World Run II / Reports
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Distance today: 41.0 km (Accumulated: 36367.0 km)
Elapsed time: 04:20:36
Start 09:30am., 15c, overcast & light wind, at white trail-marker "Messina Minerals 23km" at intersection w. side-road on the Red -Indian Trail, East side of the. Finish 14:12pm., 16c, light rain and same, at yellow trail-sign "18km" on Red Indian Trail, 18km South of Millertown.
The surprises of Millertown
Finally a longer stage with 41km on the very hilly trail today. Its now been 3 days of running in the remote inner areas of New Foundland near Red Indian Lake, not meeting many people and staying the nights in our expedition tents. So with different levels of "hope" we decided to drive up the dusty trail and see if there might be accomodation in Millertown before going back to resume the run at the trail tomorrow.
The optimism varied quite a bit in the team since Millertown is not much more than a tiny dot on our map, situated at the North end of the lake. In priciple it could be nothing more than one or two houses at a trailjunction - and at first that, to our loud disappointment, seemed to be the case: We turned a corner on the now muddy graveltrack and saw what we throught to the village: an old wrecked pick-up and 3-4 box-shaped containers to stay in.
Reino had hoped for "Sauna" - since that is almost a requirement in Finland and as I learned during my two times running across the contry it follows every long training session and is excellent for relaxing the muscles. Unless one of the rusty containers was a hidden sauna, then he'd have to forget about that. For Alex' part hopes of his favorite, high-level food prepared after all the rules, also seemed a gone option as the beaten exterior of the 'houses' didnt really fit the look of a better restaurant. For my part, as usual hopes of endless amounts of chocolate ! The wrecked car theoreticly could be a stash of a large collection of chocolate; but I struggled to hold the hope going ;-)
... Five km's down the wheeltrack and suddenly the hopes flared up again. A tiny green sign told us that "Millertown" was up ahead and another sign, bigger but fairly worn down by weather and wind had promises of an Inn - with "food and accomodations". Wow !! I can guarantee that after some days with cold canned food, mosquitoes and a fairly limited chance of showering after the daily run... The idea of food and a hot bath was right out Amazing. By now we had learned not to be overly optimistic so when we saw the Inn right beside the towns small postoffice we got one of the most positive surprises in a long time !
- A Great place to stay; a very friendly host family, clean warm rooms, home-cooked food virtually waiting as we walked in the door, a view of the lake and other guests wich turned out to be just as positive to meet as the sudden comforts of the Inn :-)