máj 27, 2024 Live from the road

Bluff, UT - Monument Valley, UT

Reported by Erdenetsetseg Gankhuu, Harita Davies 73.0 mi

Thank you, Desert Rose Inn, for the complimentary hosting of our men's team! Your outstanding hospitality was much appreciated.

Thank you, La Posada Pintada Boutique Inn, for hosting our women's team! Your location was truly precious, and the hospitality was unforgettable. We deeply appreciate your kindness and exceptional service.

Before sunrise, the team found a peaceful moment in the Valley of the Gods.

At dawn in the Valley of the Gods, the moon and sun meet briefly, creating a beautiful blend of night and day.

Can you spot our Peace Run vehicles in this picture? Completely dwarfed by Mother Natures magnanimity.

Some of us were discovering their inner native souls.

Early birds are ready to fly around the deserts of Utah today.

Philippe from France was delighted to begin his day with the whole team.

All we could see was endless peaceful desert.

The famous Forrest Gump Hill starts here.  Run, Pransukh, Run!

Shen and Yu Ying from China joined our Forrest Gump Hill Run.

Our good friend and long time past Arizona Peace Run Coordinator, Haryaksha, paid us a surprise visit! He bought us some treats and enthusiastically cheered us on ;)

Karen and Mark from Australia

April and Bruce, a friendly couple from St.George.

A group of Polish friends were patiently waiting for our runner on the road, Enjoy your journey!

We were extremely blessed to be welcomed to attend the Memorial Day observation of the Navajo Nation and extend our gratitude greetings to the local veterans of past wars.

Significant numbers of Navajo Soldiers have served in the US Army over the years and continue to. They are most well known for their legendary Code Talkers, who used their indigenous language to create an unbreakable code to transmit sensitive information in the Pacific during WWII. Historians credit the Code Talkers with saving thousands of lives and helping the Allies win the War.   Interestingly, Native Americans continue to serve in the US Army at a higher rate than any other demographic in the country.

These local women offered deeply heart-felt peace prayers to our torch and shared with us some of their personal and tragic stories of loss and living with loved ones returning home from service.

Nathan, a proud Native American from Monument Valley, embraced holding our Peace Torch.

We made many sweet new friends.

Back out on the road, we met many people selling beautiful traditional Navajo jewelry and gifts.

If it does not rain and it is scorching, we create our own rain to stay hydrated.

All wet for a moment before drying out.

It was another experience to try Navajo Nation's special fry bread for the first time.

Twyla, the owner of the fry bread place, promised to join us on our run next time.

We enjoyed a friendly conversation with our friends Anne and Pete Davis from Navajo Nation.

We all finally arrived at Tipi Village, Monument Valley, our charming home in this sacred valley for the night.

Dinner time!

Colombian grilled corn by Jorge at our desert camping site.

The evening beauty of Monument Valley filled us with peace and tranquility.

Nature's beauty helps us  To be as vast as possible, As peaceful as possible And as pure as possible. -Sri Chinmoy

Torch carried by
Anna Stepanova (Ukraine), Erdenetsetseg Gankhuu (Mongolia), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Homagni Baptista (Australia), Jagadhata Amrhien (United States), Jorge Patino (Colombia), Jozsef Dicso (Hungary), Marina Pak (Russia), Pransukh Marks (United States), Puroga Theobald (Hungary), Roxana Magdici (Romania), Salil Wilson (Australia), Victoria Aguila (United States).  
Erdenetsetseg Gankhuu, Harita Davies, Homagni Baptista, Victoria Aguila
The torch has travelled 73.0 mi from Bluff, UT to Monument Valley, UT.

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