World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 28.0 km (Accumulated: 33817.0 km)
Elapsed time: 02:36:56
Start 10:45am., 22c, half clear & light wind, at cross of Butler Rd. & Hwy.1. Finish 13:36pm., 29c & same, at cross of Hwy.620 & Hwy.1 in Peterburg.
...A bit of a tougher stage after the nice run in the warm springweather yesterday. Well; the weather ended up beeing equally hot - the sourroundings were somewhat different though:
After a few miles the beautifull forrests and blooming cherry trees along the rural streatches of highway one in Virginia was changed for the suburbs of Peterburg. Worn out houses; roads slightly fallen apart; street-corners where you definately would be a little hesitant to be running past after sundown'. Yet its part of the experiense and just as important a piece of the total understanding of what the contry Im running through is ! No contry, region or continent in the world is a perfect "tourist spot", actually if it was so - I think it would be quite boring in the long run, literally speaking :-)
There were a few moments through todays run where perhaps it was a bit "too interesting" with very limited room for running next to the busy urban 4-lane road wich highway one turns into once proper inside Peterburg city. And a curious experience with the motel host where we stayed for the night.. Usually when hearing about the world run two there is a positive reaction, no matter which contry or culture. Ocationally there might be an indifference (wich is fully understandable as its after all very very far from most peoples everyday-life !). Here, on the shady' side of Peterburg our motel host upon hearing about the run uttered "Why dont you get a real job !!" - He continued to give an update on his service killing people in Iraq. I cant say I agreed much in his oppinions or values and its an understatement that I'd raughter try to make an peacefull positive impact with my time if, I can. Still, when doing these runs around the world its first and last a matter of respecting peoples values - no matter where in the world I run ! Im there as a guest and not to pass judgement of how they fit in with my values from my corner of the world.. !
I cant say that it was much of a sporting person eighter, I suppose. The guy at the reception definately looked like he would require a bit of an intellectual 'leap' to fathom an odd thing like the world run one and two ;-) A heavy set man, weighing what probably would qualify for a sumo-wrestling, should he wish to enter such a thing. I think that also in rough areas similar to this, doing a project as unusual and timeconsuming as running step by step around our planet will easily seem like a luxury when getting from day to day in your naighbourhood probably is a struggle in itself ! So in its way his reaction was understandable :-)
Besides that, it was as said a part of the many pieces that make up the totality of the experience of a contry. And peacefull enough, except for what sounded like two or three gunshots just around midnight, coming from half a block down the road; but nigher my support-driver Morten or I fealt any problem from it in our motelrooms - Maybe the host kept us safe afterall ! ;-)