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: 31.0 km (Accumulated: 33263.0 km)
Elapsed time: 02:46:41
Start 10:20am., 14c, light clouds & med. wind, at cross of local road SC 14-42 & hwy.15. Finish 13:44pm., 19c and same, at green roadsign "Bishopville 24" on hwy.15 in Sumter city.
A dramatic week in South Carolina !
One should think that the biggest challenges during this second run around the world would come during the parts running through Africa and South America - but as a typical expedition rule, the surprises often come when your alertness is least !
Tuesday I got bit by a snake during the stage and thinking not much of it I decided to do the remaning 45minutes. Later; cramps, nausea and all-night throwing up. A solid lesson to not take safety for granted just because I am not running in the more 'wild areas' of the world right now. It took a few days to get back to normal and while doing short slightly shaken daily stages I had a little encounter with a local in one of the poor rural areas who was not that satisfied with me running on the road in his area (to put it very politely ;-).
Yet - the week ended very good; infact much better than I could have hoped for and certainly far more positive than its difficult start:
When my supportdriver, Morten, and I arrived at the motel in Sumter city where we drowe up after yesterdays finish out in the remote rural farmfields, the owner asked what two dainsh people were doing here in South Carolina and we began to tell the somewhat long-drawn story of the world run 2... After that, he and his whife insisted that we stayed at the motel for free !! What a nice surprise :-) And things were not at a finish there, the motel is located at the historic center of Sumter and with its ambience of years and decades gone by and local city history reaching back to the 1740'ties - it fealt much more like a "home" than the usual generic motelrooms I am used to by now: a bed, a bathroom and an interstate highway running through the back yard. This time, only a few minutes walk from the centre of the city; old buildings and a lively naighbourhood ! I'll upload a few pictures but else www.mountvernoninnsc.com migh give an idea..
To complete the day, the inbox had an email waiting from a runner I met back in California in 2005 during world run one - insisting on donating some funds to the run this second time through the states. What a change in a week that started much much more difficult than it ended :-)
Now it will be up to me to honour all this positive support by getting back in the 40-kilometre stages instead of the 30km-and-less that I have been stuck at for nearly 2 weeks now wrestling with various surprising obstacles !
NB: The reports from the last few days will be uploaded shortly - and so will the details of the drama's of this curious week ;-)