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u/vernazza's unnecessarily long guide to Budapest

Free 30+ page travel guide about Budapest, Hungary and bits of Central Europe. Enjoy!
Information correct as of summer 2020. If you find anything incorrect or would like to make requests, suggestions (or just want to say hi), please do that here! You should also drop by in /budapest to see past questions and to get advice from multiple people.
I would also greatly appreciate your post-trip feedbacks about whether my recommendations worked out for you or not! Restaurants, clubs can undergo radical changes and it's not always possible to keep track of every single one.
The local charity I support is the Hungarian Food Bank Association. For every €1 donated they are able to save €30 worth of perishable food and have it reach underprivileged Hungarian families. If you find this guide useful, please consider donating to them!
Some links use URL-shorteners, so I could track how many of you are using this guide. Nothing fishy waiting for you behind them.
See my suggestions in the comments below about:
===CORONA RESTRICTIONS===
The situation is subject to change momentarily, this information is current as of September 2020. Eastern Europe as a whole has largely been spared from the worst of it, including Hungary, and the risk of transmission is low.
Presently foreigners are banned from entry altogether. Exceptions are in place for people with ties to the country (family members, studies, work, those holding residence permits), and people transiting by car on designated highways.
The situation will be revised monthly, with experts saying the second peak is expected for December-January.
In the country, you need to wear a mask on public transport, inside shops, malls, cinemas, museums. You don't need to wear them inside restaurants, cafes, bars, but they must close by 23.00. Social distancing rules are in place, but largely ignored.
===END OF CORONA RESTRICTIONS===
Hungary has a continental climate with 4 seasons. Summer is the main season, a slightly less busy time to visit is April to mid-June and September to October, but the weather is less predictable. Those uncomfortable with 30+C (>85F) temperatures should visit around then as 35+C (>95F) is not uncommon in the summer. November through March has -5 to 10 (20-50F) and possibly gloomier weather – but fewer tourists.
Currency: the Hungarian Forint (HUF, Ft). Fair exchange rates for Euros is around 330-335Fts, for US Dollars around 300. Only use currency exchanges where the buy/sell spread isn't greater than 5-6Fts for these two currencies!
Citizens of 62 countries do not require a visa to enter the Schengen Area and can stay for maximum 90 days within a rolling 180-day window. See here if you don’t know what that entails. EU member countries that are not members of the Schengen Area are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland, Romania, and the United Kingdom, visits to these do not count toward your 90 days. Non-EU countries part of the Schengen Area are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, visits to these do count toward the cap.
Because we both know you want to do your own research, use:
See the city in 4K, or with Rick Steves.
However nothing beats having a physical guidebook in your hand! Lonely Planet has the best and most recent issue.
Read up on the concept of coconut and peach cultures, as sometimes the reserved and distant behaviour of locals can be misinterpreted by ‘peach’ visitors as rudeness – nope!
This is a comprehensive itinerary, but leaves out the best museum of the city: the House of Terror, a solemn museum of the Nazi and Soviet occupation and crackdowns (get the audio guide or be prepared to peruse dozens of pamphlets). There's an attendance limit, so you might need to wait up to 30-45 minutes to get in when it's the busiest. When you are around Deák Ferenc tér, drop by in the Tourinform office (Sütő utca 2., the small street near the church) to stock up on free maps, printed guides of the city. WeLoveBudapest prints a comprehensive and free one every year around June.
I suggest 4 full days to discover Budapest, or 3 faster paced ones. Make it 5-7 if you'd like to make a few daytrips (Szentendre - open-air ethnographic museum, cobblestoned, quaint center, Esztergom - Central Europe's largest cathedral and religious center, Visegrád - medieval castle, Eger - medieval castle and wine region). Most of Hungary’s highlights can be visited in 2 weeks. For more details on countryside and international trips, see my comment below.
Meal times and habits are typical to central Europe: breakfast is usually done at home, not much of a culture of eating out in the morning. But a large number of new wave breakfast places have popped up in the past years, which offer ample opportunities for visitors, normally from 8am. Lunch is at midday, after 1pm most places are going to be fairly empty and many will stop serving lunch after 2pm. The standard time for dinner is 7pm, bookings for later than 8pm are unusual. Lots of restaurant kitchens close at 10pm (with the restaurant following suit 30-60 minutes later), finding a meal after that hour is challenging for anything other than street food.
