United States 15 May: Chama, NM - Pagosa Springs, CO

A very scenic part of the country

Our women's team stayed in the Chama River Bend Lodge and it couldn't have been better- A big thank you for the great stay, and particularly to Julio, pictured with the torch- the natural setting there is awesome!

The men's team stayed at the Branding Iron Motel. Thanks to owners Jane and Richard for looking after the runners in their cozy place. Richard is Australian so the Aussie runners liked chatting with him!

Before we hit the road, we met a very nice couple, Tim and Elisabeth, who are also on the road in their RV and who were inspired by the message of the Peace Run.

This part of the USA is truly gorgeous and everybody thoroughly enjoyed running in such a wonderful natural setting (hence so many pictures of the runners :) )

Being in Colorado, we have to have a video of our run as well! So we took some live footage of a 2-mile run from a runner's perspective condensed into a 15-sec video which will be part of our treasured archive.

All people need peace - whether we are at work, home, on the road or just passing by. By passing the torch, we remind ourselves that the real peace begins in the heart of every individual (wherever you may be :) )

Of course, being in a peaceful nature, that does help to feel peace immediately.

This is how the preparation of our lunch for the whole team looked. We want to make sure everybody stays strong and healthy!

We met this wonderful couple from Manchester, England, who were travelling around North America in an RV for 12 months!

When we were almost at the end of our run, guess what.... The battery started losing power and it seemed likely we were in need of a new alternator, so we pulled over on the side of the road...

So what do you when you are in the middle of nowhere and have no cell network? We didn't even have to ask this question because the second we pulled over, we were sent a rescue angel called Johnny, a local FED EX driver who knew exactly what needed to be done. He gave us a jump start, accompanied us in his vehicle to an area with network signal and called a car repair service to tow the car.

Buckskin towing and repairs to the rescue!!

We continued to enjoy the views from the car window. No wonder many people say that this is one of the most scenic parts of the country.

Yes, a new alternator is needed- but how do you get the old one out?

While the car was being repaired, we had a chance to meet some really nice people. One of them was Jessica Kissel, who used to be a professional bike competitor. After she started to have some injuries, she was looking for a way to heal them and discovered a method how to heal chronic injuries. She was having a seminar later that day promoting her new book based on alignment strategies for healing and performance called "Winning the injury game". She was so generous she gave us a copy- thank you Jessica!!

After a very eventful day, we were thrilled to be able to go the hot springs in the town of Pagosa Springs. It does look like a fairy tale scenery - and we can assure you that the experience in various pools of different temperatures was even better!

At the hot springs we met Deirdre, a wonderful woman who also wrote a book- hers is about healing chronic pain through a wholefood plant-based diet.
We wish everybody to stay healthy and safe, and above all, feel the peace and happiness inside their heart at every moment of their lives.

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