|8-hour adventure race in Winnipeg area (Falcon Lake)|
New teammate for me, Jon Hunt, who has raced previous Swamp Donkey’s with Phil.
|the canoes awaiting in the race morning mist|
|following the bagpiper to the race start|
After plotting checkpoint co-ordinates early race morning, 113 teams of 3 teammates marched behind a bagpiper towards the canoes waiting for us on shore. We received a few comments and much envy of our lovely orange gloves.
|easy to spot my team with the orange gloves! - photo Kelly Morton photography|
|Team Bikes & Beyond getting close to shore|
Next up, the bikes. I dashed off a quick pace, happy to get hills to climb to warm up. Bushwack section with bikes wandering over deadfall not so fun.
Trails on the Canadian Shield tons of fun with the unforgiving rock. Taking a grassy cross-country ski trail had hidden lumps where I was tossed harshly. Once passing over the lead to Phil who took a few more tosses later. Part of the new Trans-Canada Trail had fresh sand on it making it challenging to ride. We passed multiple teams on this section bogging down in the seashorey sand.
We caught up to the lead mixed teams with women on tow while I was leading out my guys!
Major orienteer section with the first easy checkpoint. The next few involved passing thru the swamp multiple times, scrambling on rocky Shield, ploughing thru thigh-high grass with divots and sinkholes. It was bushwacking at its best.
|Ha, the woman in the pic was similar to me in losing ground in the marsh|
|one of the many swamp crossings - careful for that drop!|
|there was no real "running" section... it was scramble, slosh & dodge mother nature|
The passport which we had to stamp at each checkpoint was embarrassing for an "experienced" team to hand in as it got soaked with a few swamp crossings and was barely holding together. Oh well!
|Team Bikes & Beyond - happy to get dry, fed, and to chill out!|
BEST PART was the reunion of my ECO-CHALLENGE team from 1999!!as they all live in Winnipeg
|Philip Roadley (Eco-Warrior), Marg Fedyna (Eco-Barbie not happy w/ the name!), |
Alex Man (Eco-Spaceman), Kurt Gibson (Eco-Kowboy)
Alex was course designer for the past Swamp Donkeys
|Delivering the bottle of wine that Kurt had me bring back for him from Argentina when we were at Patagonia Eco-Challenge in 1999. |
The wine was pretty good 13+ years later!
Thanks to Patricia Roadley for whipping up an amazing meal for the team and their families. It was great to see the guy's families after 13 years, especially the kids growing up.
THE BEST OF TEAM TRUE NORTH
|Philip, Kurt, Alex, Marg - eager for their first 5-day expedition adventure race - Raid the North Extreme, Elliot Lake ON, August 1999|
|Post race, 99-hours later, a little inflamed and sore though still smiling!|
with wicked support crew Patricia Roadley and Shirley Benson.
I'm wearing my only clean clothes with sealskin socks as my feet were too inflamed for shoes
|Eco-Challenge Patagonia 1999 poser race photo|
|ready for a 110-km paddle on super windy Lake Nahuel-Huapi|
|few days later, mountain climbing in Patagonia thru a crazy snow storm|
- these pics look more like we are on a holiday with those smiles!!
|if anyone wonders where I get my energy from... this pic was taken |
after the 99-hour adventure race at Raid the North Extreme.
Probably only had 5+ hours of sleep the whole race.
The guys are out cold, I'm wickedly wound up!
|got the Swamp Donkey sticker on my car!|