Baths
Gellért is the most aesthetic, Széchenyi the largest and most popular among foreigners (Sparty can get crazy with lots of drinking, puking and sex going on in the pools, but it is wildly overpriced and 100% aimed at visitors). Rudas is a Turkish hamam with swimwear optional, single-gender weekdays (women-only on Tuesdays, coed and swimwear-mandatory on the weekend). Lukács is plain and personally I’m not a fan of it – tourists only visit it because it’s included free with the Budapest Card. For more details on the baths, see this.
For off the beaten path sights, ride the D11 or D12 public boat lines for a cheap alternative to paid cruises (travelcards only valid on weekdays, otherwise 700Ft), check out the Pinball Museum, Hospital in the Rock or check out this section for a lot more off the beaten path ideas.
Shopping
Hungary has the world’s highest effective VAT (=sales tax) at 27%. Non-EU/EEA tourists are eligible for VAT refund on their qualifying purchases if they complete the paperwork (min. €175 value per transaction, passport+reclaim form stamped by customs official).
The most popular and best accessible mall of the city is WestEnd on Nyugati tér. Arena Plaza is larger by floor area and carries a couple brands that can’t be found elsewhere, but is less centrally located (10min walk from Keleti train station). Don’t expect to find bargains on clothing or electronics, prices are similar to Western Europe and over North American or Asian ones.
For more information on shopping and VAT refund, see here.
Paprika Market is a decent souvenir shop in the sea of overpriced, terrible quality crap on Váci utca.
Magma Gallery for contemporary and affordable jewelry, ceramics and home decor items by local designers is just one street over on Petőfi Sándor utca.
Check out the antique bookstores alongside Múzeum körút between Astoria and Kálvin tér, some have Socialist-era posters available for sale from 30€ and up, that could be a unique gift/home decor to take home. Ecseri road flea market for more antiques, go early on Saturdays.
Hungarian cuisine is hearty and filling, with a heavy use of meats. Must-try foods are:
For authentic recipes, recommendations for recipe blogs or cookbooks, tips for cooking traditional Hungarian meals, see here
For edible souvenirs to bring home with you:
Grocery stores include Spar, Tesco, Aldi and Lidl. Avoid CBA and Coop, low quality for high prices. Small convenience stores, many 24/7, also dot the city at higher prices.
The most popular and best accessible mall of the city is WestEnd on Nyugati tér.
Alcohol is sold at every one, but some (mostly residential) districts enact a ban on the sale between 22.00-06.00. The central Pest districts don’t have such limitations in place.
Tobacco is sold at tobacconists (‘nemzeti dohánybolt’ ). These shops are also exempt from the evening alcohol sale ban if you find yourself in such a district. Flavored cigarettes are banned in Hungary, so no Black Devils or Sobranies.
Budgets (per person)
For reasonable comforts, I would suggest aiming for at least €50 per day excluding accommodation. Hotel prices significantly vary in and outside high season.
Getting around
Do not buy the Budapest Card, it is not a bargain, even if every travel blogger seems to think otherwise! You would need to visit at least 3-4 museums a day to break even and the free visit to the pretty plain Lukács Baths could mean you’d deny yourself going to the much more interesting mainstream alternatives, such as Gellért or Széchenyi. The discounted museums are second-rate and typically not what most visitors choose to hit up on their own.
Do buy a public transport travelcard, the 1, 3 or 5-day unlimited options require no validation or ID (common reasons for fines). For week-long stays, the 7-day travelcard needs an ID number and that you have the document on you at all times. Please do not try to get around by using single tickets!
The travelcards are economical (from €5/24h to €15/week) and easy to use: no validation, you just show it to the controllers. Validity starts immediately by default, or you can select a later starting date (always from midnight). 7-day and monthly passes require an ID/passport number, and you must have the ID on you whenever you travel, otherwise you risk getting fined! Groups of 4 or more can also buy the even more economical '24h group travelcard', but all persons must travel together using that.
Common reasons for fines
Ticket inspectors (must have an anonymized badge and armband) are notoriously brash, speak subpar English. Paying on the spot lets them give you a discounted fine of 8000 instead of the regular 16000 through postal order or wire transfer, they aren't looking to scam you if they offer you that. Fines are pursued internationally through collection agencies, multiplying the original amount once their fees are added.
Cheapest way to get to the city from the airport is by public transport. I suggest paying the 900Ft supplementary ticket for the 100E bus. The southern portion of the M3 subway is under reconstruction, during that period the 200E buses go beyond their usual terminus, Kőbánya-Kispest and take you to Nagyvárad tér station, where the subway runs from. The purple ticket machines at the airport and all over the city take chipped cards. Shuttle bus is a good compromise between price and comfort and depart when full or close to.
