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Fellow Loopsters,

I heard there was some sort of Loop comeback for Thanksgiving – and so here I am. Plus, Garbanzo’s threats in case of non-compliance are nothing to joke about. Blame it on his scary hirsute looks of late, I’m not taking any chances on upsetting him.

But… how do you condense more than two years of absence in a format that’s vaguely interesting enough not to bore every reader to death?And that can be also enjoyed by analphabets worldwide? “Stuff yer bloop with pictures!” I hear you cry. 

So be it, that’s what I’m going to do, while keeping verbiage to a minimum. This also minimizes chances of any English language mistakes and ensuing jeers directed at the quirky European:

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Swiss Alps, Sep. 2018. Here he is - warts and all. Apparently, he likes eating.

 

My latest bloop is from September 2017, I think. Since then, nothing too exciting has happened on the running front. If tortured, I would admit to (very slowly) completing a couple of really long races: a 200+ mile trail race in Switzerland last year; a race called Swiss Peaks, as beautiful as it is technical - it took me 5 days, 22 hours, 2 knees and at least 8 lbs. of raclette cheese to complete it. It was totally worth it, though. That  hot raclette was to die for. Here are some other piccies - space fillers, nothing more.

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IMG_1565.thumb.jpg.23e3952968d8c19dff42753cda4e000a.jpgA friendly Swiss mountain dweller.

IMG_1604.thumb.jpg.3fd2efce58ad73c09b50b5eb928f37bc.jpgAnother trail running day in Mordor.

IMG_1634.thumb.jpg.1ca00467de688df1c164e692ec0bbe51.jpgFinishing a 360km mountain race will do this to ya. You've been warned.

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This year, instead, I decided to do the infamous Ronda dels Cims (Catalan for "Tour of the Peaks") in Andorra, a tiny country  in the Pyrenees, wedged between France and Spain.This was a 105-ish miles effort (albeit with an elevation gain and an average trail technicity I wouldn't shake a lightsaber at), and this time I only spent two sleepless nights to finish it. Good enough for the usual anonymous ranking, well behind ageing runners. But the place was wonderful - and so was the food.

IMG_4242.thumb.jpg.ca468ce51f617bb04747e494bb12635c.jpgWatermelon is the way to go when everything else fails.

3ffb1a20-7273-4f21-9f8c-fa2937e04094.thumb.jpg.83fa28eb790b9e5dfee91954625a11d8.jpgSweet, unforgettable, undersized finish line beer.

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In September I DNF'd another attempt at the Swiss Peaks, but I'm totally ok with it. I suppose it's quite optimistic to tackle both a 105 and a 220-miler in the same summer at my age.

I can't really tell you any more running-related stuff which would remotely interest you guys. I've had my share of small injuries, but luckily nothing too serious. The last few weeks have been rain-soaked and I've been trying to run nonetheless. I honestly can't remember a November this rainy, and I'm 50 now. Hopefully December will be better!

Bloop ya later - and happy Thanksgiving to my US friends!

Moose

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That's a reasonable two-year catch up post. 50 and living the dream.

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i wasn't familiar with "hirsute," so I was relieved when google replied "What do Santa, Bigfoot and unicorns have in common?" At least I'm in good company.

All those spectacular scenery shots, and I'm mostly smitten with you and the watermelon.

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1 hour ago, garbanzo a gogo said:

i wasn ' t familiar with " hirsute," so I was relieved when google replied "What do Santa, Bigfoot and unicorns have in common?" At least I'm in good company.

All those spectacular scenery shots, and I'm mostly smitten with you and the watermelon.

I can't wait for next summer to have some more!

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On 11/25/2019 at 3:19 PM, garbanzo a gogo said:

 

All those spectacular scenery shots, and I'm mostly smitten with you and the watermelon.

That's cocomero, to a Moose.

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It was worth logging in to see the pictures.  I bet I've seen them on your IG posts but still love to see them over and over and over... I must come visit soon.......🥰

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Nice recap.  I'm assuming you don't take for granted the beautiful environment in which you run.  It's really gorgeous there.  360km is serious bad ass distance! 

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On 11/27/2019 at 3:19 PM, TreeGirl said:

It was worth logging in to see the pictures.  I bet I've seen them on your IG posts but still love to see them over and over and over... I must come visit soon.......🥰

Yes you must!!!

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On 11/29/2019 at 7:16 PM, Apple Pie said:

Nice recap.  I'm assuming you don't take for granted the beautiful environment in which you run.  It's really gorgeous there.  360km is serious bad ass distance! 

I definitely don't... :D

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