Two years of dreaming, planning,praying, sweating, and it all comes down to this. This will be our last state-side blog post until we return at the end of September. Our phones have been blowing up with good-byes and well wishes. Our base of support (which extends all over the country) will be a tremendous source of strength.
We fly from Chicago to Beijing today and tomorrow. Tomorrow night we have an overnight stay in Beijing (hope they have a Panda Express). On July 15th we fly into UB. After a day or two of visiting the orphans and registering with the U.S. consulate, we will take another plane out to the far western border town of Olgii where I dramatically transform into Forest Gump and start running.
Some of you have asked about my ankle injury (see previous blog post) I sustained last week. The bad news is, it is the worst foot injury I have ever had. It had been very tender, and swollen. The good news is, It’s doing much better! I have been alternating heat and cold for the past week. I haven’t run much, but I have been eating A LOT. I would like to have put on an extra 10+ pounds but I only managed to gain 6 lbs. Over the course of 2 months I’ll probaly lose more than 20lbs, which for me is no bueno.
Brian farm is Coming with us! they will document the journey and produce a film about the odyssey. Don’t rush to Netflix anytime soon. It will probably be at least 14-16 months before you can start the popcorn.
Thank you everyone for all your support, prayers, and love. See you on the other side! check our daily progress at acrossmongolia.com