Ignore touts walking up to you offering cabs in the arrival hall, use the official Főtaxi booth immediately outside the building. Rates are centralized: flagfall 700Ft, 300Ft/km, 75Ft/min waiting. The fair price to the centre is around 7-9.000Fts. Rides inside the centre are typically under 3.000. All taxi companies have passable reputations with a few horror stories about each, Főtaxi (+36-1-222-2222), 6x6 Taxi (+36-1-666-6666), City Taxi (+36-1-211-1111) are a few. There are some stories of even company cab drivers trying to rip off naive-looking tourists, especially around train and bus stations, so consider legal Uber-alternative Taxify/Bolt (Android, iOS). Uber is banned.
Most companies have apps, but they have terrible design and might set an unchangeable pick up location 5-10 minutes away from you. It’s much better to order by phone, they have English-speaking operators. If you must use an app, choose Taxify.
Scams
Cabbies are the only ones eclipsing the ticket inspectors in notoriety. I cannot emphasize enough: DO NOT USE THE ONES WITH ‘FREELANCER’ ON THE FRONT DOORS!!! These drivers are nicknamed 'hyenas', work independently, they always have rigged meters and are known to sometimes assault customers who don’t comply with their ridiculous demands. If you hail on the street, be absolutely certain you’re getting into a company cab (logo on the front doors).
A known scam by the hyenas, fraudsters and illegal street exchangers is giving you worthless currencies with similarly high denominations as the Forint – namely the Indonesian Rupiah or the old Belarusian Ruble.
Bag handlers at the airport steal from unsecured luggage. Never put any valuables in your checked luggage!
Overly friendly, attractive women approaching you in broad daylight 'to practice their English' and taking you to scammy cafés where you'll be charged €300 for a bottle of bottom-shelf champagne are also to be avoided. Recently a Redditor reported the same happening to him through Tinder, so be very suspicious of anyone insistent on going to a particular establishment. The scam café was Hajós Café on Hajós utca. Another known scam location is Café Fidelité on Révay utca.
Otherwise general safety cautions should be exercised: watch your valuables in crowded spaces for pickpockets, be wary of overly friendly strangers approaching you and introducing the idea of going to a club or bar by their 5th sentence or of people pretending to be authority.
Policemen typically wear dark blue uniforms and white shirts , sometimes with a visibility vest and can be identified by the numbered metal badges on their chest and their separate police ID card which you can ask to inspect before complying with their orders. Scammers use fake police IDs to part you with your cash under the guise of inspecting the notes for counterfeits. Always ask to see it first: this is real, this is fake – notice where the real one has a serial number, the fake says POLICE. If the issue is anything halfway serious, ask to be escorted to the nearest police station – it will scare away scammers playing dress up.
The emergency number is 112 for police, ambulance or firefighters, there are English-speaking operators (works throughout the EU).
If you get pickpocketed, notify both the police and in case of losing your travel documents, your embassy. Thieves are usually courteous enough to leave papers near trash bins, so walk around in the neighbourhood to see if you can recover them. If you find someone else’s, hand in to the nearest police station.
Getting around
the city is easy, Budapest has one of the best public transport systems of the continent. Use Google Maps for orientation and getting around! Tickets and passes with rates are listed here.
All EU/EEA citizens aged 65+ travel for free on all Hungarian public transport, including trains, distance buses. Picture ID and administrative 0 Ft ticket required. Age 65 is not included.
Student discounts are available to full-time students in EU/EEA countries with a valid student ID. If it doesn’t have it, also carry a picture ID. EU citizenship not required, you only need to study there full-time (not applicable for exchange students unless they get ID issued). The monthly student pass (3450) is cheaper than the 72h travel card (4150) for identical benefits.
The 4 subway lines are coded by numbers and, unofficially, colour (1-yellow, 2-red, 3-blue, 4-green). The busiest, M3, is under renovation until 2021, but remains in partial operation, see details here. The entire line shuts down after 8pm and all day on weekends (replacement buses operate), and one section of the line is always out of service. For 2019 it’s the southern segment, between Kőbánya-Kispest and Nagyvárad tér. During this time the 200E airport bus will take you to the more central Nagyvárad tér stop (from where the subway runs) instead of its regular terminus of Kőbánya.
