Location: Concon to Quillota
Distance/time: 21km/ 1:57
Song of the day: Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo
Thought of the day: Your brain holds much more memory than you realise
-Sponsors….Bivouac Outdoors, Yealands Estate Wines, Spark my Potential, Takanini Physio, Suunto Watches, Total Sport, Cruz roof Racks
-Rich (support crew), family, friends, God
I had one of the most buzziest days of my life today, excuse the colloquialism but it is really hard to explain. Today we drove half of the road that I walked two years ago. In a bus or car it would have seemed rather repetitive, but when you travel at 4 kmph it is amazing the amount of places, objects and scenery your brain remembers. It seemed like every couple of km something would jump out at me that I could associate some sort of yarn too. ‘Rich! I slept in that bus stop while an old lady waited on the ground’ or ‘I camped in that spot down by the river’ and ‘some strange dude tried to sell me Weed here.’
It is also hard to fathom that it took me nine of the hardest days of my life to lug all 28kg of my gear through 36 degree heat and we just cruised past it all in three hours driving. What did we do before we had cars? Or horses? Well… now I know.
One of the most surreal parts of my day was getting to Concon beach and seeing the shipping container that’s roof I slept on the night before I started walking. Everything was exactly the same as I remembered. I took a brief five minute moment to let everything sink in before I started the sea to summit adventure all over again, this time hopefully with a summit and different lessons learned. The run went really well today and there is nothing else to report here except that I apologise for the photos and the videos as the internet was too bad to transfer the cool ones, but I will as soon as I can. It has just gone midnight and I need to be up in just over five hours so I need to get some rest!
“Memories take us back, dreams take us forward” anon
It was hard looking back and running at the same time