World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 44.0 km (Accumulated: 31944.0 km)
Elapsed time: 04:24:16
Start 12:04 at the "Southernmost Point" marker at Key West, FL, USA, 25c, almost clear & light wind. Finish 17:42pm. at "mile 27" on hwy. 1, 28c, humid, sunset & same.
Key West !
Today, finally, was the start of the last continent of world run 2, North America.
I enjoyed a peacefull run through Key West - starting down the street that for a number of years was home to Ernest Hemingway (he apparently wrote Farewell to Arms here amongst others) - and then over a number of small bridges over the lagoons, corel-reefs and bright blue lagoon :-)
One first impression is how safe the traffic is to run in !! An important thing as traffic safety often is my main 'risk' during these runs. Even bikepaths was a choice ! (I've had the option of running on bikepaths for a total of 8-10km's during the last 10 000km through South America).
The american hospitality, wich I remember from my run West-East across North America in 2005/world run one certainly also was there: For example I hadnt run many km's before an old man on a bike rolled up by my side: "Hey, what are you doing there, mate ?". After explaning that it was my 4. continent on a run around the world he nearly fell off his bicycle. Then collected himself and gave a grand "WELLCOME" to USA - he was from South Carolina himself, as far as I could understand through his thick accent :-)
One of the peculiar experienses through the day was when I was looking to find a supermarket - I often do daily errands while I'm on my way through the stage; visiting atm's, supermarkets etc. along the route to supply up'. Once I was out of Key West it became quite remote areas with palmtrees, pelicans and the camera-crew (Ecco's) as the only things sourrounding me. Suddenly a "Superstore" at the roadside. I ran up to the door - surely they'd have a bit of canned food & a few bottles of energy-drink.
They did have a little selection of energy-drinks; but not so much canned food: It turned out to be an "Adult Superstore" ! I think they were surprised that I was looking for a lot of energy - but very little 'entertainment' ;-) The road, the nature and the fresh breeze from the lagoon beeing enough entertainment for me today !