In Budapest driving is not recommended for the perpetual lack of parking spaces, congestion and because there's really no need to. If you must arrive by car, pick a hotel with parking, use the free parking lot at Kelenföld subway station, street-parking by StarPark at Podmaniczky utca at ~€8/24h, or opt for a more central location (such as one of CarE Park’s garages ) at ~20€/24h, €100/week and do not use it for getting around in the city. Public areas are metered in the entire centre, typically charging 1.5€/h with a cap of 3 hours on a ticket.
The Bubi city bike system is available for anyone’s use. The rates are very favourable (500Ft for 1-day, 1000 for 3 for the pass), but a deposit of €80 will be docked when you register and might take a few weeks to release. First 30 minutes are free, after it's 500Ft/30min on top of the daily pass' price.
Two e-car sharing systems compete in Budapest. I suggest using MOL Limo, as you can complete your licence verification remotely (do it before arrival, they might take a day or three if they are backlogged). Despite the name, the cars are tiny, automatic VW up!s, the majority electric and all automatic. Age limit 18, min. 1-year old national licence, foreign ones accepted, €20 registration fee and €0.25/min rate. Coverage includes basically every area of note to tourists in the centre, except the Castle and underground garages (as well as the airport). Expansion is planned for the future. You cannot park (leave the car) outside the coverage area, but you can drive through.
Sightseeing
The best rated tour bus company is Big Bus, Giraffe (aka. the red Hop On Hop Off ones) tends to get mixed-to-negative reviews. Segway tours also available.
Free thematic walking tours of the city depart in front of the lion fountain on Vörösmarty tér daily. A tip of 2000-2500Ft/person suggested, but they're are chill about it, you can give less if you're on a budget.
River cruises run during the day and the evening, including dinner (usually not great, save for one) or party in the latter case. The most popular is Legenda, partiers choose Boat Party.
One standout cruise is Pannónia Gastro Boat that goes above and beyond the standard quality of service of other operations and often host guest chefs from innovative countryside restaurants.
Public transport alternative is the D11 or D12 boat lines between Boráros tér going up to Népfürdő utca (or getting off at Jászai Mari tér or Margaret island 1 or 2 stops prior). Tram 2 between Jászai Mari tér and Boráros tér hugs the Danube on the Pest side and loops around the Parliament for a similarly nice experience. Seasonal operations, normally from March through October.
Money
The currency of Hungary is the Hungarian Forint (1EUR=330HUF, 1USD=300HUF in November 2019), but I’ve listed prices in Euros (€). Check for current rates here.
Don't exchange Forints at home, bring USD/EUGBP in cash or a chipped card with you – the withdrawal fee is far smaller than what you’d lose by the atrocious rates available to you at home (exception: neighbouring countries).
With cards, Visa, Mastercard are best, Maestro acceptable. Avoid Amex, Diners Club and other uncommon non-European issues.
CAD/AUD/JPY/CNY will be exchanged at slightly worse rates, but still much better than if you’d exchange Forints at home. I don't recommend bringing currencies other than the ones I've mentioned and those from neighboring countries, but if you do, Tichi Change exchanges almost every valid currency in the world at as good of a rate as you could realistically hope for.
When the ATM asks you if you want to be charged in your home currency, say no and opt for Forints or you'll lose up to 30% due to the poor conversion rate! Learn more about the rip-off of dynamic currency conversion here and steer clear of the ATMs operated by Euronet. Besides the dynamic currency conversion ripoff, they will also prompt you to withdraw ridiculously high amounts of money (equivalent of $500 or more) that you will not be able to spend in 3-4 days.
Don't exchange any money with bright orange Interchange they use ripoff rates (>30% spread). They hava e monopoly at the airport and are also present throughout the city in premium locations, such as Váci utca. Street exchange is illegal and a good way to get scammed.
Tons of fine currency exchanges around the city, the best USD and EUR rates are at Gold Change but use your eyes: the buy/sell spread shouldn’t be more than 1-3% apart for these, or 2.5-5% at banks. Exchange offices and banks do not take cards! You may only use them for ATM withdrawals.
Phones
Make sure to bring an unlocked phone, ideally a dual-SIM one.
The 3 main carriers are Vodafone, Telekom (T-Mobile) and Telenor. The best prepaid package is Telekom's Domino Fix with the 1/3/30-day unlimited 4G add-on, costing 990+9900Fts (€32) for the 30-day option. SIM cards need to be activated after purchase, so buy them at brand stores where help is available instead of supermarkets or gas stations.
Roaming fees within the EU have been abolished in 2017, you will be able to use your SIM in any EU member country, but not as if it would be local. I.e. a Vodafone Hungary-issued SIM will be roaming on Vodafone Austria’s network. Some 'reasonable' data caps remain in place, which are determined by the cost of your service.
