Location: middle of nowhere

Distance: 42km

Time: 5hrs 50min, Pace: 8min 20/km

Thought of the day: Daydreams of gourmet first world food

Song of the day: the Lion Kings ‘hakuna matata’

Dave for bringing me on this crazy adventure and being a daily inspiration
Our parents for their support and wise words
Everybody sending us messages of support
The lovely people of Africa who have kept me entertained the last five days!

Today Dave ran marathon #5 from somewhere in the middle of nowhere to somewhere else 42km later. He is now past half way in km to the summit! He was in surprisingly good form this morning but I was a bit worried what the day might have in store for us. He jogged along in my headlights until dawn then I left him to drive to the 10km mark. There have been long term road works and a secondary road some of the way, lots of pot holes and camouflaged speed humps to navigate through as well as trucks and buses hurtling past, it keeps driving interesting anyway. The other day I got a trivial fine from a cop and had to give her a lift to the station to pay it! Cheeky! No matter where I park the car somebody always walks or cycles past and more often than not they will stop for a chat. I don’t think a young solo female Westerner parked in rural Africa just chilling is a common sight. It’s been fun learning Swahili and I’ve done countless thumbs ups. Ive found the people to be so friendly and accommodating and always laughing. But then I’m always happy to see Dave appear in the rear mirror still running and okay, and enjoy retreating to the car for some peace!

This journey has helped me realise that the best things in life are free. Sometimes I think the more you have the more you think you need. The people here generally seem so much happier and more carefree than in first world countries even though they may have poor health, no shoes, no money, no education, a mundane job. As the wise Notorious B.I.G said, “mo’ money, mo’ problems”…

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness” – William E. Gladstone



4 thoughts on “Day 5 – a note from Ally

  1. Dear Ally great to read your reports do take care and look after each other hope all goes well for your climb lol A Sharon xx

  2. aww that’s beautiful Ally! what an incredible adventure and one you wont soon forget! I’m glad the locals have been so lovely and accommodating and that the trip is a success so far! Inspiring stuff your both doing over there 🙂 and I’m adding that quote to my collection! lots of love! RUN DAVE RUN!

  3. love seeing your views of Tanzania, can’t wait to get there. Incedibly proud of you both. I don’t know Dave. but he’s an inspiration for everyone. Take care.

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