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: 30.0 km (Accumulated: 33180.0 km)
Elapsed time: 02:47:23
Start 10:40am., 18c, overcast & light wind, at cross of Red Bank Rd. & Hwy.15. Finish 13:51pm., 24c and same, at cross of Our Dream Lane & Hwy.15.
Thourghts of Siberia - and a snakebite !
Running across the open farmlands and pine forrests of South Carolina in an odd way brings memories from the Siberian part of my first world run back in 2004-2005.
You might not associate this part of the Usa or indeed at all this part of the world with Siberia ! And yet, when you look at the pictures from todays stage you perhaps can see the similarity: Despite that ofcourse the weather and temperature are wastly different even when its wintertime here, then the worn down farmhouses, the wooden buildings, the state of the econonmy - what comes in mind when comparing with the 5 other continents I have run straight through... Is Siberia !
Before you take this as a negative impression then I have to underline that actually Siberia was the main highlight of the first world run. And the warmth of the people, the quiet dignity of their lives and also their throughfullness, their devotion to never be satisfied with 'an easy answer' or to seek 'an easy life' is a thing wich has followed me as a valuable experiense since than and has had me returning to visit Siberia; the most fascinating area I have seen on all those continents :-)
Reguarding these positives' then South Carolina in its poor rural regions also shares this warmth. The down-to-earth meetings while I slowly run through the state. But ofcourse the nature is much more under then command of civilization here than it perpahs ever will be in Siberia (especially in Eastern Siberia wich in all honesty is much different from anywhere else!).
Still the nature isnt without its challenges here eighter: With about 45minutes left of the stage I ran on an old pathway next to the street; covered in leaves and small sticks. A small snake must have been resting under some of them and I got a small bite in the left ancle when I probably stepped on it, not noticing anything before it struck. All happening very fast and since it didnt hurt much I assumed that it was a harmless snake and nothing to worry more about.
There was a little bit of nausea towards the end of the run but not more than I could finish those last 7km's. However, after than the fun began... A near black-out after the stage was finished. Then barely making it into my motelroom before a 12-hour 'party' of throwing up, spiking fever, stomack & leg cramps began. 30min's throwing up - 30min.s sleeping/doozing off and over again. Not too nice and surely enough to make me realize that having the run through Africa and South America behind me now doesnt insure that things are "safe" in the run. Not by a fair margin ;-)
NB: This report is written with a few days delay as I was too sick to update things and upload reports right after the experiense.