THE K2J VIRTUAL RUN ACROSS CANADA WEEK 7
On Monday April 27, 2020 K2J Fitness started to run across Canada in a virtual kind of way!
We ran the first 5000 km roughly following the route taken by Terry Fox in 1980. Sadly, he had to end his run in Thunder Bay but we continued on to Victoria. The entire run across Canada is 8180.81 km. We have now gone beyond that distance and we are traveling South to Cabo Hornos at the tip of South America.
We started the week in Lambayeque, Peru. We have traveled through Peru and into Chile to Humberstone Chile an abandoned ghost town. We are 21,443.78 km from St John's Newfoundland,
Humberstone is a mining town built in the middle of the desert to mine saltpeter which was used in fertilizer. Workers from Chile, Peru and Bolivia lived in harmony and forged a distinctive communal Pampinos culture. They had their own rich language, creativity, and solidarity, and, above all, they pioneered the struggle for social justice in Chile. The remote Pampas is one of the driest deserts on Earth, thousands of Pampinos lived and worked in this hostile environment for over 60 years, from 1880, to process the largest deposit of saltpeter in the world, producing the fertilizer sodium nitrate that transformed agricultural lands in North and South America, and in Europe, and produce great wealth for Chile.
During the great depression two German men, Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch developed the Haber-Bosh process which made it possible to synthesize ammonia using nitrogen and Hydrogen gas. They won a Nobel prize and saltpeter was no longer needed. By 1960 they whole town was empty. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Because it is in the dry desert it is very well preserved. The cornerstone is a theater so well preserved that when you sit it the seats you can imagine that the performance has just ended.
Just down the road we find La Tirana, where The Festival of la Tirana takes place. This celebration occurs to honor the Virgen del Carmen. It is the biggest localized religious event in Chile and attracts around 250,000 visitors to this tiny village of 1500 inhabitants. It is a 10-day festival of parades, costumes, dancing and prayer.
The origin of The Festival of La Tirana dates back to 1540, when an expedition led by the discoverer of Chile – Diego de Almagro, arrived in the area. They met an Incaican Princess named Huillac Humu, who due to her hostile attitude towards the Spaniards was known as La Tirana or the tyrant in English
She fell in love with one of her Spanish captives named Almeyda and wanted to marry him and become a Christian. Her community was so outraged that they killed both the princess and her lover.