World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 44.0 km (Accumulated: 30766.0 km)
Elapsed time: 04:09:35
Start 10:12am., 21c, rain and light wind, at km-stone "6/29RSC" on hwy. 29 to Manizales. Finish 15:27pm., 26c, overcast after rain and same, at km-stone "18/5005" to Bogota.
Today was one of those days with general change:
My supportdriver through 3months, Wilmer Sanches from Lima in Peru had to return home in order to renew his driverslicense. He had been fast to find a substitute in Alexander from Pereira who has showed similar adventure-spirit and courage as Wilmer by within 24hours saying "Yes!" to embark on a 1200km journey driving my supplies while I run towards the Northern point of Colombia and South America.
Wilmer has done a great job and showed much enthusiasm for both the run and expedition but also in reguards to always trying to improve things - wether its his english, the daily routine of the run or.. the local knowledge of what world run is (I would often pass him at roadside, busy explaining the entire run since its start Nordkapp in 2008 and forward ! :-)
If anyone should find themselves in need of a driver, expedition organizer or just a person with detailed knowledge of Peru, Equador and Southern Colombia - I can strongly recommend Wilmer and will be happy to forward the contact.
It will be interesting to see how the last month of running in Colombia and South America turns out. Much unknown terrain and conditions ahead of me at a part of the world which I have never travelled and much less run through before. Alexander also should be an interesting suppordriver: he has a background of 20years of taxidriving in New York of all places :-))
- Before the start we made a brief visit to his family where I had a chance to meet his whife and four children and as you can see from the pictures they already had the home fully decorated for Christmas !
Well on my route I experiensed another change: The terrain suddenly has changed into the usual mountanious setting which I have enjoyed, and batteled, with on-off the last 5000km of running. And in 1-2 days a 3700m. alt. pass is to be run over. The reward, though, is always amazing views out over the remote valleys and wilderness deep below the winding roads.
And, also the weather brought change. A torrential downpour made it a refreshingly cold run today so even with a lot of uphill-running on the 44km it was certainly enjoyable !
The night is spend at a small ecological lodge high in the mountains. Perfect silence and fresh air :-)