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13 - 19 May 2012

RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Sand and Dust
16-May-2012 08:04:00 AM [(GMT+09:00) Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo]

At last after 3 days of very soft, soft and more very soft sand we had some hard packed sand. 4 fairly gentle stages of 10 ish KM over rolling hills. It got a bit hot for a while on stage 2 and 3 then the wind came and saved the day on stage 4.

 

Local news from Carry On Up The Rivera ....Budgie smuggling has been banned after a 5ft Viper made an appearance at Camp last night ....Yes I am serious ...The local bedouin guys dug it up and chopped it in half ...Then everyone was checking out every hole in the camp. We had them pour some gasoline in a hole just behind

our tent ...Made for a great nights sleep !!!

 

Race News ...Myself and Andrew were destroyed on stage one by I believe her name is Kida San ....She is somewhere in her high 60s and less than 5ft tall ...Her pack must be almost as big as her and she powered past us like we were standing still. I think she came in about 4pm in end but has completed 160k and was trotting back to her tent as I came up to write this.

 

The long day tom 90k with 2500m up and down in the heat is going to be hard. The notes say the ground is mainly hard packed which at least wont be so draining.

 

Cheers All ...Thks for the e amils and comments !

4 COMMENTS

Sally

Posted: 18-May-2012 02:55:43 PM

Great time so far - better than the Gobi, but presumably it is cooler and so a little easier. Only 10k to do now and then you can rest!

Ashley

Posted: 18-May-2012 01:17:37 PM

Hey Today I passed my karate test that makes me level4... That also makes a record of passing 3 tests this month... I really wonder how many tests I can pass this month... Well done in coming 61st place after the five stages. Now just another 60 people to pass.hahaha Looking foward to seeing u home to stop mom from correcting every single grammatical mistake.. Ashley

Heather

Posted: 17-May-2012 11:50:39 PM

Yes, I'm sure all of you in the camp slept well after the viper episode. And I hear you had a sandstorm in the night...ahhh, did it take you back to Gobi?! Wait, you slept through that whole incident!!!! Keep on trekking!!!

Colin

Posted: 17-May-2012 08:28:56 AM

your orange shirt will provide great camouflage there whilst hiding from the budgie smugglers in the make shift toilets! Hello Geeeeeeze! haha. Keep it up mate. Good job so far.

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2006 - Date Totan ICAP Tokyo - Money Broker - US$ IRS
2003 - 2006 Tullett Prebon Singapore - Money Broker - US$ IRS
2000 - 2003 Meitan Tradition Tokyo - Money Broker - YEN IRS
1992 - 2000 Ueda Garban Tokyo - Money Broker - YEN IRS

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Why are you competing?
Although Gobi was the toughest thing I have ever
done I had an amazing time and met some great
people. The physical and mental challenge of
friendly competition on the course is countered by
the views and the banter of evenings round the
fire.

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