Wednesday, June 27, 2012
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I just took two weeks off, but I'm taking one last day off this Friday to start what will likely be my last adventure in Kenya. I'm probably leaving Kenya August 11, and I can easily foresee working every weekend from now until then. So I'm riding my motorcycle half way across Kenya and back to run the Lewa Marathon. The website for the race blows pretty hard (I can't find a start time, info on bib pick-up, or a map), but apparently the race is very well managed and has been going for a decade. It's in a big game reserve, so there are armed guards to protect you from game. I do know the race is a fundraiser for the Lewa conservatory and Tusk Trust (the latter of which you might have heard of if you were British, apparently the royal family guys dig it.) My housemate Miles and I are both running. Our fundraising page is here. Many thanks to those who have contributed.
I'm not hoping for much in the race. Getting there, finishing, and getting back in one piece is all I care about. (Though obviously I will demand my money back if I don't get charged by a rhino.) It was 310 km one-way from Busia to Lake Baringo last year, this is going to be 419 or more. I'm actually hoping to leave Thursday afternoon to make Friday a little less crazy.
Sunday, June 24, 2012
In awesome news, I went on vacation. I picked up GF in Nairobi, we hiked around the Ngong Hills, went on a boat ride and a donkey ride in Lamu, reached the hikers' summit of Mt. Kenya, did a game drive in Samburu NP, hiked Mt. Longonot, went running and horseback riding through game at Sanctuary Farm and Crescent Island on Lake Naivasha, and walked around the old port in Kisumu. Then GF hung out with me in Kakamega for a week. We visited the forest yesterday and now she's gone. Life sucks, but at least you get the photos now.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
The recent book about him: http://www.amazon.com/The-Man-Who-Quit-Money/dp/1594485690/
The Details article that made him well known: http://www.details.com/culture-trends/career-and-money/200907/meet-the-man-who-lives-on-zero-dollars?printable=true
His website: https://sites.google.com/site/livingwithoutmoney/
His blog: http://www.zerocurrency.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
My housemate and coworker and I are running the Lewa Marathon in two weeks. The race is a fundraiser for conservation. Rhinocerouses are almost as cool as triceratopses, and this is a refuge for the nearly extinct black rhino. Chip in a few bucks for them?
Monday, June 11, 2012
Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Sadness. The governor of Wisconsin keeps his job and the race director who got me into ultras (and is originally from Wisconsin) closes up her business. Even from Kenya or the east coast, I will sorely miss PCTR. I ran my first ultra with them in late '05 or early '06, and the majority of my races have been with them. I'll never get to beat 5 hours in any of their 50k's.