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04 October 2019 10:10 pm (GMT-04:00) Santiago
After stage 5 – rest day
We are relaxed in the camp. I was back to the camp at about 3am and after 8am, 9am people were still coming back home. My friend Helen came back at last around 10am and everyone came to meet her at the finish line. Her sprained leg was still bad condition. Julia was staying with her on the course. They were moving 2km per hour pace and made the finish line impressively. This time we found that Helen’s boss at Shangrila hotel, Jürgen was my good friend and a training partner. What a small world.
My camp mate Andrew came to the finish line at stage 1 and 2 to carry my bag to the tent. Nice of Andrew and thank you. His wife and Volunteer staff Yumi smiles and says ‘wish he was like that at home’.
Ben, thanks for asking about my blisters. I have 5 blisters and losing 2 toe nails. I learned how to poke the blister to liquid out and tape properly and took care of them every day. I was producing a new blister every day. I knew I go to visit the medical tent every day and usually all doctors are young and handsome. I went to Sakumi’s nail salon before I came to the trip and she made my nails beautifully done but losing anyway. At least one of handsome doctors Greg said when he took care of my blisters, “you have pretty nails” and I was happy. All doctors were very nice and helpful. All toes and feet are swollen from fatigue. My face must have swollen too. After sahara race my face became a grapefruit. But if I see Nick’s face, it became wild (also cos of beard) and even more lean and mean looking. I have to feed beers to him eventually after the race, tomorrow at finish line to begin with.
Thank you very much for emails and comments for the blog. I enjoyed reading all those. Thank you for following our progress during the race. Thinking about all friends and which made me keep going. Cannot wait for seeing all of you and tell you more about it.