May 27, 2016 Live from the road

Montezuma Creek - Tsegi

Reported by Akbota Jumabayeva, Oliveria Lopez, Rupasi Young 89.0 mi

Everyone on the team had an early start today so we could experience the sunrise in the Valley of the Gods. 4am is well worth it to see what nature had in mind for us.

The women's team climbed up as high as possible and stayed among these giants well after sunrise.

The missing letter here could easily be an F instead of an R.

The men's team met a pilgrim with a common goal biking across America.

After finishing their miles for the day, the men's team went for a visit to Monument Valley. The Visitors Center provided as much fun as the Valley did grandeur.

Where's my hat? Oliveria was asking...

The women's team made their first visit of the day with The San Juan Foundation. We were so grateful to receive such a warm welcome from the Navajo Nation. We met at the Monument Valley High School and were joined by students of all ages.

Thank you to Lisa Carr for your kind invitation and thank you Rose for greeting us and welcoming us so warmly.

Larry Holiday offered us the following prayer when he greeted us. "`Ya'aht'eeh. Ahee'lee ka'ni gha not waig hi gi Diyin Nit holoo dooleet." Hello. You are with us here on the Navajo Reservation. You are blessed by the Creator and Holy People. North, South, East, West. You are protected from all sides within the Navajo Nation.

Let the running begin!

Enthusiasm and a smile can carry anyone as far as they want to go.

Oliveria and Saranyu enjoying the company of some happy young people.

Peace in the still moments

And in the active ones.

Akbota learns to walk in the Navajo Way.


Within Monument Valley peace reigns.

Torch carried by
Akbota Jumabayeva (Kazakhstan), Ashirvad Zaiantchick (Brazil), Atul Arora (India), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Homagni Baptista (Australia), Natabara Rollosson (United States), Oliveria Lopez (France), Pierre Lantuas (France), Puroga Theobald (Hungary), Rupasi Young (United States), Sarankhuu Jargal (Mongolia), Saranyu Pearson (Australia), Tavishi Matthews (Australia).  
Akbota Jumabayeva, Harita Davies, Oliveria Lopez, Pierre Lantuas, Puroga Theobald, Rupasi Young, Sarankhuu Jargal
The torch has travelled 89.0 mi from Montezuma Creek to Tsegi.

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