Outside the EU there are punitive data rates. I once managed to rack up a $90 bill for 5MB by accident.
Sleep
Rates are for high season (late April through September, Christmas, NYE), might be 50+% lower on other dates
Location: if you plan on sleeping, the party district (VII., inside the ring road) should be avoided, as well as VIII. outside of it and around Keleti train station for safety reasons/because you can get nicer digs elsewhere. An under the radar gem of an area is VII. between Múzeum körút and the ring road. Buda is nowhere as dead as tourists collectively imagine it to be (especially around Széll Kálmán tér), don’t shun it if you find someplace nice there.
Eat at
For more detailed restaurant recommendations, see this comment. August visitors, check the restaurants' websites and Facebook to see if they aren't on holiday!
The quality of service is a common source of complaints, don't take it too hard if it happens to you. Tip is 10% most of the time, unless you’re really dissatisfied or find yourself absolutely elated. Many top end restaurants add a ~12% service charge to the bill, tipping on top of that is not expected, though naturally it will be appreciated.
Neither regular, nor ost fast food restaurants do refills. The only exceptions are all KFCs and a few Burger Kings.
Smoking is banned at all restaurants, bars and basically every facility open to the public. Designated smoking areas can be found outside on the street.
Try pálinka (~40% ABV fruit brandy), Unicum (herbal bitteaperitif, like Jäger), bikavér from Eger and Szekszárd (lit. ‘bull’s blood’, a full-bodied red), Tokaji aszú (similar to white Port, made of hand-picked berries with noble rot, named the "wine of kings, king of wines" from the 18th century) or fröccs (spritzer, white or red wine mixed with seltzer – a lifesaver in the summer)!
More details in the shopping section.
Or get really local and ask for ’fény’, carbonated vodka foam over raspberry syrup. You’ll see the fény (=light) at the end of the tunnel in no time!
Eat a freshly fried lángos at market halls (acceptable toppings: sour cream, garlic, cheese, perhaps ham and cabbage - certainly none of that tourist stuff with nutella, Hungarian sausage or kebab...) and fried sausage from a butcher shop such as 1951 establishment Balla Hús in Városház utca or the more contemporary Belvárosi Disznótoros eatery. The gallery of the Hold utca market hall hosts quality street food vendors, Karaván food truck yard right next to Szimpla.
Nightlife
For more detailed recommendations, including strip clubs, casinos and more, see this comment.
A casual evening
Ruin pubs
Mainstream clubs
Techno
Rock and miscellaneous
Gay bars
Get out
See train schedules on Elvira, check for buses on menetrendek.hu (this site combines bus and train schedules, but has no English version, check for the orange or blue icon on the left side to see which is which).
Daytrip options include
For multi-day excursions, including to lake Balaton and detailed information on car rental, countryside and international tourism opportunities, click here
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Enjoy the Relaxation of the Highest Order

Enjoy the Relaxation of the Highest Order
As you tour the countryside for your business purposes or leisure, you need a decent place to relax and unwind yourself. So, booking your rooms in advance is the best thing to do to avoid last minute frustrations. It enables you to compare the amenities offered by different hotels in the area and helps you to reserve the best room so that you enjoy the relaxation of the highest order. Have a look at these five hotels that provide the most comfortable relaxing options to tourists on their trips to the countryside.

Harbor Hotel Provincetown

Is there a better way of unwinding yourself other than frolicking on the waterfront along with your friends and loved ones? So, grab your sandals, swimwear, and sun hats and head straightaway to Harbor Hotel Provincetown, Cape Cod. This hotel serves as the perfect base camp as you explore the Cape Cod countryside.
Harbor Hotel Provincetown
The beachside waterfront hotel provides the best opportunity for you for unwinding yourself. Relax by the fire pit and have an exciting round of drinks at the poolside Cabana Bar. You get some of the best seafood here such as lobster rolls for lunch and fried fish platters for dinner. In between, you can have your fill of the mai tais. In addition to the delicious food, have a great time in the spacious rooms and suites available at this resort.

Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort

When traveling with your family, you need to look for hotels that provide family-friendly services. The Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort has the reputation of providing the highest quality of comfort, convenience, and fun thereby making it one of the most family-friendly hotels in the area. When you are so close to Disneyland, you need some of the best entertainment to warm you up for the excitement waiting for you.
