World Run II / Reports
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: 30.0 km (Accumulated: 21811.0 km)
Elapsed time: 02:42:52
Start 11:20am., 17c, storm, half overcast. At black & white km-marker "KM 2640" on hwy. 3 to Bournes Aires.
Finish 14:37pm., 18c, strong storm and same. At blue roadsign "Aduana de Rio Gallegos" 500meters after black & white km-marker "KM 2610" on hwy. 3 to Bournes Aires, at the South end of Rio Gallegos city.
Storm & tailwind :-)
One of the most windy stages I have run came early here on my 5.th. continent of the world run's. During the night it picked up strength, breaking one of the poles in my tent early in the morning as we struggled to take down the tents without them or the luggage flying away out over the broad, flat Pampas plains of Southern Argentina.
- the horizon down here is Fantastic; it somehow seems wider and broader than most other places. A bit like when running across the huge plains of Western Australia and the Nullabor plains. The eye and mind find joy in such vastness, such possibilities of endless travel :-)
At the same time the sky appears to be lower; the clouds dragging over many shades of blue sky above at a staggering speed and you nearly want to bend the head a bit to stay clear ;-)
No matter how I or Jamie, my excellent support-driver and cameraman from the U.K., bend out heads - then the storm got the best of us today:
First the tentpole breaking. Next my good Ecco Biom B running shoes attempted to run off without me as soon as I put them down on the tarmac while getting ready at the starting point. Later, during an increasing windforce, the driver-side door in our car broke at the handle from the wind-pull when opening and closing it. Minor details was the obstacles of getting the calfs sand-blasted, my glasses flying off the head and ... some technical problems when trying to do a quick toilet-visit while the wind-gusts moved your legs for you at the most unfortunate times ;-)
...The benefits, though, were much larger: the strong storm happened to be almost exactly in my back giving a chance to occationaly run at a pace I have not been able to keep for many years now - the wind pushing me along at up to 17km/hour (3:30 to 4min/km) while I would normally jogg along in the world runs at 10 - 12km/h. (5:00 to 6min/km).
The best part was that it blew me literally right into the first Argentinian city after the border: Rio Galgos of approximately 50 000 inhabitants - with pleaty of hotel options and a chance to get a hot shower, wash the clothes and upload pictures to website and connect with friends around the globe.
- We plan to make Rio Gallegos our base for 3 days as I run through and out of city, going back after each stage by my supportcar. After those "3 days in heaven" its out on the windy plains again; to experience the next "7 days of oneness with nature" as its slowly taken in step by step :-)
The exact route can be seen via the gps-documentation system which transmits live as I run. In case of lack of transmission signal it will be uploaded automaticly when I reach carrier signal again.
When you click at the "live coverage" you need to further click on "jesper kenn olsen" in order to see the stages which has been completed if I am finished with the days running, since I am thus not transmitting live before the next day. The time you see at the live-coverage is the total time spend on that particular stage from the run starts to the finsh point (including time spend on reststops for food, water, navigation, local authorities, road safety etc.) where as the time at the top of this report is the "stopwatch time" which is excl. all stops.
The pictures from the stages will usually be uploaded in the evening but can be delayed depending on wether I have data-signal to transmit them. They will be displayed under each daily report when you click on "Reports" in the main meny and select the contry or continent I am currently running on. They are coded with the gps-location at which they are taken and their position will be displayed on the little map next to the report.
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