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13 August 2022 08:26 am (GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi
This is it. Bag is packed and everything fits inside! 3rd time 3rd race is the charm I guess. I remember trying to pack for Patagonia, my first, and in absolute tears because there was no way it was going to work. (Many thanks to the RTP tribe of repeat runners who descended on my hotel room and taught me quite a few things!). SO, thrilled that my sleeping bag is on the inside and all latches closed on the 1st try. Linda (a rockstar repeat offender down the hall) saved my angst by lending me a scale (and lots of great conversation!) and lo and behold I pulled 20 lbs on my first weigh in. (Mind you, I discreetly did not include my poles and sleeping pad on that check….but who’s counting).
I purposely am NOT opening my backpack again. The voices in my head telling me to add and subtract with no logic so at this point I yell BASTA and move on!
Up too early today for last texts and calls with home. A beautiful morning meditation on the river to clear my head and fire up my belly.
Last clips of the nails to the nub and a small prayer to the gods of the feet to protect me this week. Much talk of “you’re going to get wet” making me think and rethink sock strategy but I will leave that for campfire chit chat tonite. I’m sure there will be a lot of great advice passed around. For now need some food and a very hot shower (the last for a week). We have a 3.5 hour bus ride to camp 1 in the middle of beautiful nowhere. Check ins and checking of all equipment to happen today as well, so I imagine it will be a long, if not slow, day.
Northern lights? I am told that because it does not really get dark, the best time to see them is between midnight and 3am if the skies are clear. We are all already talking about setting northern light alarms to awaken everyone if there is a good night. Now that would be amazing. Here’s to hoping!
And yes Ella (our daughter): plenty of reindeer photos to come!!!