Red Lion Hotel Anaheim Resort
Red Lion Hotel offers the best amenities such as 308 spacious guest rooms, free Wi-Fi in each one of them, onsite dining facilities in the family-friendly restaurant, an outdoor pool with fire pits, free parking, and a host of amenities that go on to make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Hampton Inn Cape Girardeau I-55 East

Hampton Inn Cape Girardeau I 55 East offers the best hospitable services right from their free hot breakfast to the nightly cookie hour. It makes you feel at home as you enjoy the best of amenities that includes many shopping and dining options as well. You have seven exquisite restaurants inside the complex to satisfy your appetite.
Hampton Inn Cape Girardeau I 55 East
The Hilton Group leaves no stone unturned to ensure that the guests get the maximum benefits of their renowned hospitality. Start your day in the fitness room with a quick workout before you head towards the indoor heated pool to rejuvenate your energies. This hotel provides you with the most exquisite dining options you can ever wish to get in Missouri. Business tourists get the advantage of remaining connected with their offices through the free Wi-Fi or working in the two computer terminals that also have printing facilities.
The cookie hour before you retire for the night is the highlight of your stay at this comfortable hotel. Have your favorite cookies with warm milk and rest comfortably on the unique Hampton bed as you unwind by watching the latest movies and TV shows on the 37-inch HDTV available in each room.

Doubletree by Hilton Burlington Vermont

Here is another hospitable offering from the Hilton Group, Doubletree by Hilton Burlington Vermont. This hotel is the best for business travellers as it provides one of the largest and most stylish conference centers in the state. The location of the Doubletree hotel is convenient as the airport is about two miles away. Take advantage of the complimentary shuttle to downtown for your shopping needs.
DoubleTree by Hilton Burlington Vermont
You have a host of amenities such as 24-hour fitness center, indoor pools, a 30,000 sq.ft conference and event center, and a hall that can accommodate up to 1300 people. Enjoy the best dining facilities at this hotel while you go on with your business conferences at the same time.

Hilton Garden Inn Boston Logan Airport

Hospitality and Hilton are two sides of the same coin. Here you have the Hilton Garden Inn Boston Logan Airport offering you the highest quality of hospitality services. The free 24-hour shuttle to the airport and other locations like the MBTA Blue Line Station and nearby business centers serve as the icing on the cake as you choose this hotel for your business trips.
Hilton Garden Inn Boston Logan Airport
Other notable amenities include the onsite dining and drinks at the Garden Grille and bar, free overnight parking, indoor pool, 24-hour fitness and business centers. Each of the guest rooms has facilities like a 42-inch HDTV, fridge, microwave, and a Keurig brewer. Enjoy dancing with your partner at the 2100 sq.ft ballroom that can accommodate up to 180 guests.
These facilities are what you call as relaxation of the highest order. You get them and much more when you stay at these hotels during your business and leisure trips.
Also, visit; Tropicana Casino And Resort, Sandman Signature Prince George Hotel, Adam's Mark Buffalo, Hotel Zoso, Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Reno
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Transcript of George Webb Video Series Part 246 "Hillary's Leakers, Hackers, and Henchmen" [@Georgwebb / #HRCRatline]

  • Day 89.3. Retake - Deep Uranium Called, Introducing Deep Campbell - YouTube
    • Day 89 0.3 hopefully everybody has seen eighty nine point two
    • And seen kind of the uranium Valley that the Tennessee Valley that I that I talked about
    • And it's kind of the the workflow for uranium
    • And if you start out in these western states where these US geological surveys were taken to identify--promising uranium mines and finds, and all the precious metals really gold palladium what-have-you
    • And then you follow that and say well you you don't want to carry a lot of you there's not much uranium and natural uranium I mean it's mostly ore
    • So you need to crush it you need to rock crush it
    • There's that's your Kroupnick crushers right it's nice to have that cake a Kroupnick crushers you use those Kroupnick crushers to bring the yellowcake
    • You want to get it as close to yellowcake as possible before you bring it to a city
    • And I'm not making this up Metropolis, Illinois
    • Dick Durbin metropolis, Illinois
    • And they're you're gonna take that yellow cake and you're gonna convert it
    • And you're gonna put it into you're gonna convert it to UF6 uranium hexafluoride
    • You're gonna put it into a cylinder
