I quickly pump up the tyres of my bike and ride more quickly through
the woods with the sunshine in my back and the evening birds
chirping. My destination is the Sri Chinmoy peace mile.
When I arrive at the race course they are about to start. I jump off
the bike, take my place in the 'crowd' and jokingly say to the
waiting runners, "Ready!" Then we are off - a small group of six
runners and a photographer. But one of the runners on todays' race
is? Yes! Non other than Arpan from New York.
As quickly as we can we run two miles and afterwards the men are
inspired to take pictures near the plaque of the peace mile that was
inaugurated in 1986 by Sri Chinmoy.
It turnes out that there are three photographers present and they are
enthusiastic to take picture after picture. Arpan is running over to
a place that recently was inaugurated as another special street.
Narmada and I are playing with Hutashan's nordic walking sticks and
making fun of them. Narmada is such a good actor. I think I have not
been laughing so heartily since a while. Poor Hutashan who is a very
good and enthusiastic runner had one of his foots broken and now
starts slowly walking using these funny sticks.
Here are some pictures from the race on my German blog:
More pictures are being taken and Arpan shows us pictures from the
6/10 day race in New York on his iPod.
See also Utpal's blog:
Among many pictures their are a few from a friend of his who is in a
hospital in New York - our dear Dharmaja. Arpan tells us that a nurse
who is working at the hospital brought a gift for Dharmaja from Nepal
especially for him. Dharmaja is doing better. Arpan tells us proudly
that he can eat an apple and we see pictures of Dharmaja's with an
apple in his mouth - it looks so funny - the eternal joker Dharmaja.
But inwardly I am moved by seeing him.
Arpan finds out that I am Doris and encourages me to continue writing
in the inspiration site.
Tomorrow at 12 o'clock Arpan will be standing among many other
runners at the starting line of the 24 hour race in Basel,
Switzerland. We wish him all good luck and a happy running journey.