We arrived at the airport only to be told that our flight was delayed until tomorrow and they gave us a voucher for a nearby hotel. We proceeded to explain that we could not leave tomorrow due to the logistics of the expedition we were on and to see what they could do. I think having a trolley of bags and gear that made it look like I was going to climb Everest helped our cause as we were given two seats on the next available flight leaving in three hours which was yesterday’s delayed flight.
We then boarded the plane only to find that our allocated seats had been red zoned due to a fault with the emergency door and we had to wait till everyone was seated to find out where we would be sitting. Rich and I were hoping for the cliche upgrade to business class but unfortunately this did not happen.
After arriving in Chile it was straight to work organising our SIM cards for communication and picking up the car we are borrowing from a friend for the next few weeks (gracias Catti and the Castillo familia). Our travel agent seems to have booked us into the bromantic queen bed suite in the hostel which is right next to the party room which is pumping all of The Edge fm style dance songs of 2012. Tomorrow day we will drive the route I will be running to check there are no road complications and pre book some accommodation for the next few nights. In the evening I will start the first leg of my run from Concon to Quillota.
The down time between these adventures seem to be getting shorter and shorter so it has been difficult coming to terms with the fact that I am about to start from scratch the epic 28 day battle which completely broke me less than two years ago. Luckily I have about five hours of solo running time tomorrow to reflect and take in the gravity of the task ahead of me.
I am actually taking a path I have travelled before so my sign off line does not really apply right now, but this quote that a good friend of mine sent me only yesterday has given me great food for thought…
‘A man never meets the same mountain twice, for he is not the same man and it is not the same mountain’