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RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 Blogs

Stage 4
30-Jul-2015 04:22:58 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Just a quick update, we made it through Stage 4, the most epic stage of the race!!! We got in to camp pretty late and I can wait to have some food and bed. The day started on the valley floor with river crossings and trails, followed by the most epic climb ending at the highest point of the race. Words just won’t do it justice, you will have to look at the photos, this lake in the crater of a massive volcano is impressive, we walked around the crater for 6km then descending via sand dunes to camp.
I was feeling great today, even had a little run, I still stuck with Nicky and Allister which were going a bit slower due to knee injuries, so I would just run ahead and wait for them. Much more fun than being alone on the course.
That’s all from me, lots of love to everyone and thank for the messages xxxx

40 COMMENTS

Emma Bell

Posted: 01-Aug-2015 03:07:31 AM

Hi Andrea, I'm only relatively new to Joe's Basecamp but I've been reading your blog avidly! You are so inspirational!!! What you've acheived already is a super feat and feels a lifetime away from what any normal person could accomplish. Bravo! All the best for the rest of your adventure and I look forward to reading your celebratory post once you've hit the finish line. Emma

Tomas Vergara

Posted: 01-Aug-2015 01:32:10 AM

Great timing for stage 5, you beat nearly half the runners ahead of you in the ladder!! Enjoy the final stage

Lucy Hordern

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:58:08 PM

Your nieces are very proud of their super-human aunty racing across Ecuador - we hope you remain injury free and I'm certain all that training will see you through. Much love and hugs from down under. Lucy, Nicholas, Skye and Jade. xxxxxx

Lucy Hordern

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:57:08 PM

Your nieces are very proud of their super-human aunty racing across Ecuador - we hope you remain injury free and I'm certain all that training will see you through. Much love and hugs from down under. Lucy, Nicholas, Skye and Jade. xxxxxx

Lucy Hordern

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:56:08 PM

Your nieces are very proud of their super-human aunty racing across Ecuador - we hope you remain injury free and I'm certain all that training will see you through. Much love and hugs from down under. Lucy, Nicholas, Skye and Jade. xxxxxx

Lucy Hordern

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:55:07 PM

Your nieces are very proud of their super-human aunty racing across Ecuador - we hope you remain injury free and I'm certain all that training will see you through. Much love and hugs from down under. Lucy, Nicholas, Skye and Jade. xxxxxx

Lucy Hordern

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:54:07 PM

Your nieces are very proud of their super-human aunty racing across Ecuador - we hope you remain injury free and I'm certain all that training will see you through. Much love and hugs from down under. Lucy, Nicholas, Skye and Jade. xxxxxx

Lucy Hordern

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:53:06 PM

Your nieces are very proud of their super-human aunty racing across Ecuador - we hope you remain injury free and I'm certain all that training will see you through. Much love and hugs from down under. Lucy, Nicholas, Skye and Jade. xxxxxx

Lucy Hordern

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:52:06 PM

Your nieces are very proud of their super-human aunty racing across Ecuador - we hope you remain injury free and I'm certain all that training will see you through. Much love and hugs from down under. Lucy, Nicholas, Skye and Jade. xxxxxx

Lucy Hordern

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:51:06 PM

Your nieces are very proud of their super-human aunty racing across Ecuador - we hope you remain injury free and I'm certain all that training will see you through. Much love and hugs from down under. Lucy, Nicholas, Skye and Jade. xxxxxx

Lucy Hordern

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:50:05 PM

Your nieces are very proud of their super-human aunty racing across Ecuador - we hope you remain injury free and I'm certain all that training will see you through. Much love and hugs from down under. Lucy, Nicholas, Skye and Jade. xxxxxx

Lucy Hordern

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:49:05 PM

Your nieces are very proud of their super-human aunty racing across Ecuador - we hope you remain injury free and I'm certain all that training will see you through. Much love and hugs from down under. Lucy, Nicholas, Skye and Jade. xxxxxx

Lucy Hordern

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:48:05 PM

Your nieces are very proud of their super-human aunty racing across Ecuador - we hope you remain injury free and I'm certain all that training will see you through. Much love and hugs from down under. Lucy, Nicholas, Skye and Jade. xxxxxx

Blanca

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 12:32:07 PM

Nearly finished, just a few more steps and it is all DONe, I have being with you, all the way. SMILe & be thankful you ACHIEved your goal. A big warm fuzzy. Blanca

Verity

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 06:48:33 AM

Andrea we are thinking of you,you are achieving so much & seeing amazing sights .we send our love Mike & Verity

Sophie Hordern

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 02:19:07 AM

It sounds like you are covering some amazing terrain! It's great that you are focusing on that and that you are not on your own! You are so close now it's so exciting - keep up the amazing effort and I can't wait to see all the photos! Xxx Soph

Phillip Whatmore

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:20:00 AM

Andrea! Amazing performance so far! incredible! You're almost there now.. Stay strong, keep your mind busy on the scenery and enjoy the accomplishement of just a few in this world crazy enough to endure all that distance and heart breaking hills We'll be wairing for you here in Santiago to hear all the stories Take a good rest now and enjoy the final stage Un besote! Phillip

Ash Brunner

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 06:00:21 PM

Killin it sister! Sounds difficult, great to have some friends to share the journey and motivate. Keep it up!! Love ashy xxx

