To our luck one of the local cars that stopped to see why 3 lunatics were running through Mikumi National Park happened to be a park ranger and an Italian researcher on contract studies who, after hearing about our project, enthusiastically invited us to stay with her and her research partner inside the park grounds. So last night we all enjoyed the comfort of a bed and a roof (coincidentally on the one night in the past 4 months with a freak rainstorm!).

This morning we set out just after dawn to finish the last 20 km in the park where we crossed paths with a family of elephants and a trio of giraffes, who happened to be grazing just behind the “Caution: Giraffes” sign. It was Day 1 of our last week!! This time next Monday we’ll be celebrating a continent complete!! So from now until then we’ll be running every day: 40, 40, 40, 25, 40, 40, 25. It’ll be a busy (with my dad joining us too), fast and adrenalin-fueled week!



10 Responses to ““caution:giraffes””

  1. Frank Slabbert Says:

    I’m going to miss your reports once you have finished the great run!

    All the best for the remaining week.

    Are you going to publish something later?


  2. you guys & gals are amazing!! I’m cousin Lydia’s husband, and we are proud to know you!! God be with you!! keep on runnin!

  3. Aunt Melinda Says:

    Hello from Missouri!
    I was able to use your blog in a 5th grade class yesterday. They had been practicing vocabulary on FreeRice.com which sends grains of rice for correct vocab choices. One of the students asked if it was real rice and how did it get to Africa? So we checked out the World food organization and then I went to your blog with the video on the schools. Our students had a hard time understanding why $400 was so hard to get. Most of them had at least that much in their bank accounts and they’re only 10. I will continue to try to connect to your blog and information for our students. The challenge you have taken on will “live” past the actual event, not just in your memories but in the impact that your team has made and will make by following your desire to help others!

  4. Martin, Lorna & Ste-V Says:

    Congratulations and good luck on your final week of runs! You’ve been in our thoughts all summer and our “See Them Run” shirts sparked interest wherever we traveled. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

  5. Renee Kuyvenhoven Says:

    Hey team,
    Just wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts daily. Every day i eagerly check the blog to see if there is a new post…I love hearing about how you are doing and watching the videos is fantastic. You’re so close to be ing done…what an amazing accomplishment! Everyone is so proud. It will be wonderful to have you all back home…take care and enjoy those last few runs.

  6. Scott McKay Says:

    Thank you for taking on this incredible challenge. So many of us have enjoyed reading about your run and the ups and downs ( pun intended) along the way. May your last few days of running be particularly blessed. Scott McKay
    PS When you are done try and write ( or dictate) your memories down ASAP for one forgets quickly…

  7. wow such an awesome thing about having a bed to sleep in!! i cannot believe you guys are almost done. i am SOO stoked for you. you are almost there!!!! wooo hoo!!!!

  8. Hey Guys,
    Wow, the beginning of your last week. It is so amazing! I will keep praying that this last bit goes splendidly with no injuries and lots of energy:)
    Erin, love you lots and cannot believe I am not going to see you when you get back…I so wish I could hear all your stories in person, but I suppose e-mail and skype will have to suffice. God is so good and so faithful eh? You are almost done what many thought was impossible:)

  9. ali tiemstra Says:

    Reuben ,Erin and Crew The countdown begins,and thinking back to even before you all started ,it dawned on me that Hebrews 12:1b ,2 is very apprpriate for you…. “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross….” By the time you get this, hopefully your Dad will have arrived safely Reuben. We have had a ton of fun with your Mom. We continue to keep you all in our prayers. Love Aunt Ali

  10. Ingrid Huizing Says:

    Hey Reuben,
    What a treat to hear your voice this morning!! We heard you on line from the station in Victoria. Marcel was so thrilled to recognize your voice. It was a great interview. Well done!!
    One more week to go. Run baby run. Love you,
    Tante Ink

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