After a couple of good nights sleep I'm starting to feel a little more normal again, and can reflect on an awesome race.
It was tough, on our bodies minds and towards the end our supporters. Oops, sorry about that. We didn't want to deviate from the course prescribed by the maps (and shown as a brown line to all of you via tracking), and we just couldn't find the trails that we needed to string together to match that line. In the end we waited for daylight and set about 'knocking the bugger off'.
I've got a few sore bits, mainly blisters and bruises. I've lost a heap of weight due to a case of diarrhoea for days 2 and 3 where I had to avoid eating in order to avoid shitting. So I lasted on a few brave moments where I gobbled a jelly snake or glucose tablet. My wonderful team looked after me well, they are marvellous.
We slept 2, 3, 3, 2, 1 and 45mins for each of the days of the race, which is pushing the boundaries, but I guess that's what we do.
For me the most memorable moments of the race don't come from the course, but from the supporters. We had people all over South Dakota cheering us on from their pickups as they drove by, from their front lawns as we passed their houses, from out on the trails, from wherever we met them. On the final ride around Rapid City we rode up a steep winding hill and there were chalk drawings on the pavement spelling 'Come on Orion' and even a picture of our star logo. It was fantastic.
Looking at comments on our website, the PQ website and Sleepmonsters, we've had a lot of support from people all over the world. We all feel very lucky.
I wish we could thank you all individually, but here's a BIG THANKS to you all, your support will always be cherished.
Check out the Blog for messages from the rest of the team.