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... got back in time lunch of couscous, pork chops, chips, and mushy peas. Total distance for the ride was 18 miles. Our second ride will be shorter but three times higher climb (update to follow). Currently napping, actually lying in our bunk resting. Well, the afternoon ride was true to its billing. We left from the dock and immediately went up on 10%25 grades to 1260 feet in 4.9 miles. I did the climb in just under an hour, averaging 5 miles per hour. Betsy made it just a bit ...
... made it to Heathrow T5 we realized we were about 3 hours too early. We boarded a flight from London to Buenos Aires and of course the seat that I was in assigned had also been assigned to someone else. I used my seriously limited spanish and lots of hand gestures to explain the predicament to an already very stressed Spanish, (so yes, she did have a lisp), flight attendant. When the other man jumped up and offered me the seat I knew I was going back to Argentina. That level ...
... I think that my speed meant I'd passed our meet up spot before she had reached it, but scanning the crowds during miles 9 and 10 slowed me down to just over 9 minute miles. By mile 11 I knew I had missed her, so picked up the pace again and settled back into around 8:30 minute miles. I was loving the atmosphere, the bands playing random music on the side of the road and the miles and miles of endless cheering crowds you run past. There was water every mile, sprinkler stations every ...
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1:00/2:00 work begins again. (Could be anything from the list above.) On Fridays however we had 'Game Day' at this time, when we could go up to the local school and play basketball, football, ultimate Frisbee, or just chill. This was our 'team-building' time.
5:00 Work ends, and we head back to our accommodation. (Half of the conservation volunteers lived higher up the mountain.)
6:00 Dinner (which ...
... Napoleon's fleet at the famous Battle of Trafalgar (from which Trafalgar Square gets its name). Nelson was killed in the battle, but not before being told of his grand victory.. and then kissed on the cheek... by his second in command. Legend has it that in order to preserve his body on the long voyage home, Nelson's loyal seamen put his bullet strewn cadaver in a large cask of rum.
The exhibit was nothing if not informative, and I learned quite a bit about the Royal Navy ...
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