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Stage 4
30-Jul-2015 03:40:52 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

DAY 4 in the bag but what a painful bag it was. I know I’ve written a few times about the strength of the team but today was a true test. There’s always one who is down at any given time and today it was me! My feet are beyond repair and each step of the 40km we ran today was akin to walking on needles. I was unwilling to hold up the team but after a quick discussion we took a bit of weight out of my pack and the boys spread it between them to lessen the impact of my footfalls – made a huge difference but it was an agonising day. After following a narrow foot trail along a river bed we climbed an incredibly steep trail to emerge on a vast plateau with views that went on forever. The Ecuadorian farmers seem to till every accessible piece of land they can lay their hands on – some incredibly steep sections with potatos growing. The next highlight was a long winding climb up to the craters edge of Lake Quilatoa at almost 4000m above sea level. The air was thin to breathe and made the climb really tough but of course then came the downhill. The views made it well worthwhile (there’s sure to be some pics on the website …. Check them out!) Then followed a long slog home around a dirt road to a small village (name unknown to me). Medics have attended to our feet and we’re looking for an early night before the long march tomorrow. Thanks again for all your messages – access to computer is tricky but the team know about all the support from home. The finish line is in sight but we have the biggest day yet to come! From Charlie, James, Kim and Tim


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Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:07:20 PM

Congrats amazing men! Super relieved to hear your all in one piece... I have Lost count how many times I have checked the updates today ;) hope you have managed to revive yourselves, and you enjoy your last part of the journey. Lots of love to all kel xxx

Juliet Lichtenstein

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:51:36 AM

Fab news you've knocked off the mega MEGA day. Congrats Team NZ, so insanely proud of you all and your amazing determination. We've been glued to the updates and were so relieved to read you'd completed stage 5. You truly have the end in sight. We're with you all every step of the way and sending you lots of love and mountains of our admiration xx Juliet xx

Jon (AON) Merwood

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 08:07:05 AM

You guys are doing well. Nearly there now. Keep positive,Team work will get you through. Great blogs Tim. See you soon

Jon (AON) Merwood

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 08:06:05 AM

You guys are doing well. Nearly there now. Keep positive,Team work will get you through. Great blogs Tim. See you soon

Bella C

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 06:55:03 AM

Just read the breaking news with much relief to hear that you've all made it into camp a 'Kimberly Hughes' included!! Sorry Kim... Anyway I'm off to sleep feeling much better as I was worried you were still out there trudging along. Keep smiling and spirits high. Lots of love xxxx

Lucy Hallwright

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:55:47 AM

YOU CAN DO IT TIMBO!! Love you heaps xxxx Luce xx

Lucy Hallwright

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:54:47 AM

YOU CAN DO IT TIMBO!! Love you heaps xxxx Luce xx

Lucy Hallwright

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:53:47 AM

YOU CAN DO IT TIMBO!! Love you heaps xxxx Luce xx

Lucy Hallwright

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:52:47 AM

YOU CAN DO IT TIMBO!! Love you heaps xxxx Luce xx

Lucy Hallwright

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:51:46 AM

YOU CAN DO IT TIMBO!! Love you heaps xxxx Luce xx

Lucy Hallwright

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:50:46 AM

YOU CAN DO IT TIMBO!! Love you heaps xxxx Luce xx

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Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:49:46 AM

YOU CAN DO IT TIMBO!! Love you heaps xxxx Luce xx

Lucy Hallwright

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:48:46 AM

YOU CAN DO IT TIMBO!! Love you heaps xxxx Luce xx

Bella Couwenberg

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:11:58 AM

Hey Timmy just wishing you luck for the next day or so as I will be off air while I'm in the air. Heading home tomorrow morning, but will be keeping up to date with the blog as soon as I land. Love you xxxx


Posted: 30-Jul-2015 09:54:37 PM

....you guys are a try inspiration, I salute you! what an amazing experience, reading your blog Tim brings a tear to my eye and shivers down my back! I cant even begin to imagine what you are all feeling and thinking as you head into your biggest day yet, we are with you in spirit and behind you all the way!!!! Your on the home straight :) x GO TEAM NZ!!!!

Will Farrell-Green

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 09:15:11 PM

Hang in there guys, like you say finish line is in sight. And wow will it be worth it. WFG

Helen Bird

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 09:05:11 PM

Love reading your blog Tim, must be the last thing you want to do at the end of such an incredibly hard day but gives us an incite into what an amazing team you are!! There are so many of us thinking of you with every step you take. The body and mind can do such incredible things and with a team so strong your success is only inevitable. Stay strong, make those positive thoughts dominant and focus on the finish. You guys are such an inspiration. Hel x

Max Lichtenstein

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 07:27:03 PM

Hey Team NZ and Dad you guys are amazing. I'm super proud. You're on the home straight now. Keep going strong. I'm heading out with Greenpeace and the Rainbow Warrior today, look forward to telling you all about it. Maxo

Bella Couwenberg

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 06:23:20 PM

Wow Timmy I can't imagine how much discomfort your blisters must be giving you right now, really glad you're in a team and were able to lighten your load. I know you already know it but I'm so proud of you. Keep your spirits high Team NZ, on the home run now. Lots of love, constantly thinking of you guys xxx

Kelly Norris

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 09:47:34 AM

Hey Timmy, Kimmy, Coops and James, sounds like another tough day but so glad you have each other!! Just remember that the tougher it gets the tighter you will become and the better the stories for eternity...Good luck for tomorrow...we are truly here watching your every foot step!! Try to enjoy your last big challenge...all my love Kel xxx

Ultra Home Base J K S

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 09:39:50 AM

First inaugural meeting of ultra home base: Location: Meadow, Meadowbank, Auckland. Height above sea level 34m. Temperature: 8 degrees Celsius. Present: Sandra aka Loves Lunch. Kelly. Juliet Menu: Steak, fish of the day, pork shoulder. Churros with ice cream. Mothers Milk Shiraz x2. Dark & Stormy...not counting Other Business: Dismissed. NFI New Business: New bottle of wine. Maybe a port?? Not the same without you xxx

Stephanie Hughes

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 08:36:24 AM

Wow. What an incredible journey this must be for you all! It is great to read all the updates and see the beautiful photos. Wonderful team spirit! Wishing you all well. Much love, Steph xxx

Patrick Fontein

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 05:15:10 AM

Keep going hard guys! Many thanks for the updates. the photos look amazing. Big day tomorrow, all the best for it.

Loves Lunch

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 05:07:40 AM

Oh me oh my!! you are one tough NZteam!!! So relieved to hear the medics attending the stage 4 compounding wounds. The Ultra partners back home in NZ have a team meeting tonight. We will toast to you amazing men. Love reading your gorgeous blogs from the day's highs and lows. We couldn't be prouder. Lots love and hugs Loves Lunch xxx

Juliet Lichtenstein

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 04:33:32 AM

What a team you are. Really feeling for you guys it sounds so tough out there but you're doing so well, the power of 4 & Hamish too! Keep your spirits high. Rest well and dig deep...tomorrow's another day. Wow am in awe of you all. Thanks boys for lightening Timbo's load!! It's going to jandals all the way when you to get to LA right!! Sending you lots of love xx Juliet xx

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