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: 20.0 km (Accumulated: 29740.0 km)
Elapsed time: 01:44:25
Start 10:55am., 27c, a few clouds and light wind, at km-stone "43" on hwy. E35 to Quito. Finish 13:29pm. & same, at tarmac-marker "23.000" on hwy. E35 to Quito.
Last night was spend camping at 4000m. altitude at the foothills of Volcan Cotopaxi. Its Equadors second hightest peak and one of the worlds highest active volcanoes, standing 5897m. tall. Add to this that we are within 100km of the equator - and you have a spectacular setting which we didnt want to miss. So we took a 'holiday' with only 20km of running. But tomorrow, it will be the first real challenge for Reino who is visiting from Finland. He has done very well so far (as he also did when joining me in Mozambique in Africa), but tomorrow its the end of the adaptation-period from cold lowland Finland - and instead waites a 40km stage here at 3000m. altitude in Equador !
Ultrarunners might say that 40km is "no challenge" - but they have to take into consideration that Reino is 66years old (besides beeing a ceo. of several industries back in Finland); already a remarkable effort. This sympatic and unassuming runner in typical style commented about tomorrows stage "I dont think so; we will see !". After having got to know him during 1500km of running in Africa, I know that this modesty covers a silent willpower which probably have brought him similar success in his business. We will see about tomorrow - I think he will keep up with me all the way :-)
Untill then I'll upload the reports from the last two days of 30km mountain stages as well as try to recover from a slight fever: my tent is beginning to be worn out and last night a few insects found their way into the tent - apparently their bites were not very friendly.