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.
The countdown to Antarctica continues…
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