Counting Down – 3 & 2 Days to the Start of the Last Desert Race in Antarctica

Exploring Ushuaia

Wednesday, 29 October & Thursday, 30 October 2014

Greetings from Ushuaia

I am finally in Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina. It was long trip from San Francisco via Houston and Buenos Aires, including an unscheduled stop-over in Montevideo due to bad weather conditions in Buenos Aires.

The ship to Antarctica departs on Saturday morning and I therefore have a few days to explore Ushuaia and get acclimatized.

Ushuaia is surrounded by snowcapped mountains and we had light snow fall for most of Thursday. It is a beautiful setting, and obviously a total different experience for someone from sunny South Africa.

Ryan Hill, a fellow Antarctica runner and friend from the Sahara and Gobi desert races, and I are staying at the same guesthouse and we went for an 8km run this afternoon. It was a first opportunity to test my running gear and experience running in the cold. It was good to stretch the legs after the long flights of the previous day and see a bit of Ushuaia.

I felt fairly comfortable running in the many layers of clothing required for these conditions. But the weather changes very quickly – from sunny to cloudy to snowy – and when the wind blows there is definitely a sudden change in temperature. Running in Antarctica will be an interesting experience to say the least!

Ryan and I are planning to go run in the mountains on Friday morning and the scenery will no doubt be spectacular.

Remember to support my fundraising campaign for a Greenpeace Africa solar street lighting project in Diepsloot and encourage others to do the same.

The countdown to Antarctica continues…

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I’m excited about the race in Antarctica and the challenge of raising R250 000 for a Greenpeace Africa solar energy project, and encourage you to support my efforts and the work of Greenpeace Africa!

Please make a donation and encourage others to do the same.

“Together we can make a difference!”

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