World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 35.0 km (Accumulated: 28700.0 km)
Elapsed time: 03:20:56
Start 12:21, 26c, allmost clear & med. wind, at km-stone "865" on hwy. 1N. Finish 16:36pm., 24c, half overcast & same, at km-stone "900" on hwy. 1N.
Outdoor life... And indoor joys ;-)
Its been nearly one month since I last pitched the expedition tent. Usually its one of the many joy's of the world run's to get as close to our nature and earth as possible - and tenting throughout all kind of nature is an integral part of this. It brings you closer to the subtle change in terrain and nature as one slowly moves across the continents and adds to the appreciation of the diversity and understanding-by-feeling/living of each specific enviroment.
So, why has it been so long without tenting ? ;-) ...
- I have to admit that one reason is that the temperature is beginning to rise once again, as Im making my way to the second crossing of the equator here in world run 2 (the previous one beeing when I ran through Africa, North - South during the year of 2009 to 2010). And, tenting in tropical conditions; isnt the most pleasant of things, especially so if you have just run between 20 to 60km's and might be a tiny bit sweaty and warm.
But there are other factors two wich is more unique to the present situation: most of all that hotels and accomdation in Peru is extremely affordable :-) The same can be said of some (but far from all) of the regions of Africa and East Africa, but the standard is much different. While you can get a cheap hotelroom in Sudan or East Africa, then this often also means that you'll be sharing the facilities with a heard of goats or sheep - or you'll notice without much search that some of them might have overnighted' in your room the previous night, leaving their clear 'visit cards' around the room ;-)) In Peru, a cheap hotel means shower, electric power, a clean room and often even tv. This, is more or less unthinkable in East Africa, unless we are talking up-scale and quite expensive 'western style' accomodations.
To give an idea: a cheap room is between 7 to 20usd. With the 20usd. and upwards normally giving you a 3-star class hotelroom (!). For this amount, you will get a laugh, if you try to find any kind of accomodation in Europe ;-)
Still; I have to say that losing my tent-poles for the expedition tent also makes me think twice before pitcing it. Sleeping in a tent without its proper poles is... an interesting experiense and takes a little bit of engineering' to make possible. But luckily I've still got a spare set from my African tent' and with some tweaking they nearly fit the new tent.
With any luck, I'll find a local carpenter-shop soon to get a pair of bamboo sticks fittet in the right length and shape to be stand in' for the lost poles !