World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 30.0 km (Accumulated: 28480.0 km)
Elapsed time: 02:52:58
Start 09:38am., 16c, overcast & light wind, at km-stone "650" on hwy. 1N. Finish 13:36pm., 26c, slight cloudcover & same, at km-stone "680" on hwy. 1N.
The 4-tooth Smile :-)
.. As I run further North along the West Coast of the South American continent, the traffic and mentality begins to remind slightly of what I experiensed while running through East Africa:
The trucks and cars fairly careless about 'softer' traffic like motorcycles, bicycles, mules or - runners ! Its not unlikely to meet cars going happily along at the side of the road, opposite direction of the rest of the traffic. That a runner is using the same rough shoulder' off the road to run on is no bother to them; as long as I jump for life & health to avoid beeing hit ;-)
Not entirely pleasant once it becomes the rule and not the exception of a typical running day. Not so much because of the stress' it induces; as the impression of the carefree feeling towards others life it shows. Its hard to find that mentality really sympatic, not made much better by the fact that parrallel with this the devotion to religion seems to be stronger in these areas - meaning that at the same time as God's and Saints of all sorts are mentioned and praised; there is showed general disreguard for the value of others life's. A bit of a sad example of the distance between the Word of Religion, and, the Way its put into Reality. Almost no matter what particular religion.
As it is with politics in many cases too.
Yet; when like today, one person greets me with a broad smile and cheerfully shouts of encouragement for the road ahead - then it outbalances all the negative encounters. And on this particular day; there were not one but two intensely encouraging people along the dusty road. I guess both well into their old age and with apparently round about' four teeth left to shout and chew with :-) But as far as cheering, these old gentlemen used them to supreme effect - whishing strength for the run and good speed !!
Between them their total of 8-10 teeth more or less match half of what I have left after dropping a fair bit of teeth myself during the year of running through Africa and now in South America. But the Joy of moving forward; I think we have in big amount instead, and its a trade Im happy to do anyday :-))