World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 30.0 km (Accumulated: 28969.0 km)
Elapsed time: 02:48:21
Start 09:30am., 25c, half cloudy & light wind, at km-stone "105" on hwy. 1NN. Finish 13:10pm., 34c & same, at km-stone "135" on hwy. 1NN.
Oilfields, a new road - and a friendly Hotel :-)
...Last night our small team was camping in the middle of an oilfield, falling asleep and waking up to the sound of the puffing' and spluttering' dieselengines of the round-the-clock pumps, extracting petrol from the soil below.
I am currently running through Peru's largest oil-field, situated at the most Western point of the South American continent. As I think you can recognize from the first number of pictures in the series from todays run - it meant a landscape ravaged by oilpumps, pipelines, drills, heavy-truk tracks. I have never seen a landscape so destroyed by human interference and left a waste-land for the generations to take over. Atleast visually speaking - I can't say for certain how the actual ecological impact is; but I doubt its very good!
Iconically I passed by a sign from a Norvegian organisation which on the sign, some 15y. old, proclaimed that the area was an example of good enviromental conduct and in accordance with all ISO-standards. I was surprised to see that ! However; in South America anything is possible with the right 'persuation' (money...) and this looked like a prime example. Unless the quoted ISO-standards on the sign were concearning the latest standard for destroying an enviroment ;-)
Still; it was far from a bad expeience:
As I was running along, beeing a bit burned by the sun and contemplating our tough impact on the planet - I saw a new road beeing build up ahead. And just as I was about to think how that too is one of our many unfortunate needs for petrol-products; then I saw an old woman walking at the side of the newly laid tarmac - She was collecting wooden sticks which often is to be found at the roadside in the dust. These are, as far as I've seen, used for cooking-fire and other domestic uses in the simple brick-houses of the poorer parts of the peruvian cities and villages.
- This old woman in my oppinion show a brilliant example of how it is actually possible to manage our impact on this planet in a way which doenst play havoc with it. I was in deep respect of her. I know very well that her collecting the dusty brances from the roadside is due to lack of other needs. But this doesnt take away that is by leaps and lengths a more 'responsible' way of dealing with our common nature. And a good example of, how "poor" people of the world very often are the ones most rich in their dignity reguarding our planet. Not that I am any different from the rest of us who are leaving a gaping hole in our planets ressources - But it still makes me smile and appreciate when I see how it can be done right !! :-)
Another positive was the accomodation, after an elseway hard day of running, despite the short distance; and afterwards 2-3 hours of searching for a hotel which wasnt hugely tourist-priced (I am now entering one of the prime beach-resort areas of South America! Puzzeling enough right after the oilfield zone - but they are conveniently removed from the tourists view and main routes ;-)
- I found a little hotel/hostel which instead of the 100usd. and upwards charged... lo usd. all included. And to top it up had a very friendly staff which was eager to engage in some talks despite my very limited spanish language. A real gem' here in Mancora village amongst the more 'cool style' tourist resorts along the coast !
Now I'll see if I can gather some strength and relax at the beach a few steps away... Since I should within one or two days put in a much longer distance in order to reach the border to Equador before my visa expires. I suspect; if I dont meet this deadline, that I'll get to feel the full fun' of the authorities in Peru ;-)
PS: I have to add that during the stage the support-car nearly ran out of gasoline !! Humorous in the middle of a large-scale oil-field ;-) But it also show how its Easy to have the 'right oppinions' - but far more of a job to do something valuable about it in our everyday life. I for one could try to find the strength in the legs to run with the running-stroller for support (as in world run one) instead of the support-car to carry my supplies, water & logistics !