World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 30.0 km (Accumulated: 29254.0 km)
Elapsed time: 02:48:12
Start 11:45am., 21c, cloudy & strong wind, at km-sign on auto barrier "97" on hwy. E80 to Cuenca. Finish 16:12pm., 27c, half-clear, med.wind, at km-marker on lightpole "70.140" on E80 to Cuenca.
I'm now heading into more mountainous terrain and it has its consequenses...
Ofcourse its most of all a very welcome re-visit up into the Andes Mountains, with amazing views and silent remote valleys. But its also a challenge. And not only for the runner; the support-car had to get some special care' before the stage and, as you can see from the picture-series, also during.
However, I did get my own serving of hardship today ;-) The road turned out to be not quite what I had expected. After 20km a rock-slide had closed off the direct road ahead, and the police was in place to direct both runner and car along an 8km detour (with its own rockslides -see pictures). And a detour it was:
After having earned' the amazing vistas over the terrain below by tough but expected uphill running - the detour send me immideately down from the mountain ridge... and into a valley faaar below.
And that, obviously, had the consequense that I somehow had to get back up on the old road in order to continue running Northbound in direction North America & Canada :-)
Easy to say. Painfull to do.
The new road linking back up to the old road on the mountainridge, past the rock-slide, was steep. And by steep, I mean something which made my hugely enjoyable run across the Cristo Redondor Pass at 4000m. altitude (5000km back running through Argentina) feel like it was a few steps on a ladder.
And I gues it tells the story of "What you prepare for becomes easy. What catches you by surprise nearly stops you". Atleast when its concearning very-long distance running or expeditions. The pictures from today should give you an idea of how this short 30km stage fealt..