Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Stage 18 - Nassereith

"Only" a 38 mile day today, but dominated by a 7 mile climb over the Reissepass. Here's a photo of second place runner René Strossny actually running up it! At a brisk walk, it took the rest of us mere mortals 2 hours to get to the summit at over 5000 ft.

Several quicker folks had issues today with shin splints - very painful swelling in the shins - caused by the long, steep descents. My cautious pace downhill has helped me avoid them completely. Now if only I could get rid of this cold...

Tomorrow we reach Germany, and pass through beautiful places like Füssen that Claire and I have visited before. But 30 more Austrian miles to go before we reach the border.

7 comments:

Chris Barton said...

Please shout hello to my distant Austrian cousins on your way, through, Russell!

Slaire said...

Oh yes I remember the beautiful Neuschwanstein castle and sun bathing by the river Lech !! Tell Fussen hello from me and have a beer, you earned it!

Anonymous said...

Hi from Austin, TX- Andy and Shay here. Incredible journey thus far, we are happily following along with you. Best wishes.

Robin said...

What an amazing journey!

Tom Beam said...

Enjoy the "Nepali Flat."

Belle Hoverman said...

Russ: This looks like Alpe d'Huez. Did you see Lance on his bike? You are truly amazing!

Amy said...

Cheers Russell. Your stamina never ceases to amaze me. I used one of your lines the other day "this too shall pass" and thought of you.

You're an inspiration to us all!
~amy johnson brotman