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Stage 2
02-Sep-2014 01:50:39 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

CAMP 3: 28 miles. Hot hot hot hard day! What did you do today to make you feel serene? I hugged a baobab! That was just the footwork today. We started 7.00 am to get a head start on the heat of the day but today just started hot. And if we delayed longer, the incoming tide would have dashed us on the razor sharp rocks we crossed on the first section! After that most of the trails were OK – a lot of sand again though which is not good for feet. The most fantastic scenery today: savanah, herds of zebu, the baobab forest. I went thigh deep in clinging mud when I fell into the rice paddy – some guys lost shoes; two had to fight off a big snake blocking the slippery tree trunk bridge over one of the rivers. We found a deep and clear river which was good to wash mud off and cool down: a small piece of heaven in a long hot day. All of us had a decent day – Jane and Ewan rocked up bright and cheerful a few mins after Andy, lois and I – not possible to run much in that heat and a day that was a serious undertaking on its own, never mind following yesterday. My old body is hanging together OK - back is aching from carrying the pack and poor sleep but other than that, nothing a steak and a few beers wouldn’t fix!

Before I turn in, thank you for your messages: keep em coming! Special mentions to Madeleine, Claire, Steph and Tina - and not to forget Jodi: thankyou for leading the cheering from Minnesota. Thanks to everyone who’s thinking of me and the Gargunnock crew this week: your thoughts and messages are carrying us each day. Good night and will meet here again tomorrow – btw the music in the cybertent is just fantastic! See ya later x

13 COMMENTS

Mike Pizey

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 01:50:24 PM

Really sad to hear that Jane's had to drop out but the rest of you are going great despite the sand, mud and snakes. Peter - When the going gets really tough, just remember Sgurr na Ciche!

Jane Milne

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 10:28:38 PM

Woohoo! Go The Gargunnock Dafties! Thanks for another great update Pete - hope you're having a good bop to the tunes in the tent, have a good enough sleep and another good day tomorrow. And, jeeso, hope you don't meet any snakes along the way!!!

Carol MacGregor

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 10:04:11 PM

Hey Peter, sounds out of this world, literally. Following all you progress with bated breath and wonder. Feel for the baobab, bet it didn\'t know what BO is until then......keep up the stomping, running, stumbling, climbing and wading, we are all with you! x

Carol MacGregor

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 10:03:34 PM

Hey Peter, sounds out of this world, literally. Following all you progress with bated breath and wonder. Feel for the baobab, bet it didn't know what BO is until then......keep up the stomping, running, stumbling, climbing and wading, we are all with you! x

Elizabeth Watson

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 09:06:58 PM

Hey Peter - Just been reading your blogs - they are fantastic. What an adventure!! I am from the NE of Scotland Fraserburgh - say 'YooHoo' to my son Thomas - number 222 if you happen to pass him. Take care and all the best for the rest of the marathons. Will be thinking of you all Elizabeth Watson Fraserburgh Aberdeenshire.

Elizabeth Watson

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 09:06:53 PM

Hey Peter - Just been reading your blogs - they are fantastic. What an adventure!! I am from the NE of Scotland Fraserburgh - say 'YooHoo' to my son Thomas - number 222 if you happen to pass him. Take care and all the best for the rest of the marathons. Will be thinking of you all Elizabeth Watson Fraserburgh Aberdeenshire.

Claire Gill

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 08:40:56 PM

Hi Graham, The suggestion that they are at a rave is probably not far from the truth. When you think of the stats: combined ages of 250 (ish) for the Gargunnock 5, some are NOT first timers, and Jane and Lois (aka lovely ladies) are running in kilts, then they must be on something, surely xxx

graeme reid

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 07:48:10 PM

Knee deep mud, falling into paddy, lack of sleep, people losing shoes, music in the cybertent! Sounds like your at a rave! Good going though in that heat, top job. No fish today?

julie Martin Martin

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 07:21:16 PM

Helllloooo...wow, ally and I are so amazed at how the Gargunnock 5 are doing....Peter this is Lois' wee sister! We have been following you all, sounds fantastic but really tough. Keep on going. We are all behind you all in spirit! ! Love to all..keep enjoying, so so proud xx

duncan leask

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 06:16:57 PM

Fantastic effort Pete.keep going and love to the whole gang. Dunc

Gill McBride

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 05:36:26 PM

Well done to the Gargunnock crew! Thinking of you all, Gill (Jane's sister)

Alistair Abbott

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 05:28:22 PM

Stage 2 sounded fairly tough. You mentioned two things which I wouldn't like; sand and snakes. Well done for getting through it. I'm assuming on one of the stages it will be a bit like the Tour de France and you will have an uphill TT section! I remember one of the days is going to be a really long day so keep the pace right and you'll get through it no prpoblems.

Claire Gill

Posted: 02-Sep-2014 04:12:21 PM

Nice couple of photos of you, your patches look lovely and secure. Another photo, not sure what you are doing??? Blogs took a while to come through yesterday/today so wondered if you were ok. At least you did not lose your shoes, that would have been a bit awkward for you!!! Best regards and keep smiling to EJAL&P xxxxx

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