Ash Brunner

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 05:59:21 PM

Killin it sister! Sounds difficult, great to have some friends to share the journey and motivate. Keep it up!! Love ashy xxx

Ash Brunner

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 05:58:21 PM

Killin it sister! Sounds difficult, great to have some friends to share the journey and motivate. Keep it up!! Love ashy xxx

Erin, Matt and Eve Prowse

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 02:58:31 PM

Go Andrea!! We are so impressed with how well you are doing. You are an amazing woman - it looks like such a challenging course!! Good luck for the final stage. Xxx

Antonia Hordern

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 02:03:18 PM

Amazing views! That volcano lake looks amazing! Great motivation to keep putting one foot in front of another! Keep at it! Un beso enorme!

Catalina Galleguillos

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 01:54:41 PM

Yaaaayyyy, well done Andrea!!!! We are all so proud of you!!! Keep on going and enjoy crossing that finish line xxxx

Blanca

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 11:55:10 AM

Pucha que he caminado junto Contigo!!! Son las 3am aquí y no me aguante para saber como te fue. Ya pasaste la altura, ahora si viene el descenso, sigue gozando con tu entorno que cada Pacito te lleva a tu meta. I still see the 15 year old that ran & walked the Inca Trail in Peru with a smile all the waythrough with the porters. Maybe that is one of the reasons for being there today. I know you will get through today, I am looking forward to have you here & share your journey. A big kiss & warm fuzzy. Now my journey is to go to sleep zzzz

Phillip Hordern

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 11:18:12 AM

Congratulations on another great day, over the top and now almost downhill to the finish, the photos of the creater were stunning, keep away from the dogs they bite!! With you each step of the way love Dad

Emily Crump

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 11:03:21 AM

Wow!! This is an incredible read! You are absolutely killing it. Well done. Sounds like you are getting stronger each day! All your training is paying off! Congratulations! Keep up the good work! Xoxo

Emily Crump

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 11:02:21 AM

Wow!! This is an incredible read! You are absolutely killing it. Well done. Sounds like you are getting stronger each day! All your training is paying off! Congratulations! Keep up the good work! Xoxo

Emily Crump

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 11:01:21 AM

Wow!! This is an incredible read! You are absolutely killing it. Well done. Sounds like you are getting stronger each day! All your training is paying off! Congratulations! Keep up the good work! Xoxo

Emily Crump

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 11:00:21 AM

Wow!! This is an incredible read! You are absolutely killing it. Well done. Sounds like you are getting stronger each day! All your training is paying off! Congratulations! Keep up the good work! Xoxo

David Bonney

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 10:49:26 AM

Fantastic to see things are going well Andrea.. not long now and its mission completed.. keep that stuff up :)

David Bonney

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 10:48:26 AM

Fantastic to see things are going well Andrea.. not long now and its mission completed.. keep that stuff up :)

David Bonney

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 10:47:25 AM

Fantastic to see things are going well Andrea.. not long now and its mission completed.. keep that stuff up :)

Liz Karemacher

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 08:48:43 AM

Well done Andrea - you are nearly there - well over half way! A little bias but am sure the South Africans are helping you! Magnificent effort! Lots of love Liz and Andre

Liz Karemacher

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 08:47:42 AM

Well done Andrea - you are nearly there - well over half way! A little bias but am sure the South Africans are helping you! Magnificent effort! Lots of love Liz and Andre

Kate Holloway

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 08:34:07 AM

Well done you! You are smashing it! The photos do indeed look spectacular! Rest up and enjoy the lead up to the finish its such an awesome awesome feat! x

Gareth Andrews

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 08:23:03 AM

I'm so proud of you my darling! By the time you read this you will have finished the long day and be just a stone's throw from the finish. It seems like you're going from strength to strength as the week goes on which is wonderful. It shows that all your dedication and hard work before you left has paid off and now you're able to just enjoy it. The photos look incredible, I wish I could have been there to see that crater lake, just amazing. We're cheering you on for your stroll across the finish line, all our love Gareth and Toby X.

Whitford and Heather

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 08:16:41 AM

I knew it! I just knew you would get through stage 4!........ Can`t wait to see the photos and catch a glimpse of your smile as you sit on a tuffet and wait for your friends! Yippee! Keep going!

Kate dwyer

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 07:00:15 AM

Go Andrea! Sounds like you are doing so, so well! I can't wait to hear all about it and see the pictures. Keep going, we are all cheering for you xx

Blanca

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 05:45:28 AM

Pucha que he caminado junto a ti, son las 3am aquí y no me aguante para saber como te fue. Ya pasaste la altura, ahora si viene el descenso, sigue gozando con tu entorno que cada Pacito te lleva a tu meta. I still see the 15 year old that ran & walked the Inca Trail in Peru with a smile all the way with the porters. Maybe that is one of the reasons for being there today. I know you will get through today, I am looking forward to have you here & share your journey. A big kiss & warm fuzzy. Now my journey is to go to sleep zzzz

Tomas Vergara

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 05:09:49 AM

Chile´s Andrews Andrea, Nª2 competitor. What a privilege for Chile!! You've made the hardest section, congratulations!! and tomorrow to enjoy!

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