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RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Stage 4
16-May-2012 07:29:07 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Why does the fourth movie in a quadrology always ruin the series?

 

Hi guys

Stage Four is in the bag.

Depending on howit looks, the bag came close to being a body bag, or possibly just a sick bag ;)

I struggled badly in the sand today to be honest, but its all the incredible emails and blog comments that have really made the world of difference, so please keep them coming.

We are now two stages away from Petra, 90km tomorrow which ends on the mountain top above Petra and then a five kilometer jaunt down to the temple on Saturday. I must admit that even though the thought of 90km tomorrow is scaring the living be-j out of me, the truth of the matter is i just have to get to the end, and i think i have enough in my legs to do that now, come hell or high water. I am just hoping for a harder running surface.

 

Anyway, back to today.

We left the camp at 7 as usual, i was feeling pretty good, but we hit the lose sand so quickly and it just didnt stop.

I had a bad spot from just after checkpoint one all the way to the end of checkpoint three, but just kept plodding along as best as I could.

I walked with Bei, one of the ladies in our tent after CP3 and then hit some harder ground, so I ran the rest of the way into camp.

My blister taping worked pretty well, so that wasn;t an issue, I have a little bit of chafing on my neck, and around my waist, but thats to be expected I guess. We passed through two amazing rock arches in the desert, and I have some cool photos of that. there was also a herd of camels grazing on what passes for vegetation in these parts, but after checkpoint 3 the landscape turned pretty ugly, and the camp we're at at the moment is probably the least picturesque of all the camps.

 

As I am typing the organisers have dispatched camels to cp1 and cp2 for tomorrow because the areas are not accesible by vehicles.

makes you think doesn;t it hahahaha.There is also a huge queue outside the medical tent, and it looks a tiny bit like a war zone there now.

 

 

Monique, please wish your kids a Happy Birthday from me, and congradulations on them turning 18.

Thanks so much to everyone else for the emails and comments, i'm a little battered and fatigued, but hanging in there and looking forward to catching up with everyone when I am back. And i can drink. Like, drink alot. :0)

 

Next blog with hopefully be straight after the long stage. Hanging in there!!!!

23 COMMENTS

Tarryn Beattie

Posted: 18-May-2012 04:34:13 PM

Andrew!!! You are so beast! I can't believe how well you are doing! Representing South Africa to the max!!! Keep up the amazing work! When I read this I felt super special - there you are ... all the way in Jordan, running your heart out ... and you still remembered mine and Garth's birthday! Thank you so much for the wishes - all the way from Jordan!!! :) Good luck for the last stretch - I know you will have one very excited supporter waiting for you at the finish line! Tarryn xxx :)

Janet

Posted: 18-May-2012 12:51:53 PM

Did yourself proud there... dug deep and managed to hang in with Rob the whole way I see. Nice. Now just for your first sighting of Perta!!! So chuffed.. Lots of love and safe trip home.

judy

Posted: 18-May-2012 09:43:26 AM

hello Camel Andrew! you are really doing well! There is LOTS of drink awaiting you in CT!! tons of love

Michelle

Posted: 18-May-2012 08:54:14 AM

OH MY WORD!!!!!! 28th place :-) That alone is impressive WELL DONE! Hope you get some well deserved rest after that looooong stage. All the best for the little 5km finish and then it's back home :-) Have a wonderful final stage and know that we are ALL proud of you Champ!!!!

Duncan

Posted: 18-May-2012 08:37:02 AM

I guess by now your 90km trot must be done! Awesome dude so all thats left is tomorrow - enjoy it dude

Janet

Posted: 18-May-2012 07:14:42 AM

Thought I would see if the results were posted before heading out for the day... Catch you later... J

Kriss

Posted: 18-May-2012 06:40:27 AM

Results are not up yet, but I'm sure you made it in good time and enjoying a bit of a rest after a VERY long day. You must have one big fat smile on your face! You've done it, another desert done and dusted. Well done dude!

janet

Posted: 17-May-2012 08:27:15 PM

Hey Warren, think he has eaten enough sand for now... Hope he is moving to forests and rivers after this.... something else to moan about, at least the colour scheme will be different! Lots of love and stay off the pies for a few more days. By the time you read this you will be done and dusted... you can crawl the last 5kms if need be... Another one for the memory bank!

fiona and peter grah

Posted: 17-May-2012 03:38:19 PM

Wow you have continued to excel. We are all so proud of you. as i swrite you are on the long march, sounds terrifying but you will cope as always. Hope you can think about lekker food at the end and it will spur you on. You are in no shape for eye candy???? or are you???

