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NICARAGUA DAILY LOG

I crossed into Nicaragua on Tuesday. Here is my planned route. Please click HERE  for map and details.

Oct 19th total to date is 12,798.5 km = 7,952 miles in 290 road days.

Oct 18th 2011. From Las Hormiga, Honduras I ran 13km to the frontier, crossed into Nicaragua. $12 visa at the border. Here route CA-03 started at km 205 so I ran to km 180 for 38km today. Pastor Martin stopped me at his church ” Finca Belen ” which is under construction and invited me to stay the night. Today I managed to run comfortably with my pack and did not need to commute.

Oct 19th 2011. From Finca Belen at km 180 to km 140 Villa Santa Catalina. Today as everyday for the last 3 weeks more torrential rain. This storm is raging all the way thru Central America and has devastated many communities in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras,Nicaragua and Costa Rica killing hundreds. I understand in Honduras 140,000 people have been displaced from their homes. The road today was partially flooded in places and at one stage there were also 1 meter deep potholes with a huge boulder on each side (in the middle of the road!) to warn motorists.

Brenda invited me to her family home for the night but soon after Kelly, Jackson and many other American volunteers from the Amigos For Christ organisation arrived and invited me to stay in their compound where I was fed,washed (saw my first mirror in 2 countries!) laundered and a bed for the night by these wonderful people. They are rebuilding whole communities, helping the poor. They also have some doctors that are treating and performing operations on many sick locals. Padre Martin stopped me today as he was transporting roofing tiles to his church in his tractor trailer. He gave me coffee and his hat when he heard I lost mine. I have a bit of a foot swelling problem going on at the moment and have been told it could be due to water friction. I MAY ease back in the next day or two :(

40km today. I ran all the way with my pack today. I am enjoying the purist way to journey run. Sorry the daily log has turned into a bit of a diary, I will try to catch up on the last 3 countries also! A bit dis-jointed for now. I am about 8km north of Chinadenga and commuted here with the volunteers.

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5 Responses to “NICARAGUA DAILY LOG”

  1. Ann Says:

    You really are getting washed away with all that rain. Mind that swelling and continue to enjoy. Ann :)

  2. Mam Says:

    Hi Tony,

    Congratulations on your eight country, Nicaragua. Weather still very bad for you. Mind that foot as you would tell me if I have a problem, “Get it sorted” You are brillant and doing so well. Someone up there is looking after you. t.g. Delighted to get your text message and know you are ok. Love Mam :)

  3. tony Says:

    Ta Ma! Taking rest day today am in good company and enjoying lots of peanut butter and coffee and no rain lashing against my head or feet today :) Its like the rain in Ireland for 8 of the 9 days at the start of my run when I destroyed a camera,ipod and phone.. Here I only lost a camera with the soaking and its not a cold rain! Tony

  4. Greg Havely Says:

    Hey Tony–coming up on one year out—-just a few more days. Sorry to hear there is so much rain—better then heat –but still, not fun to run in all day. Take care of your foot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!—You have a long way to go!!!–Glad you got the camera thing sorted out–sorry to hear the other one took a bath, but at least you have another to chronicle the journey/run—–OK–good running my friend!!!
    Greg

  5. jerome bennett Says:

    Hi Tony.Sloppy snow here tonight,thinking about you.

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I have always considered myself to be an average runner. In school, I was even bullied for I was a sports wimp. Through hard work, dedication, perseverance, self-belief and a strong mind I succeeded in not only running around the world but breaking four ultra running world records during my competitive career. Having previously cycled around the world I didn't start running until I was almost 30. Then I had a dream of running around the world. For many reasons, I waited for over 20 years. One reason was to establish my pedigree as an endurance athlete. I started and finished my world run as the current World Record-Holder for 48 Hours Indoor Track 426 kilometres (265 miles), a record I have held since 2007. I also broke and still hold the World Record for 48 hours on a Treadmill 405 kilometres (251 miles) in 2008. When I retired from competition, more pleasing than any of my world, European or Irish records I had the respect of my fellow athletes from all over the world - in my opinion, sports greatest reward - an achievement I am most proud of. Then I finally put myself out to pasture, to live my ultimate dream to run around the world! This blog was written on the road while I struggled to find places to sleep and to recover from running an average of 43.3 kilometres or 27 miles per day for 1,165 road days. There were many nights I typed this blog on a smart phone, so fatigued my eyes closed. Many journalists and endurance athletes have referred to my world run as the most difficult endurance challenge ever attempted. During my expedition I rarely had any support vehicles, running mostly with a backpack. In the more desolate areas I pushed my gear, food and water in a cart which I called Nirvana, then I sent her on ahead to run with my backpack once again over altitudes of almost 5,000 metres in the Andes. I stayed in remote villages where many people had never seen a white person before. I literally met the most wonderful people of this world in their own backyard and share many of those amazing experiences in this blog. My run around the world took 4 years. There were no short cuts, I ran every single metre on the road while seeking out the most comprehensive route across 41 countries, 5 continents, I used 50 pair of running shoes and my final footstep of the run was exactly 50,000 kilometres, (almost 31,000 miles) I eventually finished this tongue in cheek named world jog where I started, at the finish line of my city marathon. I started my global run with the Dublin Marathon on October 25th 2010 and finished with the Dublin Marathon on October 27th 2014 at 3 05pm! Thank you for your support, I hope you can share my unique way of seeing the world, the ultimate endurance challenge! Read more...

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