Location- Llay Llay to San Felipe
Thought of the day- tough days are what builds our character so we can appreciate the good days
Song of the day- 50cent in da club
Thank you’s- Rich, Linda, Mum, Dad, Amy, Nathan and Luke. Bivouac Outdoors and Yealands Estate Wine.
The last couple of days things have been going smoothly, as I was fresh and it was exciting but today was a slightly different story. Today I ran into the hottest part of my journey as well as face the section of road that I collapsed from a heat stroke two years ago. Somehow I got myself into a negative frame of mind and was constantly checking the time and distance on my watch
This makes the run seemingly endless as well as stopping me from zoning out. This was the first time I started asking myself why am I doing this? I have already done this part successfully, and this is a reasonable enough question to ask myself.
During the Sea2summit7 mission in Russia this year it took me three attempts to get close enough to the border for me to feel like I could stand on the summit with pride knowing I did everything I could to walk/run and climb every possible meter. I even left the mountain to try one last successful time. I know in my heart that I had to re-do this whole mission to make sure I have learnt from the mistakes I made two years ago. The difference I found today was that I could not draw upon the excitement of seeing a new country and culture like in the previous climbs but I must focus on the feeling I will get when I get the two year monkey off my back and stand on the roof of South America.
Standing on the spot where I suffered the heat stroke was an extremely emotional moment for me. It has been the biggest mistake and lesson of this whole adventure to date. I was able to re-live this moment and I thank God that Margaret came and saved me that day. Feeling helpless and alone in a foreign place is a horrible feeling, but many suffering from mental illness feel this way on a regular basis. It is our human nature to help others, but unfortunately it is also in our nature to repress vulnerability.
Take the path less travelled