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RacingThePlanet: Jordan 2012 Blogs

Petra, baby
21-May-2012 10:32:08 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

They say that you don't find Petra, Petra will find you...... The last stage started early Saturday morning, and camp seemed like a refugee camp, with people hobbling around, stuffing the last dusty items into worn packs to get ready for a 6:20 start. As the last stage was untimed, everyone set off on their own pace, most walking the last 6.5km to the finish line. Rob and I started off walking, but eventually broke out into a trot because finally, and ultimately ironically, the road to Petra was a harder surface. The race ran directly into the rising sun, pretty apt, all things considered, and eventually the mountains began showing signs of what Petra was about with strange, man made doors carved right into the rock face. There was still a bit of climbing to be done, but this time it was scrambling type climbing not hill trudging, and eventually we entered the Seek, a 1.5km long high walled canyon that leads to the Treasury, the whole reason I had come to do Jordan. The road surface here was a mixture of rock, sand and ancient cobblestone, and the high cliffs that surrounded echoed the food falls. The Seek twists and turns and never seems to give up an end, until suddenly you burst out of it and look straight into the Treasury. I can't begin to explain what this looks like, its truly one of the moments I will remember for the rest of my life, but my attention was diverted because I saw Monique at the finish line and I was so happy to see her there :) ;) So now I am back in Cape Town, about to get ready for my first day back at work and it doesnt seem real that only 2 days ago I floated in the Dead Sea, or really that a slightly more than a week ago I started this race that took me through such extremes, everything is a little unsettling and unsettled at the moment. What an experience! And of course, a smile thinking of Petra. Of course, as I turned to leave, I had to say.... "Don't call me Junior" :)
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