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August 26 - Merritt

26 August 2009 No Comment

au26-1.jpg August 26, 2009
Stage 57
Dallas, BC to Merritt, BC.

The day started off a bit later than usual, but nonetheless, still quite early in the eyes of most. The starting point was up in the hills, more like mountains if one asked some of the runners. The ardas was recited as the sun came up from behind and the runners were very excited after reading a sign which showed truckers that a 6% downhill slope was coming up for eighteen kilometers! Onward, the runners went in the cool but sunny morning. The slopes were no challenge for the runners but tested the vehicles that used the roads as trucks struggled in lower gear coming up from below, and their own bus’ brakes overheated which forced them to wait for a few minutes until the paws of “Big Bear” (call code for our bus) cooled down. Shortly after, they ran into the city of Merritt in the afternoon and thanks to the effort of all the runners, they had some time off which they spent eating the leftovers of last night’s wonderful dinner donated by the Kang family and later went off in the city to play a game of volleyball between the uncles and the kids.

In the evening, the group went to the Merritt Sikh Society where they met with some of the local sangat and were able to perform kirtan, do a speech and present a few slides to tell the locals about what they had been up to for the past eight weeks. A reporter from the city’s local newspaper also came and interviewed Sandeep Singh as well as took a few shots of the group outside the gurdwara. Only three days of running remain until the event comes to an end and though many of the runners are exhausted, they are starting to wonder what it will be like to return to normal life after such a unique experience.

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