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: 40.0 km (Accumulated: 25695.0 km)
Elapsed time: 03:31:19
Country: Chile West
Start 09:56am, 10c, clear and l.wind, at green roadsign "Angofagasta 277km" at cross of hwy.5 and hwy.1. Finish 14:29pm., 24c, almost clear and same at yellow tarmac-marker "40.000" on hwy.1.
Reaching Taltal !
Its been a long run since last point with option to upload the daily reports, but I guess thats part of the experience of running through yet another desert :-)
As I hope you can enjoy from the pictures its been very diverse sceneries along the daily stages during the last six days. From the arid, brow-grey-black colours of the Desert over the bright white-blue-green of the Pacific Coast to the palms, old colonial houses and laidback life of the 14 000people city of Taltal which you can view at the end of todays pictures !
Besides todays run itself I've tried to give a little portrait of this tiny city - isloated as it sits with about 300km to Antofagasta North of it and which Chancal around 200km South of it. In some of the pictures the 'wall paintings' are in focus: I've noticed that its very common in South America, or what I have seen and run through of it so far, that the business or occupation of particular houses in the villages are shown by bright and often inspiration-filled drawings or paintings on the walls; often adding a very nice ambience to the naigbourhood !
Of the last few days the sourroundings on the stage the 17. was some of the most stunning I have seen so far in South America. Followed by a bit of a drama at the end of the next day. But you can see and read all about that in those particular reports... :-)
NB: Unfortunately I again have some problems with the Endomondo gps-system (!). Apparently it automaticly switches off when multi-tasking with the phone or on stages where I take a lot of pictures, as the case was for example today. Since a time back it was supposed to be possible for visitors to view all uploaded gps-tracks and not only the latest one; which for all practical purposes would make it a far smaller problem. It would then just be a matter of adding together the 2-5 pieces of gps-tracks from those stages where the system switches off during a run. As it is now, all that is shown is then the latest of those pieces.
It may be a matter of details, ofcourse, but in these runs its essential to me to use full documentation of all the distance, by using gps-recording devises like Endomondo as well as the gps-coded pictures you can see in the daily gallery. But also to make all documentation avaliable as the run progresses - This is done because unfortunately there over the years has been a few cases where runners has made 'shortcuts' instead of running the full way across continents; most prominentsly when Guiness chose to recognice a run were 'jumping distances' were exposed (the case of Robert Garside a few years back; where surprisingly the main expert on ultra-statistics, Andy Milroy, where removed from Guinness advisory and the 'entertainment value' given priority instead ;-)
So, for the reputation of the sport of extreme ultrarunning its quite important to do it the right way, all the way :-)