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RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 Blogs

Llamas with Hats
25-Jul-2015 05:02:25 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

OK. I can squeeze in one more blog before we head out to the course.  When I checked into the race hotel on Friday the receptionist said I was sharing a room with Hannah Patrick  - whey hey, that was a lucky roll of the dice. I was very excited until Patrick Hannah was confirmed (and even he didn’t end up in my room)

 

That said it is always good to meet up with old friends and new competitors, it helps make the event real. Thoughts with Werner from South Africa  - whose luggage has gone missing somewhere between San Paulo and Lima – what a nightmare. We are all chipping in items of kit, but it is not ideal to build up from scratch, in Quito, in 24 hours. Unless you want to race in a panama hat* and poncho. I have donated some Coca Teabags – trust me,  - that will help him.

 

(*Panama hats originate from Ecuador, but were shipped out via Panama - hence the name. You should in fact call them Ecuadorian Toquilla).

 

Talking of hats – William.. – I will be careful to avoid Llamas with Hats, and if other folks are wondering why, then I suggest you google it or view:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZUPCB9533Y

 

“I was hungry for hands – give me a break”.

 

There should be plenty of hands out there if I get a bit peckish – it is the Andes after all.

 

I just want to get going now, to hit the hills and get into the event. Having just checked the course notes once again it is clear that this is going to be slow – with the altitude, the climbs and the extra kit. Day 4 looks particularly brutal with 3000m of elevation gain (that’s like going over Ben Nevis – twice) packed into a marathon distance. It is therefore likely that both my blogs and fuse will get shorter. I apologize in advance.

 

Until I am in the mountains – toodlepip.

 

PS I am number 42.

 

8 COMMENTS

Janine Canham

Posted: 28-Jul-2015 01:07:40 AM

Lame lamma jokes! A lame lamma limped into a bar and ....? That should keep you busy tomorrow! x

Emily Grosse

Posted: 27-Jul-2015 03:01:37 PM

Good luck Uncle D! Hope all is going well so far :) Emily & Tom x

Deep Thought

Posted: 27-Jul-2015 10:53:54 AM

...THE ANSWER...TO LIFE THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING.... IS... ...YOU'RE REALLLY NOT GOING TO LIKE IT... ...IS... ...42!

Mum Rose

Posted: 27-Jul-2015 10:01:20 AM

Trust No.42 is acclimatising! Mind the cacti! ...

Alison Streeter

Posted: 27-Jul-2015 07:19:24 AM

Small steps make for fast work - especially at altitude. Bon chance. Streeters xx

Glenn Thomas

Posted: 26-Jul-2015 08:36:00 PM

Best wishes, with the answer to life, the universe and everything written across your chest, all will be great. Jo and Glenn

Scott Greenwood

Posted: 26-Jul-2015 07:28:59 PM

Good luck David! I trust you will insist in running up the hills as usual! Talking of Llamas, what's is their favourite film?.... .....Llamadeus

Sharon Grosse

Posted: 26-Jul-2015 06:51:31 AM

Hope the start goes well. Enjoy the climb. All love S&W

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