running, talked ab. the nature, their school and the history of the great ethiopian runners - mainly Abebe Bikila who won Ethiopias first Olympic gold medal in Rome allmost 50 years ago. They all know him :-) Who by the way ran barefoot just like them !
... And a little talk about that they can reach just as far, also in school; if they never forget to have high goals :-)
Even if the difficulties are big !!
It was Great to have a peacefull day !!! As you can read in the last few reports that has not beenthe standard ;-)
- From tomorrow I'm entering into areas where it may be difficult to transmit the reports due to v. limited network capacity; even from the capital Addis Abeba. But I'll do my best to keep you updated about the 'ethiopian running adventures' - and surviving them :-)
/jesper, world run2
NB: In Ethiopia gprs-service (global phone roaming service) is not yet avaliable for datatransmission. Therefore the Live-gps data cant be transmittet to the website as usual. It may first be avaliable in Kenya. Untill then traditional documentation is used: photo, logbook, video, wittness etc. !