Today proved to be a surprisingly pleasurable day for walking, reports Kyle – thank goodness! Amidst all the warnings of warmer days ahead, some clouds came to the rescue and shielded the walkers from the glaring Nijmegen summer sun; humidity was also a bit lower than yesterday. Maybe it helped a lot that Kyle belonged to the batch who started off at 5:15 a.m. and maybe it also helped that today’s route has always been his favorite route (where there are hills and wonderful mini-forests along the way). Or maybe it was because the organizers provided for more water stations in anticipation of a warmer day.
In any case, we are very happy to meet Kyle and Boyen at the finish line at around 1:40 in the afternoon today. Kyle is one of the 41,110 people who started off during Day 2 (making a total of 1,188 people falling out from the 1st day’s 42, 298 actual walkers). We eagerly await the official statistics for the 3rd day.
Tomorrow, again in anticipation of warmer weather, the organizers have moved the atarting time to 15 minutes earlier, so, we will strive to ensure that Kyle can really take-off at exactly 6:00 a.m.! Then we can expect him to cross the “Via Gladiola” anytime between 14:00 – 14:30.