    • And then from that point--you're probably writing CSX trains train lines the whole way
    • And I used to watch the CSX train lines with the oil train lines in Oregon on the Columbia River
    • And I always thought man I wonder if all those oil things are actually full of oil or they they have yellowcake--I always worried about the yellowcake because of Uranium One
    • But--you you if you watch the earlier episode you see that Metropolis where the Honeywell plant was
    • And then just you move it downriver on the barge to Paducah
    • You put it in the gas diffusion you spin it you get the 238 over here
    • You got the 235 over there and you're you're enriching
    • And as you enrich you increase the value of your bank account
    • So you're enriching yourself as well as enriching their uranium
    • And if you really want to get rich, you go all the way to Piketown Ohio where the parallel construction happened on me, right
    • So that was actually what the u.s. government did for the Manhattan Project to make a nuclear bomb
    • So when you get to Piketown you're doing the enrichment for final-final weapons-grade uranium
    • Now what's interesting is there's a lot of volunteers along this valley--this valley is Tennessee Valley Authority that provided the power for spinning all these centrifuges
    • And it's kind of like uranium Valley
    • I talked earlier about Clarksville and I talked about Fort Campbell there and 101st airborne and how its kind of this recruiting ground for these people that end up becoming a part of NNSA--this kind of enforcement arm of the FBI
    • And they recruit from Fort Campbell in Clarksville, Tennessee
    • And Steve Bannon ends up spending time in Clarksville Tennessee and Strzok spends a time in Clarksville, Tennessee
    • And then we talked about the Erwin, Tennessee today, where you end up with the national are the nuclear fuels services NFS--for providing nuclear fuel rods to the Navy
    • So this is kind of like the whole food chain
    • But there's also a depleted uranium side to this--a byproduct side, if you will, in Jonesboro I think we're Aerojet is
    • And so they're making depleted uranium ammunition
    • And then if you go to again, in Tennessee still--we're still in Tennessee where the Navy does all its nuclear training for Oak Ridge, Tennessee--you've got erosion excuse me Orbital ATK
    • They're they're making satellites, Orbital made the satellites
    • But ATK made the depleted uranium cannon weapons
    • I think it's called the "chain gun"--the--the rapid firing cannon I think that gets mounted on a lot of the Bradley fighting vehicles
    • So a lot of this is just this conceptual understanding of this flow of uranium through this valley
    • This valley of power
    • This valley of Tennessee River that's providing the power for spinning all this uranium...
    • It's very fundamental as a foundation to understanding this whole story of the Navy and nuclear power
    • Understanding the NNSA and how the FBI when they take control of this in 1998, sees this as their kind of like pay-to-play--their destiny
    • And this is not this is the truth this is the reality
    • And we've had so many great volunteers that have along the way have provided factual pictures of--hey here's the UF6--here's the UF6 cylinders going down the track on the CSX train
    • And here recently we had a derailment there of a CSX train
    • One guy I'll just call him Deep Campbell and--who I know who you are and I won't say the initials but D I'm gonna call him Deep Campbell for Deep Fort Campbell--
    • He's I believe he's a vet I believe he's disabled and he took pictures
    • And--if the reports are true it's pretty it's pretty chilling
    • I mean House-invaded, all of his stuff taken, all the thumb drives these are the pictures
    • Now of the UF6 containers going down that the CSX track
    • We're talking about poisoning of his animals, really?
    • His dog--he ran a forensics on his the his dog was killed and he ran a forensics on it and it was given a huge overdose of carfentanyl
    • His other pet did not die
    • But this is the Deepstate really acting out, and saying I don't want you to know about this uranium Valley
    • I don't want you to know about this ratline
    • I don't want you to know about Aerojet doing depleted uranium weapons
    • I don't want you to know about orbital ATK doing depleted cannon rounds
    • Really this really pisses us off--here at FBI and NNSA
    • But--what I'm not I don't really care, because we are a democratic society
    • And our job is to tell the truth
    • And if this really did happen, and I have no reason to believe it did not, Andrew McCabe is taking his role as kind of a warrior for the deep state
    • He really needs to sit down and think do I really want to be the lapdog
    • Do I really want to be the lap dog of John Brennan my whole life?
