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Thailand Power of Ten Update – 2 Nov

Why we are winding around the place. When one heads out on an adventure, you don’t want to end up running mega asphalt freeways – getting fried from radiated heat off the ground. Have your life shortened by ten years due to mainlining on diesel smoke. The only hints of wildlife that one sees is a dehydrated sun baked truck “flattie” or the odd snake, or lizard, yes dog too and whatever other road kill you can identify. Okay so you got that, that’s why...

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Thailand Power of Ten Update -1 Nov

The Thai dog In Thailand one sees dogs everywhere; outside shops, homes, in the fields and even in the busiest street you will find a dog just casually lying down licking his nuts, oblivious the juggernaut of traffic heading down on him. They seem to own the spot. The other thing that I must admit is they are all in good condition, cared for and fed. In better condition than I have seen in most countries that I have run in. But running does pose a problem...

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Thailand Power of Ten Update -31 Oct

Daily feasts. We had spent most of the first day when we landed buying cooking gear. Tables, chairs, gas cooker, the odd pot, wash-up bowls etc. What a wasted exercise, (blew a sum of our precious budget). With most of these adventures getting food is such a mission. Thailand, what a pleasure, down every little rural road, around any street corner in the smallest village there is someone cooking food. Juicy tasty chicken kebabs, beef and rice meatballs grilled on little roadside “Braai’s.” Slabs of...

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Thailand Power of Ten Update -28 Oct

Heading out north We have finally negotiated our way out north east of Bangkok and are heading towards Ayutthaya which we hope to skirt to the east as well. Then we will cut in west and join some smaller farm roads that we have seen that run in the same direction as the main road called the “Asian highway” and then head north. There is a river that we want to follow up towards Cheng Mai. The heat is unbearable; from 11-30 until 2 it is...

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Thailand Power of Ten Update -27 Oct

Sleeping? We were under the impression that finding a campsite was going to be no issue, but it’s a serious mission at the moment. Our lack of communication is the biggest issue. It seems whatever we try and explain comes out the wrong way and we are shown the road. I finally got a guy who we had met to do a video clip for us that we could play to people along the road explaining that we are looking for a place to camp. Still no...

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Thailand Power of Ten Update -26 Oct

On the mend Andy arrived back to where we were staying. The Hospital was crazy busy so he left Pete there to be seen. We discussed different options as we somehow have to get onto the road to begin the run. We have a solution. Today we will begin with a short 15km run out, just to get going. Make a marker and then get a lift back to the hotel. Tomorrow we will drive out and start on the same spot. This way with...

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Thailand Power of Ten Update -25 Oct

Day 1 Finally in Thailand Walking out of the plane it felt as if some one had left the oven door open. It’s seriously hot here and then there is the humidity. The run is going to be, let’s say interesting. With our mountain of baggage we headed up to the pick up zone gate 4 on the 2nd floor for the hotel transfer. No one there! So the journey begins. Well I suppose when we left we only had a plane ticket, a phone number...

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Thailand Ultra and the Power of 10 pt4

The first journey was my beginning to this life changing event beginning all those 10 years ago (and so the numbers roll), when I put on my running shoes for the first time in Jiayaguwan in the Gobi desert region of NW china.   It was down on the banks of the Great White River where the great wall begins and then snakes out across the Gobi and Tangier deserts and on into the mountains. I remember as I headed off down the great wall of China...

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Thailand Ultra and the Power of 10 pt3

Looking back over my shoulder, through the dust at the fading footprints that I have left across this planet – the rugged mountains that I have climbed crested with snow caps and clothed in spinney shale. Proud they stand in the morning light as the clouds clear and how new they look washed by the passing storm and soothed by winds.   I tumbled down these wet slippery rocks, sliding and crashing into its unforgiving might, winded and broken.   I have managed to stand up and take another...

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Thailand Ultra and the Power of 10 pt2

There is the saying, the stars are aligned or beginning to align – but not only the stars, then there is the numerical side as well.   In the Asian countries numbers play a big part in people's lives; superstition, luck, back home here in SA as well, there is always that lurking no 13 – and don’t let it happen on a Friday. So what does this mean when all of these come together at once? Well I feel it's all beginning to happen around me,...