On I went, out of the wood, passing the man leading without knowing I was going to do so. Flip-flap, flip-flap, jog-trot, jog-trot, curnchslap-crunchslap, across the middle of a broad field again, rhythmically running in my greyhound effortless fashion, knowing I had won the race though it wasn't half over, won it if I wanted it, could go on for ten or fifteen or twenty miles if I had to and drop dead at the finish of it, which would be the same, in the end, as living an honest life like the governor wanted me to. -Alan Sillitoe, "Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner"

Friday, February 25, 2011

More emails I've exchanged this week

Because I am lazy, I am milking email exchanges into two blog posts this week.

This email exchange is between me and my little brother. I'm having trouble inserting a screenshot of the conversation itself, so you'll have to settle for me retyping the exchange. I've inserted pictures for your viewing enjoyment.

Me: So, I want to climb Kilimanjaro. Any chance you'd be game for it? Not this year - maybe not for a few years - but at some point. What do you think?

No Toto. Only giraffes.
Poochie: Would I be interested? As sure as Kilimanjaro rises like an Olympus above the Serengeti. But seriously, yes, I am somewhat interested. Would it involve "roughing it" or are there acceptable hotels in the region?

I can rough it like you would NOT believe.
Do you see any bathrooms in this photo? No?
That's because I was PEEING in the DESERT.
Yes, that's right.
Me: So, it's a "walkable" mountain, meaning that there's no technical climbing and old people can do it. BUT, the hiking of the mountain is a several day thing with camping involved. It can take from 5-8 days. The rest of the time in Africa/Tanzania will obviously involve hotels.

I'm also pretty okay with nice hotels, though.
Condoleeza Rice stayed here shortly after I did.
Poochie: Do we know if the camping would involve bugs the size of dogs?

Originally I googled "giant roach," but that was too gross for me.
Me: Bugs the size of dogs are a dealbreaker.

Man, I am just full of crazy ideas this week, I think that's the take home message. There's no chance any of you have climbed Kilimanjaro, is there? And does this make me more of an idiot? Also: was I bluffing about no giant bugs?


  1. You stole my plan of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro! ;) You should just go for it...at least in my opinion... ;)

    And 5-8 days? It only took Salomon's Kilian 1 day. For both the ascend and the descend. Okay...he did set a world record there, but still, you could beat the skinny Spanish guy! :)

  2. I did, and I can give you the name of a good company to use. Let me know what else you want to know ;)

  3. Josh and I totally want to climb Kilimanjaro! *But* I don't think it's quite as easy as a walkable mountain. A bloger I read just did it for her honeymoon...I'll get your links...

  4. LAL: I didn't know you'd climbed it, but I'm SO not surprised. I should have put that together. I'll email you so I can pass the links on to Kate. Kate, what do you think - can my brother and I go with you two? Group vacay?

  5. haha, you crack me up. Sadly, the one thing that stops me from doing adventurous vacations is my gigantic fear of bugs like that (hairy spiders especially....ughguhgu I shudder just thinking about it). Seriously, it's a problem.

  6. I love that your family is game for anything!

    What did you decide about the Flying Pig?

  7. No decision yet on the Pig. I think part of what's holding me back is that I set my PR there in 2003 - so I think I feel like when I go back, I need to be ready for it (in a way that I'm not now). But then again, when I'm ready to set another PR, why on earth wouldn't I choose a flat course??

  8. Brit at dukeshouse.wordpress.com just hiked Kilimanjaro this winter... I believe she'll be doing a post(s) about it soon!

  9. Oh, kick ass! I knew I wouldn't have to go that far outside of my social circle (well, blog reading circle) to find someone who'd done it.

  10. I reeeeeeeeeeeeally want to go to Africa, but my husband has no desire. Is that racist?

    Also: fuck that bug AND the horse it appears capable of skeletonizing.