Caryn

Posted: 17-May-2012 02:49:44 PM

Thinking of you during the long haul today and knowing that you're just pushing through no matter what! You're nearly there, so give it all you've got! Well done Andy, very proud! x

Sean

Posted: 17-May-2012 02:39:25 PM

Well done Andrew! You seem to be really positive and I am very pleased that you seem to be enjoying the wonderful terrain. I look forward to seeing your photos. Tomorrow seems a bit of a challenge; seems you are mentally well-prepared for it. : )

Monique

Posted: 17-May-2012 01:38:30 PM

Hey Andrew ... love your blogs! Hope all is going well and that you rest up tomorrow ... i'm expecting big things from you on the last day!!!

Lucille

Posted: 17-May-2012 10:29:03 AM

yes, Ghee wizz - 90 km, hey??? [email protected], I hold all my thumbs, toes everything for you to come out of this one in one piece. Good luck!! Hope that your next blog has good news......can't wait for that. Our thoughts are with you!!! Ciao

Linda

Posted: 17-May-2012 09:12:32 AM

Awesome stuff - champ of note. Nearly done & "dusted". Keep up the good work and it'll be another one in the bag, and the memory bank. Loads of positive energy coming your way for a fabulous final flourish to the end ...

Bretta

Posted: 17-May-2012 08:31:54 AM

90kms???? You put me to shame for my 7kms last night! You are sounding so positive which is great. I like Angelique's suggestion - Just keep swimming! Sahara 2012, here he comes!

Kriss

Posted: 17-May-2012 07:11:50 AM

4 days down!!! ALL the best for the long one, dude, thinking of you for the next 2 days.....but I'm sure you will finish it in one go. Come hell or high water, Jordan won't get you down!! Hope your feet are doing OK, catch you on the flip side! STERKTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

allycat

Posted: 17-May-2012 06:48:11 AM

Never mind the admiration I have for you for just doing this thing!!!! I absolutly admire the fact that you have the energy to type your blog and even more so make it humerous!!!........ looking forward to tonights!!! sending lots of love xxxxx

Robyn Richter

Posted: 17-May-2012 06:44:03 AM

You are sounding great Andrew! Amazing! What a tale to tell...

Michelle Crowley

Posted: 17-May-2012 06:43:55 AM

WELL DONE!!!!!!! All of the best for today's stretch, will keep you in my prayers. You are almost there.......just a bit more to go Champ :-) And remember our coffee (or stronger) date when you get back. It's been long enough I think, so keep strong and ENJOY every minute, the good along with the "bad"...

Ricki Bobby

Posted: 17-May-2012 06:12:03 AM

Rather you than me dude. I'd be kakking broeke by now. Just take it as it comes dude, as you say, you've got enough in the tank and then it's just a hop, skip and a jump to the finish line on Saturday. Tjop en dop time next week! BOOM!

Angelique

Posted: 17-May-2012 04:12:16 AM

Stage 4 sounding awful, well done oon completing. As Dora in Finding Nemo would say- "Just keep swimming". But I think a better mental motivation would be just think that your Huntsman tracking down the 7Ancient Wonders. Let's face it you seem to be going to all the same places. Just stay out of any Israeli Torture Camps please. I don't have access to any empty petrol tankers to help you out. All the best for today. You got it in the bag now.

Janelle

Posted: 17-May-2012 04:11:22 AM

You are doing fantastically!!! All the best for today, just think by the time you get this you'll have smashed 5 stages and tons of sand, with only a rest day and 5km to go - how awesome!!!!! :-) Enjoy the last stretch and keep your head held high.

Warren Muldoon

Posted: 17-May-2012 02:56:27 AM

Just a hello from California. Your doing great! Not sure if you got my last post. "stage 1" I met Kriss in Namibia in 2011. We are both doing the Sahara 2012. Would you like to join us? Keep up the good work! Warren

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