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St Robert to St James / 31.07.2011
66.5 km / 3113.5 km complete
41.3 mi / 1934.6 mi complete
8 Participants at the start / 8 Participants at the stage finish
Daily stage results
Total race results
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I let a day go by and must admit that I no longer know the date.
Each stage is so full that it cancels the preceding one.
Luckily, I have the photos to remind me of D43,
which begins badly because the « Race Director » (that’s me) is particularly annoying first thing in the morning.
I insist that everyone wears a yellow vest with reflective stripes.
The roads in Missouri are far too dangerous to leave pedestrians wandering around without reflective gear, even if there is little traffic.
All it takes is one car.
So I am fuming and my irritation is passed on to the runners….
So the fireflies take off for a new day.
Everyone loves the itinerary, which is in a sea of green.
Mist and sunshine herald the day and it is absolutely magnificent, especially because there is little traffic.
The situation deteriorates as we leave Rolla.
The road is a roller coaster with no visibility and curves that are uncomfortable and a “pain in the feet”.
Alexandro and James are dragging and very tired.
They plod on, like it or not, and they don’t complain; however, we are watching them and trying to understand and find solutions to help them get back into top form.
Serge is in somewhat the same condition but to a lesser degree.
He lacks all energy, which he thinks is completely abnormal.
Even if the other runners don’t talk about it, their faces show it.
This stage seems difficult to a lot of them, even if we no longer use comparatives: more, less, equal.
Every day is a step toward New York, period!
Bando is suffering from an itchy rash on a good part of his body, following yesterday’s rain.
That plus the sun, the heat and perspiration has set his body on fire from his knees to his chest.
Other runners also suffer from being overheated and from chafing.
Mr. Koshita seems to be making out all right and maintains a good pace.
Among the stage runners, Markus is in top form; his wife Brandi is a native of Missouri and he is happy to cross the state, which he likes a lot.
The humidity (70% today) with a temperature of 35°C (96°F) doesn’t appear to affect him.
His crew, Klaus, who has been with him for a few weeks, is always smiling and even tempered, which is very nice.
Jenni has perked up and her morale is improving day by day.
Jenni’s physical sensations and morale affect the way she functions so her head and body need to be in harmony for her to advance.
She is running stage after stage and it’s a pleasure to see.
Gérard took a day off because of the problem he has with the sole of his foot.
Mr. Ishihara had a good stage.
Philippe is hanging in and since the Japanese crew has taken him under its wing his morale is good and he has been able to run more stages.
He seems to be enjoying each day, even if they are sometimes difficult.
In the end, there is always a lot to say…..
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