Adventure Racing 32:00:00 
Stage #2 of the CARA race. We finished the maps the night before, and I'll be honest I was sacred stiff about this race. The trek was 42K+ and consisted of a checkpoint in the middle of the course, followed by another one really close by and then no other checkpoints until you came to the TA. The river paddle was longer then anything we'd done before as well, I knew if we could get out of the paddle then we could do this race (little did I know we'd never get to the paddle).
The race start was pretty crazy we're out in the middle of this open area and the sun is beating down already. There's a few film crews there including CBC interviewing all the fast teams and I'm just staring at the maps to make sure we don't make any mistakes.
Race starts, we jog down the road followed by the trail and head into the bush to CP1. The bush is crazy tough really thick everywhere and no breaks at all. We move slow as we'd come to learn we would be after the sprint, but we progress. Thunderstorm hits, but we keep going. We hit the trail we were looking for, speed walk and run the down hills. We're not fast, but we're progressing. Jump into the bush again, and we're off to the trail for CP 1. We get there around 10 pm and then have hook up the 3 person tow line and we climb to Ontarios highest peak. We arrived there some time around midnight to meet up with the Endurance Junkies. Apparently we just missed Adidas Canada and Subaru Canada.
Down the side of the hill and off to CP 2. We find this with only a bit of confusion at a huge swamp right before the river. We come into CP 2 and Adidas is sleeping there. Nigel is having problems so they're bedding down for the night before they decide what to do. Mistake #1, we should have caught some sleep here instead we push on. Day 2 comes and we're moving slower. I'm exhausted from leading the whole way because the bush is so tough. I ask Tyson to lead and this really helps me get some energy back because he's breaking trail. Then the wheels fall off the bus. First Sophia starts feeling light headed. We give her some salt and food and sit for a bit to make her rest. After a few minutes she feels better and has calmed down, so we continue on. We slowing down though because we're tired.
A few hours later Tyson tells us we'd better watch him because he doesn't feel well. Sophia also tells us she's over heating and isn't feeling good. We really slow down and have to talk to Tyson constantly to keep him moving (Sophia was awesome here to make sure Tyson just kept walking and didn't fall off). We probably covered the final 4 k in 8 hours. My feet were chewed up just aweful, Tyson was really out of it and Sophia had lost her bug net. I hand her my bug net because she's bleeding from all the bug bites. Finally we're out of the woods after 32 hours.
So what happens next.....
Well they're pretty sure Tyson has an infection of some kind and needs to go to the hospital in the morning. My face swelled up so much that the term elephant man was used more then once. Sophia spends some time in the ambulance getting various things taken care of. We sleep for 5 hours, and then are told that Tyson can't go on. After talking about it a bit more I have to admit I also can't handle walking any of the portages (next stage had 6 k of portages) so we make the decision as a team that we're going to drop out here.
After the race it turns out that only 5 teams still continued from here as a ranked team. 2 others continued on unranked.