World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 50.0 km (Accumulated: 16875.8 km)
Elapsed time: 05:00:01
Start 11:45am. at green roadsign "<- Nampula 86km" in Namialo, on the hwy to Maputo. 33c, v. humid and no wind. Finish 18:21pm. At teletower & powerstation 50km S.-W. of Namialo on the N8-hwy to Maputo. 26c, cloudy/sunset and l. wind.
50 ! :-))
FINALLY back at 50km !!!
I think its been 4 months since I had the surplus to reach my old average (! Fever, the logistics 'circus' of running through Africa and tropical deceases has taken much out, but it seems that the body, and spirit :-), is upward bound again. Just took 5000k of patience :-)
Its a joy to share the stage w. Sarah and Im certain that had she not been running beside me, I'd still be 'stuck' thinking that 40km is my daily limit after getting tired at the 13 000km mark in this world run (I was doing 50km ave. in wr1 untill fatigue struck on the Canadian praies at 20-21 000km).
If (IF...) I can hang on to 40-50km pr. day it could make a big difference reg. the timing of the remaining 23 000km !
Btw. a beautifull stage where we got started a bit late due to a long drive from our accomodation at a charming old "pensao" on Ilha de Mozambique - UN world heritage site and one of the most fascinating places I have seen on wr2. Perhaps the most interesting/impressive place I've experiensed along w. Eastern Siberia in world run 1 (Siberia, its people, nature and Friendship is always somewhere on my mind no matter how hard a challenge I find myself in :-)
- Yesterday evening Sarah and I took a walk along the oceanfront on this small island in the Indian Ocean just off Moz.'s coast. It used to be the capital when Portugal still ruled, from the 15th. century to late 19.th. The island w. its ancient administrative buildings is kept intact as it was after the Mozambique people took over power, and sits as a quiet timepocket sourrounded by coralreefs.
In the sinking sun we visited the fortress and its tiny catolic stone-chatedral; the oldest intact european building on the Southern hemisphere.
Strange; to be the two only visitors, in almost total silense as a local guard gave us a tour and whispering gave the story of the fort - and the chapel: prisoners & slaves was kept there from its construction in the 1520'ties; the slaves to be shipped off through a gate in the thick walls; the prisoners were kept for 6months then taken to mess at the chapel - and then executed.
There were an eerie silense as we stood alone in thesmall white chapel, hearing a lazy tide lick up against the walls every now and again.
.. What we talked about during the 50km ?
- the annual 3100milerace in New York; its champions (Aspirinal Alto and Wolfgang Schwerk; in my oppinion the two present best extreme ultrarunners in the world ! :-)
.. The 3100mile on a 880yard track is not for me, though. But; if they put on a 10 000km race :-)) Yes !! One can always dream !