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Stage 3
02-Sep-2014 01:59:37 AM [(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi]

Today I’ve completed 42km in 12 hours, the longest I’ve ever experienced. I was starving near the end. Once I reached the campsite just by its cut off time 7pm, I dropped my bag and rushed to reheat my food. I finished them in just a second. Then, I rushed to the Cyber Tent by its closing time 8pm.

The scenery we passed through today was magnificent. We started on a sandy beach, then to Red Tsingy zone where we walked next to this heritage site and on its river bed. I love the Savanah view. It’s like being wild in the Safari land. Victor and I kept motivating each other. He gave me a hand when passing tree lodge over stream, waited for me whenever I dropped my bag to rest. Some route today was quite technical with random stones, climbing over rocks. Before crossing the finishing line at campsite today, we had to walk pass about 300m river up to knee level. I had to watch out for those million of stones down there. More blisters are coming out. I hardly get blisters in HK during training. So I really need to get help from teammate or medical team here.

I tried to dry out my socks and lingerie at night, but it turned out they were still quite wet. I thought it’s dry here. I was pinning two pairs of socks behind my backpack, Victor was teasing “Are you selling socks?” haha. Socks were dry afterwards but they turned to be so hard and not soft at all.

uckily, I slept alright these nights. 7 of us shared a tent. I didn’t get much mosquito bites at this point.

To dad: Fortunately, you reminded me bringing a pair of gloves. After holding the hiking poles for two days, bumps haven’t come out yet, but the sun is strong here, back of my hand is red. I put Vaseline on and started using the gloves today. Much better.

To mom: I got your message. Please pass my updates to dad. I stick Salonbase muscle relief stickers on my shoulders and back each night.

Gary, Martin, Connie, Shirley, Candice: Thanks for all your support. I was thinking all of you while I’m fighting for the last difficult stages.

I’ll keep updating this blog, so you know where I’m up to and safe. 4 more days to go to reach 250Km.

5 COMMENTS

Agnes C

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 11:07:05 AM

Totally share your blister pain... I never had blisters and got 6 in one day at Gobi. My other friends in this race are all having terrible feet so you have got lots of friends to share the joy and pain ;-) You are doing great, just keep up the spirit, throw stuff away if it makes you happy and enjoy the scenery!!! Keep Going!!!

Patrick Ho

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 10:40:44 AM

Dear Natalie, We all worry in office without hearding any news from you. I am glad to know you completed stage 3 and I know I will never have chance to experience how tough is it. We all doing good in office but just missing you. Take care and I am sure you can overcome for the next few days. May god bless you and good luck! Cheers, Patrick

Janis Yuen

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 06:12:17 AM

Natalie and Victor: you're doing a great job. Keep it up! It's good that you keep companion to each other. I think that's one of the joys we get from sports and exotic activities like this. We test ourselves but we also make a lot of friends. Best wishes from HK.

Jay Wong

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 05:47:11 AM

Greeting from HK again You hv finished almost half of the journey and are doing great! Just keep putting one foot in front of the other ! And smile whenever you see the cameraman :-) Will continue to keep an eye on you, Victor and Cana

Natalie Yiu

Posted: 03-Sep-2014 04:15:43 AM

Both dad and I read your email. Dad said thanks to Victor and Cana took care of you and by your side to remind you drink enough water. Knowing that although very tiring but you obtained very good experience through the designed different route. I am glad to know you have strong will to finish the distance every day. I can't imagine your physical tireness every night. But knowing you slept OK. Remember safety is first concern. Wishing your success tomorrow and the rest remained. We love you. mom and dad... 9/3/2014

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