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Stage 4 – The Road To Quilatoa Crater
30-Jul-2015 04:54:48 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Just got in 20 minutes before cutoff, cyber tent (church) closing soon so have to be quick!

Thanks again for messages! Hi to bump, Jen J; SVARTIFOSS!; funny about dad and Timmy mum, and thanks for the updates; thanks everyone else too! <3

Today went awesomely. Last night I managed to get through a WHOLE lamb fettucine freeze dried meal so that was amazing. Dealt with altitude ok again, got into check point 1 30 minutes ahead of cutoff and checkpoints 2 and 3 1 hour before cutoff. First half of the first stage was fun, was like walking up the river of the Mistake Creek hike I did in 2009! Had some river crossings on some interesting bridges and a river crossing through calf deep water so got wet feet. Quite refreshing! Managed to catch and hang on to the kiwi team and Hamish Travers partway through until we hit a cliff – which was 500m elevation gain in very short order and I was rather slow!

After checkpoint 3 I walked with a woman from Hong Kong (138, can’t remember name) and some others along Quilatoa Crater and back down to camp. We are in some buildings tonight which is awesome and start at 10 tomorrow for the long day!

No ITBand issues still! Amazing. Left Achilles still being silly. Shoulders sore again and feet definitely sore (and blisters probably having issues, haven’t checked yet), but all up feeling good!

Bring on the long stage!

Food, clean feet, sleep.
Zzz.
Tchau!

8 COMMENTS

Lorraine Arthur

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 07:38:03 PM

A big congratulations for finishing Stage 5. We have all be following and getting up to date progress from the site. Amazing photos have been going up and Ecuador looks like a beautiful country. By the time I am writing this you are probably in the middle of the final stage. A wonderful achievement for Ake too. Enjoy the celebrations. xxxxx

celiamar lengler

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:37:34 PM

Bom Dia!!!! Vamos lá Kristina!!!!!!Precisas de 20Kg de arroz hahaha... Beijos Tchau!

celiamar lengler

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:36:34 PM

Bom Dia!!!! Vamos lá Kristina!!!!!!Precisas de 20Kg de arroz hahaha... Beijos Tchau!

celiamar lengler

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 01:35:34 PM

Bom Dia!!!! Vamos lá Kristina!!!!!!Precisas de 20Kg de arroz hahaha... Beijos Tchau!

Carolina Loch

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 09:36:40 PM

Awesome Kristina, keep it up!!!

Nicole Arthur

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 09:23:48 PM

Wow keep up this good work Kristina! thinking of you today :) you deserve a good massage after all of this. good luck! your nearly there xx

Graham Eric Piggott

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 07:21:52 AM

The power of the human too compete, and the drive to excel beyond the body's normal capabilities is a rare gift. You Kristina have that Gift Love G/dxxxx

Chanelle Dorset

Posted: 30-Jul-2015 06:24:48 AM

Well done on getting through another day of hard effort. Wishing you all the best with the next stage - you'll be amazing, I'm certain!! Love and wishes kiddo.

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I'm a geologist currently based in Porto Alegre, Brazil, researching deep marine environments using micropaleontology (foraminifera!).

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