It’s good to be by the river

It was a brutal day out through extreme heat, strong winds, thunder and lightning towards evening and refreshing and at times chilly rain.
The Kaem has claimed 9 of our runners and it’s hard to see them not being able to complete their adventure yet it’s always the right decision as health comes first.

I definitely had the hardest run of my life-well actually it was mostly a walk as I shuffled along through hot gorges, thick relentless desert sand and glorious terrain. The sunset was awe inspiring.
To put the toughness into perspective it took me 13h30 to do 74 km. So tougher than tough!

I spotted two foxes in the dark a king Fischer at dawn and a scorpion at my feet-too close for comfort!

I spoke to myself, swore a lot, sang songs, breathed in the terrain and basically had to keep digging deeper and deeper and deeper still…

So today we are resting at the orange river. It’s beautiful boiling and the mood is a mixture of relief, pride, support and comradery.

So it’s 46 km tomorrow then 21 km to the finish in Augrabies. For now it’s drinking-in the experience of running in an extreme environment that takes us places we never knew existed-mostly inside of ourselves.

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Shoo Gav, sounds so tough I cant even imagine. I dont know where you find the inner resources. All I can say is, wow, you are real fighter, a treu fighting, resilient spirit!!! RESPECT !!!