World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 35.0 km (Accumulated: 19989.0 km)
Elapsed time: 03:05:33
Start 08:32am. at cross of rd.56 to Kokstad & N2 to Cape Town, ca.2km outside Kokstad city on the N2 to Cape Town. 18c, o.c.and l. wind. Finish 12:27 At blue rd.sign "N2-20, 42", 40km S. of Kokstad on the N2 to Cape Town. 24c, and same.
Today I began the part of my run wich during the next 10days leads through the Transkei region of South Africa. Transkei is an area quite different in nature from the sourroundings: it most of all reminds of Northern Norway (where this, my second world run, began 1 1/2 years ago); large open valleys w. short green grass boxed in by gently sloping hills wich turns steeper and into mountain 'walls', framing in the big horizon to your left & right as you run through the valleys. (This type of landscape is, in Arctic Scandinavia where I started, shaped by the movement of the ice during the last great ice-age, carving out the mountains as the km-thick ice moved forward. What shaped the same kind of landscape here in Africa I am curious about ;-)
But Transkei also holds a part of S. Africas political history; it was one of the "homelands" strictly reserved for black population during the apartheit-period. Even today, where people can move and settle as they want in this beautifull contry on the tip of Africa, there are more or less only black-africans in the Transkei region wich has a clearly lower standard of living/housing, agricultural development, infrastructure etc.
I have been warned almost daily since I entered S. A. ca. 600km of running ago from the border of Swaziland, that the risk of theft & violent crime would be very high as I run through Transkei. Luckily I again today had great company by the runners from Kokstad just North of Transkei who daily trains in the area I run through. Very very enjoyable company wich meant that the kmalso today seemed to 'fly by' as we ran through the amazing landscapes together :-)
The supportcar was driven by my host Dion, also from Kokstad, who has given me an interesting glimse of the "Afrikaans" culture (white-africans) during my two day stay at his home in the farmlands after the daily running. Much appreciated !!
Btw.. 11km into tomorrows run I should reach the 20 000km point of world run 2. I must admit that its a far more emotional thing than when I reached 20 000km in world run 1 (in North America, on the Canadian prearies) - since I in East Africa came much closer to giving up than I ever were during world run 1; on occation even surviving was not a given thing - but that is difficult to explain, luckily ! :-)
Nb: Reg. my personal impression of the political situation in South Africa I will wait to write untill I have had much more inputs/experienses to base my views on. Sufficient tosay now: it seems a Much more complex situation than the media portraits it - atleast as its done up in europe :-)