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Stage 3
29-Jul-2015 04:53:35 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

I'm the one with the short, fat, hairy legs...

So, much to our conjoined surprise, we romped home again in a superb time of approximately 7 hours 5minutes.

This left us in positions 39 and 40. Dom let me come in first, as he deemed me ‘King of the Hills’ and awarded me the theoretical polka-dot jersey, as I have discovered I’m not too bad at running downhill. I can only surmise that, having only about three feet to fall, if I do go over, it has removed the fear and the incredibly low centre of gravity has done the rest.

At the top of one particularly gruelling climb of about five hundred metres, at what felt like 45 degrees, both in angle and temperature, it was very gratifying to find a team of five Swiss competitors flat on their backs, recovering – so much for Zee Alps, eh? We gave it the ‘stiff upper lip’ and marched past, disguising the fact that I wanted to cry and Dom wanted to strangle me!

Ever since he signed us up for this, he has protested loudly and regularly that ‘we are NOT running this thing, OK, Budge?!’

Well, so far, we’ve run about 50% of it and he’s STILL bloody saying it every morning! J

The scenery as we descended and remounted the incredibly verdant gorges, repeatedly, is spectacular and Dom will have some phenomenal shots and video, I think.

Finishing as quickly as we did allowed us to stroll down to the river, next to which we are camped and stand in it as if it was an ice-bath. Very soothing on the four blood-filled, soon-to-be-lost toenails I have (whilst Ginger bloody Rogers still has a fully-functioning

complement!) developed. Oh well, pain is, apparently, only ‘weakness leaving the body’! I must have a lot of weakness, is all I can say.

Weather is changeable as we climb into and descend out of cloud into and back, requiring quick changes clothing and application of suncream, which adds to the fun, but so far we have avoided the heavy rain predicted, with only a few squally showers to contend with. Hoping that continues,

Signing of to grab a dehydrated dream of a meal and an early return to the Anglo-Italian coalition that is Tent 3, La Bomba, which resembles a Crimean War ward, given the mount of blood, dead skin, dirty plasters, alcohol wipes and needles in evidence.

Perhaps I’ll give the curry a miss..

Thanks for all the emails and blog replies – really helps lift the spirits and keep us going – please keep it up!

Love you all,

Morecambe & Wise xxx


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Mark Dempsey

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 04:46:37 AM

Well done Budgie. Keep it going - sounds like you've broken the pain barrier!

Margaret Dempsey

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 12:08:52 AM

Bloody hell! You're doing amazing. Well done! You're almost there.

Florence Nightingale

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 09:12:06 PM

Thought you might like to hear some news from the front line. Rafa Benitez's wife has taken a cheap shot at Mr Mourinho and is regretting it. Jose Mourinho has accused Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez of "destroying the best team in Europe" when the Spaniard replaced him at Inter Milan in 2010. The Chelsea boss spoke after Benitez's wife joked her husband was "tidying up" another Mourinho "mess" at Real. As well as Real, Benitez also managed Chelsea - although he did not directly replace Mourinho at either club. "The lady is a bit confused," Mourinho, 52, said after Chelsea's International Champions Cup win over Barcelona. "Her husband went to Chelsea to replace Roberto Di Matteo and he went to Real Madrid and replaced Carlo Ancelotti. "The only club where her husband replaced me was at Inter Milan, where in six months he destroyed the best team in Europe at the time." Not content with setting the record straight, Mourinho then made a jibe about Benitez's physical shape. He said that if Montserrat Seara, Benitez's wife, focused on taking care "of her husband's diet" then "she will not have any time to talk about me". I hope this Chelsea tonic has invigorated you, Budgie. Now go to your destiny! Your old pal, Flo. Right, now where did I put my lamp?

Becs/Mark Thorburn

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 07:20:12 PM

Sorry to hear about the death of the toenails. Never fun. Sounds like u are having a fabulous experience. Am sitting in france drinking wine reading yr blogs to Mark. Bloody hell it has just started raining. The discomfort and inconvenience of it all. Hope your are sobbing for our predicament and the fact the wine is going to be diluted. Teeheehee. Looking forward to reading yr next entries. Good luck for tomorrow! Xxx

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 07:17:57 PM

Ha tell Dom I know the feeling...Like a broken record as we walked the ups , ran the downs!!!"Budge you promised we walk not run.. " you are nailing it- super proud of you both. The beach awaits us xx

Jeff Sayed

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 04:04:40 PM

Great blog Budgie! Next time you come across Zee Swiss...ask for a committed response to taxing question...that'll stump them! Enjoy your big day...it may seem like a long, long way, but when you break it down, it's just a stroll in the park with your mate! Enjoy. & say hi to Ginger pls.

arnout van Rijn

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 03:02:19 PM

Well Mike, just remind your mate of the Dutch word "PAARDENLUL" tomorrow morning. That will motivate him to the very end. Good luck for the big day. Great to read you are in excellent spirits.

Ruth Dempsey

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 01:49:01 PM

Good man Budgie! You're going great guns by the sound of it! Well done, I'm super impressed! x

mark lear

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 08:08:53 AM

Dear Laurel and Hardy I hate to do this to you, but you are unfortunately looking far too strong.....time to start reeling them in !!! Not much separating you and the next ten.........And yes I know it's all about the taking part (like that's what we really care about ;-) ). An incredible effort....Go get em lads !!

Rachel Penton

Posted: 29-Jul-2015 05:35:56 AM

Loving your blogs Budge..they make us smile! At least you still have over half your toenails .. you'll just have to forgo wearing your favourite red nail polish for a while. Best of luck for the big climb tomorrow.. I know you like running but don't break your friend..I'd like him returned reasonably intact!! Rachx

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