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Stage 3
29-Jul-2015 04:36:53 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

I have completed another stage!!! We made it in to Camp 3 just before dark, it is a beautiful  campsite surrounded by mountains, I will have to have a proper look around tomorrow. Today’s run was epic, we ran/walked (mostly walked) 30km along the Inca trail, some very terrifying descents, hard on the knees and hips. We climbed very steep hills as well. I am feeling great on the climbs, all the work at Joe’s Basecamp has paid off, dragging that damn sled and squatting ridiculous weights has made all of this easier.

Tomorrows stage looks epic, very steep climbs and descents so hopefully my body miraculously recovers overnight. No more chest pain which is reassuring, I have blisters on every single toe and just ignoring whatever is covered in tape, denial is the cure to blisters at the moment, unfortunately very painful to walk on. My salvation are my trekking poles, I don’t think I will ever leave the house without them.
G thinking of you every step I take, cursing you sometimes for convincing me this was a great idea, but enjoying every moment and taking in all the magnificent views just for you xxxx
Thank you everyone for you messages of support, it is lovely to come in to camp absolutely shattered and hear you are all following from afar xxx


Catalina Galleguillos

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 01:11:20 AM

Seca Andrea!!!! No se como felicitarte por el tremendo logro de haber terminado Stage 3!!! Estamos siguiendote y apoyandote desde lejos.... un abrazo y un beso enormes para darte animo, que rico que luego te vamos a poder ver y nos vas a contar todo :) Te queremos!!!

Daniel Dorat

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 12:55:43 AM

Que gran experiencia Andrea!! Animo y mucha fuerza en lo que queda....después los recuerdos serán lo mejor!! Te mando un gran abrazo.

Laura May

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 08:18:28 PM

Can't believe you didn't pack mars bars??? Congratulations! This race is HUGE and you are doing such a phenomenal job. Blisters are the pits - I hope your feet feel better soon!! Soak up the views xxx

Helen Gardner

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 08:00:28 PM

Wow - no words. Just bloody Awesome you are! Sounds like an incredible experience and as Gareth and Kate both say - who needs toenails?! Keep that smile on your face during the toughest moments and you will be fine. Hels x

María Ignacia Vergara

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 07:48:18 PM

Seca Andrea!!! te admiro mucho y vamos que se puede! muchísimo ánimo en lo que va quedando! un abrazo

josefina vergara

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 06:26:35 PM

How proud you make me feel, its a great challenge you've taken. Sigue asi, va quedando poco y los pies siempre se mejoran al final. Un beso inmenso y keep going

Carly Steggles

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 01:21:52 PM

Amazing lady, well done. I have serious fomo - what a bloody amazing adventure and achievement. I've decided that indulgent, relaxing holidays aren't my thing, totally should have come with you! So, you are just going to have to do it for me - keep going!!

Ignacia Garib

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 01:02:28 PM

Yayyy!! Another stage done. We are so proud of you!!! Hope you get a good night sleep and recover energy for the last stages... You are almost there!!! A big big hug!!!

Antonia Hordern

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 12:57:08 PM

Vamos que se puede!!! You can do it, very proud of all you have achieved so far!!! About 130 km more than I could ever manage! Dont worry about the blisters, there is no snow here in Santiago, so skiing is now out of the question! We are waiting for you here with a nice Churrasco and a couch! xx Antonia

Gareth Andrews

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 12:42:52 PM

Laura, Rich, William and Rose are out of internet range (does New Zealand even have the internet yet?) but want to let you know that they're thinking of you and send all there love and support.

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 11:26:59 AM

Smile smile smile! Half mark passed, now is all downhill. I am sooooo proud of you, I call it a monster of an achievement & the best part is how you are present in your journey, enjoying the scenery, which in the end are the memories that stay with us. Besooooooos Blanca

Gareth Andrews

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 10:32:10 AM

Stage 3, tick! Bloody great work! So glad your feeling strong on the hills and managing to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Don't worry about the blisters, a bit of tape and your sorted - it's when your toenails start falling off you have to be a bit more concerned :) Well, we're doing ok here but I think Toby's a bit bored during the day. He was so excited when I got home that he ate his food in 5 seconds, then ran round in circles really fast and threw up on the carpet - the only piece of carpet in the whole house I might add. I couldn't be too annoyed with him though, he was just happy to have some company. In other news, Billie won Masterchef and the Wallabies beat Argentina in the rugby. Sending all our energy and positive vibes for the next stage, just show those hills who's boss. Keep on trucking, me and the monkey X.

Tomas Vergara

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 09:06:01 AM

Fantastic effort! and lots of carbs for tomorrow, you're now nearly there.

Whitford and Heather

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 08:49:22 AM

Hi Andrea, on the top of the world! You are going really well and the challenges will melt away as you get stronger and stronger. We are with you every step. Just brilliant! love, W+H xx

Kate Holloway

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 07:55:07 AM

Yes! I finally get to send you a message on the same day!! Always a little behind... Can't imagine how awesome it would be! It sounds fantastic but bloody tough work!! You are brilliant for managing it! Wish I could be with you.. Next time definitely! Just keep taping up those pesky blisters, what's the worst that could happen??! Toes falling off? They are overrated anyways! Big hug for next stage x

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