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: 44.0 km (Accumulated: 29329.0 km)
Elapsed time: 04:21:25
Start 09:00am., 21c, cloudy, no wind, at km-stone "40" on E80/E59 to Cuenca. Finish 15:45pm., 23c, thin clouds & light wind, at red shopsign "Punto" on Ave. Americana, in Cuenca city.
After yesterdays struggle I got myself a good sleep and made a new 'battleplan' to deal w. the rising altitude combined w. the sharp sun: To take it easy and take time to enjoy the magnificent views at 2000-2700m. alt. out over the Equadorian nature which is amongst the most varied in the world. And besides this to get a bit earlier up - so I dont dehydrate in the blistering uv-rays here 300km from equator.
It worked to the extend that I instead of a bothershome 31km yesterday (pic. & impressions of the dehydration is in yesterdays report)... got a 44km run which brought me the first step of my way through the central mainland of Equador and Colombia:
- To the "altiplano", the highlands, and as you can see from the pictures its a completely different enviroment than the 3 other vegetation zones I've had the joy of running in- and up through the last 4days from the Pacific Ocean, through the steamy humid banana plantations of the low-lands, the equally humid but more temperate rainforrest on the foothills of the Andes, then pine-forrests and finally today up into the Andes Mountains themselves. Also enjoyable with the local support and interest in the run. Much more enthusiasm already after a little week of running here than during half a year in Argentina, Chile and Peru. Today a video journalist followed along and did an interview on a mountain side. Three days ago a couple of school children spontanious ran along with me for about 7km's. And each day often encouraging words or shouts from the local's along the road. I ENJOY running in Equador !
But ofcourse it took its toll to get the 44km done, and now its time to relax and recover. When that is done I'll upload yesterdays struggle-report' ;-)
Untill then I'll be in the bathtub with 1liter icecream and half a kg of chocolate...
NB: The Endomondo gps-tracking program shut down after 24km today. Unfortunately I first noticed this 6km later - so todays gps-track consists of one 24km track + a 14km track. If you do take a look at the two tracks today, via the endomondo link below the report, you'll notice that the first part has a very variable altitude; from 2000 up to 2700m., but the last 14km has nearly no climb or descend - Typical for the "altiplano" which I reached on the last half of the run.
Unfortunately Endomondo and other live-gps programs are not the most stable software so things like todays autoshut-down happens from time to time, especially when at the same time taking pictures and recording video's w. the phone. But as always you can view the gps-stamped pictures in connection w. the daily report, which I use to document the run step by step along w. the logbook, video-clips and the online reports. The daily pictures and the gps-locations each of them are taken at can always be viewed via www.worldrun.org/report_index.php
This system to rapidly upload the gps-pictures to the website is developed by my excellent webmaster through both world run one & world run two, Kasper Vibe-Leonhardt. Who so far hasnt made any solutions which didnt work at a near 100% stability. Thanks for the awsome support through all the years Kasper :-))