Portugal perhaps

It looks like I might have a new plan for the next couple of weeks. I was tapping away to Emily on Skype a couple of days ago and she was bemoaning the fact that she can’t take any time off work to support Chris in his upcoming adventure race. To cut a short story shorter, I am probably flying to Portugal on 6 November to support Team Nike/Beaver Creek in the 2009 Adventure Racing World Champs. My friend Kati will be flying in from Germany to lend support and drive the team vehicle.

Chris has been entering adventure races for a few years now. He started off racing with Aaron Prince on team GoLite/Timberland (now disbanded) in 2005. They finished second to Nike in the Primal Quest in 2006 and Chris began racing for Nike the following year. In 2007 Nike won the World Adventure Racing Championships in Scotland with Chris as their navigator. Here’s some puff from Sleep Monsters about the team. Now that’s puff to be proud of.

It looks like there are two teams from New Zealand entering; the very strong OrionHealth.com with Brent and Anna and Nga Rakau whom I know nothing about. Nike has a large Kiwi influence with two out of the four team mates from New Zealand. Oooh.

You can follow the race on Twitter, Facebook, or the website.

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Above left: Chris and “The Flintstones” cleaned up in TWALK 2005 despite carrying their car for the first leg. Above right: Chris was happy to navigate in a white-out during our tramping trip to Ivory Lake in 2007. Tim, Greig, and Clare opted for a GPS.

Below: Chris follows Gina up a steep slope on our trip to Ivory Lake.

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Tappity tap

You might not believe it but it is a warm sunny day here in Norwich. I am sitting in the park with my trusty “digger” (Samsung laptop) trying to scheme various schemes. The leaves are turning golden and falling off the trees.

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Kiwis and a Pole in London

After clearing customs I took the train to London Bridge. A guy from Poland sitting next to me was also heading there. He had only started learning English three months ago and seemed to be keen to travel with a native speaker so we agreed to go there together.

Greer met us at London Bridge Station and we went in search for hotels for our Polish friend. We decided that 250 pounds/night was a bit pricey and since all of the seven YHA hostels were fully booked for the night, Greer kindly said he could stay with us at her flat. He was exceedingly grateful.

We headed back to meet Kristyn and Cass outside the crowded London Bridge Station. Back to Greer’s flat and then out to a pub for dinner. It was so good to see some Kiwi friends again even if they did mock my ridiculous ankle breezing trousers.

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Above: Cris, Kristyn, Cass, Greer, and Damin eating out at a pub. It was nice to catch up with some Kiwi friends again.

Off to London

I’m at Allgäu airport waiting for my plane to London. It’s going reasonably smoothly so far except that the bus timetable in Memmingen didn’t seem to match what I had found on the internet. So I missed the bus. Luckily I met a guy from the US who was also trying to find his way to the airport. We shared a taxi which my wallet was grateful for.

The plan for London is to catch up with friends for a few weeks. Then I’m heading back to Germany to settle in for the long cold winter. Ughhh.