World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 0.0 km (Accumulated: 33723.0 km)
Elapsed time: 00:00:00
[Pickup of the new support-car from Toyota].
A Thank You to the sponsors :-)
The day was spend picking up the next support-car from Toyota & LeasePlan. As its been the case here in Usa all the way from Florida and onwards up North through East USA they have provided the new Toyota Prius for my support-driver to use during the wr2.
As those who has followed the trail of world run 2 all the way since the start in 2008 up above the Polar Circle in Arctic Europe there has been quite a few support-cars 'in action' by now. All helping to carry equiptment and supplies for the daily running; in deserts, across mountains, through jungles..
But with a huge margin I have not enjoyed as "problem-free" a veichle as the Toyota. Especially in Africa where the Mitsubishi Pajero broke down a couple of critical' places in East Africa - it was an old model from the 80'ties, paid for via the main financial sponsor of world run 2, Ecco. It had an exiting history, from beeing a field-ambulance in remote rural Kenya to serving as a safari-veichle for up 10persons, finally retiring to a tranquile ownership of an old english lady settled in Nairobi; untill I purchased this extended model to give it a final test' as world run support-car from Ethiopia via Kenya to Tanzania... Also the Ford Explorer from Chile was a bit troublesome. I purchased it for the sponsor-funds and it was used as support-car from the Southern Tip of South America, across the Andes Mountain at altitudes up to 4km at the "Christo Redendor Pass" and untill it after many (Many !! ;-) mechanical breakdowns at any possible and impossible situations finally stopped functioning in Northern Chile. Then a stint with a newer Pegout Partner; one of the most unlikely cars for a support-car in remote areas, at first glance. Yet I came to appreciate this little 'utility-car' much and even be impressed with how it kept up with me without many mechanical problems while I ran through the Atacama Desert and often took it out on soft desertsand after the stages to find a good spot to pitch the expedition tents with a beautifull view of the desert sunsets..
Still; all of these and many more occational support-cars, doesnt even come close to the smooth experience I am having with the Prius here :-) Most important, though, is that it deals with a thing wich often preys on my mind when running across the different continents of our world and having my support-cars following me... That its in some way is contrary to the very idea of the world run: To experience and celebrate our planet, its nature, its cultures, its challenges to a longdistance runner ! Because - the pollution and over-use of ressources by a conventional car is about as much as one can get towards undermining that very nature wich Inspires me every day of the run; no matter what continent, contry or region of the world I find myself running through !
- So; a BIG Thank You to my sponsors for providing a way to deal w. this dilemma :-) The Prius is a hybrid car that drives on battery/electric power unless its going faster than 45-50miles per hour; and in all honesty there is very little chance that you will see a runner needing a support-car going at that kind of pace ;-))
Further I imagine that its obvious both in world run one (2004-2005, East-West around the world, 26 232km) and the ongoing world run two (2008-2012, North-South, 40 000km) that I do not put elaborate praising of the sponsors in the daily reports from the run. I very much appreciate their support - without them the wr1 and wr2 would not be possible to do - but I also know as a runner myself through 29 years that its easy to spot where there is a lot of "hollow praise" done by athletes wich in reality refers to the money involved and not the quality of the products. I prefer as with any other point in my runs to stay honest, not cut corners and put forward my sincere oppinion about what I see and experience in the world during these challenges :-)
On the other hand, this also means that once there is a report like this, focused on the sponsors - then there really is something outstanding to report. And the experience I have had so far with the Prius is exactly that: Outstanding ! Both from an aspect of comfort but just as much from the aspect of trying to be a responsible inhabitant of our mutual planet ! :-)
NB: The pickup and logistics took most of the day and while I had intended to run during the early evening I had to realise that the traffic on the dark rural road Im on at the moment it simply was too high a risk. In a run like this the most dangerous thing isnt the "wild animals" while running across the savanna of Africa, the tropical diseases thats unavoidable, or areas wich we think has a hostile culture (but in reality often hasnt: Sudan, as example, was one of the most Friendly cultures I have ever encounteret !!); no the most dangerous is the fraction of a second it takes to be hit by a car while running along the highways. I have seen too many long-distance bicyclists killed in this way during my runs to take this lightly. So; I'll have to put in a good 40km tomorow instead. Sometimes you have to let safety come first, even when you are a world runner...