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Goto: 12005-05-05 12005-05-07 1USA

2005-05-06: Pictures25
Distance today: 35.0 km (Accumulated: 21212.0 km)
Country: USA

2005.05.06. [White sign at Hwy.1, East of Banf, : ?SP 11?] - [Green
road sign on Hwy. 1: ?Kananaskis Country, next exit].
(Runner companies all stage: Peter Rietveld).

35km, 3:26:00h. Excl. food, water, road-finding, toilet etc. stops
Total 21171km.

Start: 10:30am.
Finish: 14:55pm.
Time GMT - 8 hours

+07c, light overcast and light wind at start.
10c, overcast and wind same at finish.

- Guest reporter Peter Rietveld writes:

The great fruit juice & breakfast from Jason got us going this morning,
yes we are still at the homely home of Jason and Lorna Hardy. They again
supported us on our way to Calgary. As they are very experienced with
their airport transport this must be very hard for them having such a slow
transport, two days and barely halfway!! While we run they move forward
some 5 km and ........ start cleaning the sides on the Highway!!! DO you
believe that!!!!! That is showing dedication and respect to this fantastic
nature. The way they set up their business is in the same line with
running their shuttles on natural gas. Anyway a short day was planned and
we trotted off slightly limping with my shin splint but already better
than yesterday, amazing how quickly the body recovers with some help of
natural cream. We were met by Craig Douce who took a shot at us for the
Rocky Mountains Outlook. The last leg of the journey we were supported by
Mark as a driver and he has an amazing running background, really nice to
be running and backed up by a guy who knows what you are doing and is
genuinely interested. He changed running for a wife and 1 1/2 child and
would not change them for anything anymore. So we passed three high rocky
points called the three sisters, through two more huge rocky hills, which
meant the end of running through mountains for 18 days. Now the mountains
changed into hills with the flats ahead. Jesper was running ahead with
Joseph on his bicycle and these last km's I suddenly realised that 16
years ago I was cycling on the other side of the road on my way from
Toronto to Victoria. I remember vividly how excited I was to see these
mountains after the flats and how I worked my way against an 80 km/hr
headwind from Calgary to Banff. Reaching Victoria I promised my self not
to put me thought his kind of strain again, who would have thought that 16
years later I would come from the other way but now running?? The weather
keeps treating us very kindly and we are optimistic for the last piece
tomorrow of this leg. Peter



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