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Quito to Cotopaxi
26-Jul-2015 03:58:31 AM [(GMT) Greenwich Mean Time: Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London]

Frantic last-minute repack, followed by a briefing on the excitement to come, segued into a kit-check during which it became very quickly apparent who could read and assimilate instructions. Fortunately, Dom & I had not only everything required, but, due to being OCD-squared about kit, several spare items. We made a couple of new friends by distributing whistles and lights!

For what seemed an eternity we then sat little over-excited schoolkids on a sweltering bus with no air-con awaiting departure. Two hours later we arrived a camp 1 which came complete with Inca guitar combo, fluttering flags, long-drop loos and a breathtaking view of Cotopaxi; 6000 metres of snow-capped volcanic majesty.

Our tent is snug, filled 50/50 with three Englishmen and three of Italy’s finest. These guys are multi-event veterans, evidenced by the fact they were quicker in to nab pole position of the best spots, quicker than one of Enzo Ferrari’s legendary creations! Dom, therefore, has ended up with the dog spot right by the door. Hope I don’t tread on him on trips to the loo.

He, however, has had the last laugh, finding it highly musing that, as I attempted to pin my race-number to my bag, I managed to pierce my spare water-bladder inside the bag, about eight times, thereby turning in to an impromptu one-litre shower. Cos-bloody-mic, Rodney!

The sun is setting, chill air is permeating the camp, dehydrated foods have been consumed and Cotopaxi has been shrouded in a pink-hued blanket, as the sun sets over her. Bring on the night…

Night chaps, from Bernie & Elton xx


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Posted: 29-Jul-2015 01:14:45 AM

An amazing effort and really only one day to go…well they say if you get through day three then you are there! Keep up the amazing spirits! "semangat!" as they say in indonesia. I don't envy your "radioactive" chicken Tikka (I am still living with the taste of it!) but it will get you up those hills!

Miles Clutterbuck

Posted: 27-Jul-2015 09:50:36 PM

A sterling effort from you both and a fine display of the British qualities of backbone, stiff lips and spunk. I was going to make a joke about monasteries, dirty habits and the nocturnal expulsion of bodily gases, but i don't think i'll bother. Interested to see which famous duo you sign off as. Tread carefully. Smiley

Mark Lear

Posted: 27-Jul-2015 05:35:35 AM

Outstanding effort on day one guys ! Keep it going !!! (the bag is lighter tomorrow)

claire dempsey

Posted: 26-Jul-2015 10:05:42 PM

I would imagine that is a rather loud tent with 50/50 English and Italians!!! Waiting with bated breath to hear how you both fared on day 1..hope you are having lots of DMCS as you trot along:-)

Rachel Penton

Posted: 26-Jul-2015 09:42:34 PM

Just thought..you have a goal now.. 4 people to beat into the next camp so you don't end up near the door!!

Rachel Penton

Posted: 26-Jul-2015 09:34:51 PM

The safety officer chortled when he heard what you did to your water bladder.. Ah well, least you have a home made shower! Love the reference to Dom and the door.. Now he will empathise with Lily as she lies sprawled out in front of our door, checking people in and out... She sniffs bums and crotches FYI incase Dom starts copying his dog! Thankfully she does not hump legs..thinking of you both and sending you all my love and good walking karma..the views must be spectacular.

Anna Hart

Posted: 26-Jul-2015 12:39:09 PM

Budgie, Great to have lunch with you in London after many years! I swore I would never follow anyone again for mid-life crisis pyscho adventure racing after Rob's 7 summits, but three weeks ago followed my mate doing the English Channel Swim (he finished solo 17hr43min) and now here I am following you. You've trained hard, now just you just have to make all that training work. We'll be following you from Singapore xx Anna Hart and clan.

Richard Sharp

Posted: 26-Jul-2015 07:32:02 AM

Great blog budgie, keep it coming

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