Pope Francis

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TransRockies Quest 888 (Quest #8)

  • 6 months (May to October 2013)

  • 10 trail running, mountain biking, road running and road biking events

  • Completing over 888 race kilometres

Sunday was my final long run before I started to taper for the London Marathon on April 21st. The plan was to drive out 32km on Horse Creek Road then run back home. We've been having great weather the past couple of weeks and Sunday was no different. Members of the Cochrane Red Rocks Running Club; John, Joanne, Wayne, Roy and myself headed out at 8.00am. We drove up my old Marathon Quest 250 route, then on past Dartique Hall to the county line. The nice thing about this training run is that there's a 600 foot elevation drop from start to finish. We parked up and started the journey home.

On the way out we had spotted several herds of deer and on the way back there was an abundance of wild life. There were donkeys, horses, llamas and the highlight was a hawk that didn't seem to be bothered by us. A couple of strange sightings included a stuffed bunny and a chocolate egg in the middle of the road.

As we plodded along Horse Creek Road, the conversation switched back and forth between upcoming races, the types of nutrition that was being used and what Simon and Turbo were up to on Boundless. Another topic came up that had never been discussed before: Pope Francis. On Holy Thursday, the Pope had washed the feet of two women, one a Serbian Muslim, the other an Italian Catholic. This had upset traditionalist Catholics and had got our little running group talking.

I was brought up a good Catholic boy with mum take us six kids to church every Sunday. Over the years I've moved away from the pomp and ceremony of the church to a more spiritualist belief system. However, Pope Francis, with his simple life style and actions in helping the outcast, has renewed my interest in the Papacy.

So the timing couldn't have been better for a trip to Rome for Sue and I. We'll be there from April 3rd to 10th and I definitely want to go to St. Peter's Square on Sunday.

Pax Vobiscum.

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A magnificent bird of prey in the foothills of the Rockies


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