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: 51.0 km (Accumulated: 26569.0 km)
Elapsed time: 04:41:20
Country: Chile West
Start 10:00am., 26c, clear and l.wind, at green km-marker "km 1920" on hwy.5. Finish 16:34pm., 22c and same at green km-sign "1971" on hwy.5.
Preparing for the 40y. birthday !
As a part of the preparation for the 40y. birthday coming up in a few weeks (2.July), I ofcourse took the oppotunity to finish one of the daily stages at km-marker 1971 on the Panamerican Highway which goes through all the contries on South Americas Westcoast.
The stage got a bit longer than planned, but, as you can see from the pictures, it was downhill for a considerable part of it - actually 17km downhill (!) Sweet !
Amazingly there was during the downhill run a brilliant view of the green oasis sitting at the bottom of the about 1100m. deep valley which an ancient river had carved out in the desert mountains thrugh millions of years. Now dried out, but apparently still having reservoirs of water below the sand.
We were lucky to find a fantastic campspot right by the ocean after the finish and enjoyed falling asleep to the thunder of waves crashing on the cliffs and sand a few meters from the tents.
A little bit less delightfull experiense was that a van drowe down to the remote and empty beach at about 1.30am., parked right next to our small supportcar and a few men came out and started to search for something w. flashlights. Alexander and I kept `firewatch` from our tents for a few hours I can guarantee ! And we are well armed should it come to that: a swizz army knife with a blade long enough to peel a tiny lemon and two bugs-spray cans. That should be enough to keep any intruders at distance - if they are mosquitoes, sandflies or only armed with oranges !
NB: The gps hasnt worked properly the last few days ! I am trying to figure out what the problem is. So far it only randomly - if at all - gps-stamps the pictures and the endomondo system doesnt start up at all. Jamie will fly in from Santiago in about 5 days with a new unit since this part of the documentation is crucial and I dont think I can fix the electronics out here in the desert.