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Goto: 12005-05-09 12005-05-11 1USA

2005-05-10: Pictures17
Distance today: 12.0 km (Accumulated: 21341.0 km)
Country: USA

2005.05.10. [Cross of Hwy. 1 & Hwy. 24 South] - [Strathmore; cross of Hwy.
1 & Hwy. 817].

(Crew all stage: Ben Kromand).

12km, 0:54:53h. Excl. food, water, road-finding, toilet etc. stops
Total 21300km.

Start: 10:57am.
Finish: 12:04pm.
Time GMT - 8 hours

+0c, snow/rain and light wind at start.
+02c, overcast and same wind at finish.

- A sprint stage ... !

Woke up to a snowy morning; all landscape at the estate of my host Karen &
Ben Kromand in Calgary was covered in white - like a classical
Scandinavian winters day :-)

Though that didn?t motivate me much ;-) On our way to the starting point I
contemplated the possibilities: 1) I could run the planned distance to
Cluny; approximately 50km alone in the snow-mixed rain and look forward to
a cosy night in the wet tent .. or 2) Run a very short stage into
Strathmore and take the friendly offer of the local Travel Lodge Motel of
free accommodation for the day.

- Not much of a competition between those options :-)

Though, besides the humour, it was my first stage alone again on the
roads, and that didn?t exactly put more energy into the body. Since
Vancouver I have had company on the daily stages by Peter Rietveld from
Holland who had to go back home to "real life" yesterday, and today Joseph
from South Korea who has followed me on bicycle headed back to Calgary on
his long journey to Vancouver and from there back to Korea.

I much enjoyed the company of those two gentlemen and as always the first
stage alone feels a little dull. I will most likely have about 1000km to
the next contact so this along with the fact that I ran into Calgary one
day ahead of schedule made me choose this short stage. Besides this the
body had a clear message to me this morning: It would be nice with a
little rest :-)
... And that is just what I have had today: enjoying homemade food put in
my luggage by Ben & his wife Karen; watching some TV; catching up on
emails and floating around in the bathtub.

- Oh yes; a very tuff run this is ;-))

But sometimes you need days like this. Tomorrow let the daily "fun"

PS: As promised long ago I have made a longer text about the general
impression of the first 20 000km of the run. You can for example find it



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