Nov 29, 2012
Distance today = 49.67 km; Total distance = 15,119.06 km; Location = Vedia (21 km east of) – 34 33.262′ S, 61 18.484′ W; Start time = 0832, Finish time = 1614
I was greeted by a ferocious headwind this morning, and it didn’t let up all day.
But that wasn’t the hardest part of the day. Worse was the shoulder. It consisted of long grass, so every time a car or truck came along, I had to jump off into the green stuff. It takes much more energy running through long grass, as you either need to lift your knees very high, or incur the “drag” as you pull your feet through the grass. In summary, I expended a lot more energy today than if I’d been on the road all day. And that doesn’t even count the nervous energy from running in amongst the snakes.
I forgot to mention yesterday that I’m now in my fifth Argentinean state. After briefly running through the state of Sante Fe, I am now in the state of Buenos Aires, although still hundreds of kilometres from the city itself.
PS No mention of world running would be complete without acknowledging Tony Mangan. Tony is currently in Argentina (like me) as part his world run. However, he is way down south, in Patagonia. Tony has embarked on running, not just around the world, but up and down it as well. For example, he ran across North America, then down through Central America, and is nearing the end of running the length of South America. Tony is taking roughly four years to cover nearly 50,000 km – a run which will surely be considered the most comprehensive and complete world run ever.