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Cuba to Abiquiu Lake / 09.07.2011
82.8 km / 1472.6 km complete
51.4 mi / 915 mi complete
8 Participants at the start / 8 Participants at the stage finish
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This is one of the most beautiful stages of the circuit.
Canyons, rocks sculpted by the wind with strata of varied hues: reds, greens, ocher.
There are pines, gentle and steep inclines, bends to the right and to the left.
The road sweeps and turns as it likes, in an ocean of green.
It is a magnificent stage, so beautiful and so difficult.
This morning the meeting takes place in complete silence.
Eyes are downcast and seem to be as closed as everyone’s ears.
Fatigue shows and there is limited time for communication, and it is not necessarily of good quality, but we have to live with it.
Like many of the runners, I manage to find a reason for managing one stage after another.
We live in the present, only the present.
The second point that does not help communications is the lack of networks in all the places we have just come through.
Being cut off from the world is not the problem but not being able to communicate between the organization’s different vehicles is not making our days easy, especially since James’s diarrhea has forced him to stop 15 times and day and he has vomited twice a day for the past 4 days.
Such diarrhea causes severe dehydration and I think it is time to find out if such a severe case is caused by bacteria or not.
If it is, then it needs to be treated with antibiotics because his strength is decreasing by the day.
But for the moment, James is on the road; Anne and René are with him and for the last two hours in the day Bertrand and David will take over.
To take his mind off the situation they haven’t found better than to teach him the refrain of a French song: “82 km on foot is wearing, it’s wearing; 82 km is wearing out shoes…..” which we all sing at the finish line.
If the body is suffering the spirit is too and I know that he misses his girlfriend.
I asked if she will be on the race and the plan is that she comes for the last week.
He seems to like the idea that she may come earlier and even very soon.
Let’s hope it will be possible.
Everyone arrived within the time limit at Lake Abiquiu, not far from the Abiquiu Dam.
This small body of water appeals to people with small boats but also to the runners who enjoy the scenery, that is, most of them.
Rainer made a banana milkshake for James and everyone asks after him.
There is mutual respect for effort and I can understand that only the runners can understand because they are living the race in the same manner and facing the same difficulties.
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