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: 20.0 km (Accumulated: 34048.0 km)
Elapsed time: 02:57:56
Start 11:15am., 25c, a few clouds & light wind, at statue "James A. Garfield", Capitol Hill, Washington D.C. Finish 14:15pm., 27c & same, at green road-sign "Ikea Way, Nxt. Right" on hwy.1., at North end of Washington D.C.
I had the joy of meeting my 'old' supportdriver from South America, Alexander Hamlin, yesterday after the run to central Washington D.C. As always when having shared the road actoss remote streatches of the world there were many memories to re-capture and talks to catch up on. Alex' is one of those young americans who puts the classical (european ?) bias about americans to shame: He is about as knowledable about the different cultures and politics abroad as any scollar I have met, add to this beeing fluent in spanish - to an extend that people we met while I was running through Chile barely noticed that he was not a Southamerican citizen ! Going native; growing a big beard while I was busy running; preferring to sleep under the stars in the desert (while I pitch my tent and search it for scorpions and other surprises) - cooking his meals over a camp-fire. What a natural traveller :-)
Alex' also works on a small documentary of world run two (his education is as cameraman - see photo's from the beginning of todays run) and is likely to join the run once more as I, hopefully, proceed towards the Canadian border in about 1½ months time.
Yet I had promised to give an overview of the experienses, running through Usa, in this report. And of the freedoms and un-freedoms as I experience them this time through Usa. But after wresteling for more than a week with this report I have to wait with this purpose. I simply cant get myself to write too negative a report - since there is so many positive personal encounters, a car-sponsorship by Toyota & LeasePlan in Usa; the fantastic support by the ultra-community in Florida...
I think there will be more positive over-all experienses of what it is to "run through Usa" further up the route and I will wait untill then. People who has followed my two world run's will know that its very (very !) rare that I dont write my direct oppinion in the reports, no matter what culture or region of the world I am currently running through - but in this case I am too split between politeness and some of the less-than-good impressions. But as good wine, perhaps the report will develop' in the back of the mind untill I reach the Canadian border and can take a proper overview of the entire experience !