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RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 Blogs

Stage 2
28-Jul-2015 06:30:23 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Ouch – that hurt – it was supposed to be only 42km – but it felt like 42 in a vertical direction. That was the longest time I have been out there on a non long day. Thanks William – for pointing out that 42 is the answer to life the universe and everything – as well as my bib number and the length of a marathon- the question is has my sense of humour remained after 9 ½ hrs of hell. Well an interesting thing did happen on the major climb of the day. I saw a Llama bashing his head down against a fluffy bird with big eyes. As a local was passing I asked him “why is that llama attacking the bird? I thought they only ate grasses?” – “Ah thata is an easy-a mistake to make – the beast is smaller and more woolly than a llama – that is an Owl-Pecker”

Not sure I can summon the energy to describe the high and lows of the day – perhaps read other folks blogs for that – up, up and up.  Beautiful views – if only I had the energy to describe them. Tomorrow is another day – on on. Love d

8 COMMENTS

sean

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 03:15:37 AM

David, going really well mate. thanks for the llama update, any camel sightings?

DEnis K

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 03:02:24 AM

im sitting here deciding between a char grilled steak and slightly seared tuna with fresh salad. david, can you help me decide on whether another glass of Pinot or Sauv Blanc is more appropriate?? Can I assume you are staring down an open pouch of semi hydrated food of indeterminate origin??

DEnis K

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 02:57:37 AM

are you going to pick up the pace david or continue the leisurely stroll??

Werner du Toit

Posted: 28-Jul-2015 08:12:17 PM

Go David, you are doing great!

Sarah Dempsey

Posted: 28-Jul-2015 07:15:22 PM

Well done, David! It sounds utterly exhausting but I do have one favour - if you come across another alpaca - just pop it in your backpack for me! I've always fancied having one!

Scott Greenwood

Posted: 28-Jul-2015 11:50:25 AM

Great effort David! Hope your feet are holding up as well as your sense of humour!! What's a Llama's favourite video game?...... .........AlPaca-man

Mum &Ken Rose

Posted: 28-Jul-2015 10:57:51 AM

The next stage can only be better! We hope you had a good night's sleep and feel refreshed in the morning! The owl-pecker shows the sense of humour is not completely lost. keep it up Mum & Ken

Sharon

Posted: 28-Jul-2015 10:43:50 AM

Glad you got safely back to camp. clearly the altitude has affect the sense of humour but we shall wait for it to return! Xx

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