The day started wet and cold. After a rather impressive tempest during the night and a particularly unimpressive leaking tent, the nurse contingent of Medic 1 began the day in not too good a condition.
We have spent the day roaming the countryside travelling from horse station to horse station, making our way along the race route, keeping ourselves equally spread along the line to ensure medical cover for the riders.
The weather today has been bleak to say the least; rain, slate skies and turbulent winds against the vast and dramatic Mongolian countryside.
Our driver is in stark contrast to the driver I had last year whilst covering the race. Today, we have raced from station to station at quite a lick. We have deliberately held back at the stations as we can’t slow him down once he gets going. This is reassuring for when we get an SOS call.
Medic 2 was dispatched to an SOS call earlier today. Our trusty paramedic raced to the scene and dealt with the situation in true professional panache. The rider is now safe and warm, but unfortunately the rider is now out of the race. I think the riders have done
amazingly well to get this far with only one rider out.
We are now settled in a ger after having a lovely noodle dish and a lovely chat with the three riders who have made it this far. Hopefully, the weather will be kinder to us tonight.