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: 20.0 km (Accumulated: 26689.0 km)
Elapsed time: 01:56:44
Country: Chile West
Start 11:15am., 13c, overcast and l.wind, at green km-sign "km 2070" on hwy.5. Finish 13:21pm., 17c, humid and same, at green km-sign "2087" on hwy.5.
(Nb: the distance between signs and the actual distance differs since I ran through Arica instead of bypassing on the hwy.5).
The stage today was a typical example of why running through the cities across the varios contries of the world can sometimes be a challenge in itself: Besides navigating fairly swift through the maze of streets (the Norhtamerican and the Australian cities are easy in that way though, almost always a straight grid-system of streets), there is nearly each time a risk of loosing contact between supportcar and runner as both dives' through intense traffic and dodges one-way streets, road-work and re-directions of traffic. The run though Arica with its 200 000citizens plus suburbs was no exception. After 3km we lost bearing of eachother and while Alex went donw one street I ran down another. Both certain that the other was "just up ahead" - that quickly turned out not to be the case and I got utterly lost and.. in the process the temper was lost too !
However Alex is a very patient type of american who take all the outburst of oppinions with a stoic calm. And also this time - and we finally got me running out on the other side of the city - bound for the border to Peru which should be just a few kms ahead now !!
NB: Two days ago Jamie flew in from Santiago with a replacement for the gps-unit which stopped working. The replacement works and tracks the running - but - I cant get it to upload the track to the internet. I'll work on a solution ! In the mean time I'll make sure that each stage has pleanty of photo's to supplement the documentation, though the gps-track of the run is always the best form of documentation.