    • Or do I have a chance now in my retirement to say, "John Brennan, I don't care what you did to me before. I don't care what's happened to me before. I'm gonna be my own man, and I'm gonna stand up, I'm gonna stand up and say no more of this, this is wrong"
    • "What I did was wrong in your name as your infiltrator to the FBI and JTTF what I did was wrong"
    • "And I am going to say that that time at FBI was a mistake and I'm going to repudiate everything that I've done in the name of the FBI as a CIA CIA infiltration"
    • And I'm sorry but this is the truth
    • This is what really happened
    • Andrew you need to step forward and say "this was a mistake"
    • Stop all this with the attacking of people who are just good citizens, who've just paid their taxes
    • Stop targeting good Americans who are trying to do the right thing
  • Day 90.1 Depleted Uranium Meets Uranium One - YouTube
    • It's day 90 this is part one lots of confirmations coming in here's an article by BuzzFeed
    • Normally peepee dossier BuzzFeed, but they have a great reporter and Jason Leopold
    • And he's done an article here about payments to Russian and Embassy employees
    • These are going to be the Centreville payments but they're also going to include the New York payments to the Braverman consulate to the New York Braverman consulate up in Russia
    • And I do believe Braverman was the agent or representative in New York for the some of the spying activities that occur in New York
    • [We'll] go over the payments first to the Ambassador and then we'll go to the payments to the 600 payments to the different Russian immigrants
    • So here's Sergei Kislyak I believe the payments are going to be through Jeff Sessions
    • Now there's going to be two payments one just after the election and then one just after the inauguration
    • One's $120,000 that went through and then after Trump takes over in Mnuchin is running the Secretary of the Treasury they catch this suspicious activity transfer here of a hundred and fifty thousand dollars to Kislyak
    • So Kislyak is definitely implicated
    • The total amount of payments is about 2.4 million dollars in payments to Russian spies as well as contractors...
    • But these are kickbacks and bribes
    • Here's 120 days after the election
    • Here's $150,000 that didn't go through
    • Then there is they flagged this set of checks here when Braverman was running the Clinton Foundation in New York from March to April 7th
    • And these are just basically renovations to the consulate in New York City, which is three hundred seventy thousand dollars
    • This series took you there last summer with what I was there with Jason
    • And then over five years ago over five years through the Russian Cultural Center, here in Washington DC, another three hundred twenty five thousand was passed through there
    • And a lot of times what you'll do when you bring in spies...you'll pay for their school, you'll pay for their housing, you'll pay for all their different living expenses
    • And that's one of the ways to reduce the total amount that needs to be laundered
    • Through the period of time more than 2.4 million dollars over the five years occurred
    • So that's the key thing and it's there was about six hundred such payments from 2013 to March 2017
    • So, these are not just contractors these are people that are doing spying as well
    • You mix the two together to hide them
    • Again, here's the suspicious activity reports (SARs) that you've been introduced to in the series coming in handy again
    • So and I'll just say there's the picture of Kislyak and I'll quickly go to the just a quick overview of his 120-thousand
    • How he laundered it--he showered it between two different accounts to try to get it under that hundred thousand dollar figure
    • And then this is the 30 checks for the three hundred and seventy thousand dollars for the embassy renovation, or excuse me the consulate renovation--the Braverman consulate in New York
    • And I also believe that Braverman made many trips to this consulate for spying on financial figures in New York as well as stock market folks and all the people involved in the New York financial community
    • As well as down here in Washington DC
    • Again, I'm just saying Braverman is a good guy though at the end of the day
    • He does buckle when he sees the what's happening in Haiti and other places with the Clinton Foundation money and some of the things that the Clinton Foundation is doing with the money
    • Braverman I'm saying is a good spy, but he drew the line
    • And so next thing is if speaking of spies will talk about Sid Blumenthal with the well non-official cover (NOC) let's say journalists with a non-official cover
    • We now find that Blumenthal was paid by Fusion GPS
    • And this is more for the disinformation campaign in Europe
    • Again, he said concentrates mostly in Europe he was very good friends with Tyler Drumheller
    • He got all the plans for Zero Footprint and Timber Sycamore etc
    • We did a must have done a hundred stories on him at the start of this series and also very good friends with Valerie Plame
    • All these people again, play into the whole uranium game
    • The whole structuring of the uranium game really especially with NATO is Valerie Plame and Sid Blumenthal
    • Quickly moving on, to the old Tennessee Valley Authority the electrification project, kind of became the uranium Valley, because these gas centrifuges require so much energy
    • So it became the kind of area of expertise of all these scientists that move there
    • There's Oak Ridge was this hidden city...and a lot of the early Navy guys went there for training
    • Now I'm not saying Bannon went there for training at Fort Campbell for Nuclear training
    • But here is (excuse me) here is the nuclear training center Navy nuclear power training school down in South Carolina
    • This is in Charleston South Carolina
    • But and it's named after Admiral Rickover is kind of like the father of the nuclear Navy
    • Now he originally did his training in Oak Ridge Tennessee
    • So before that they before they built this school in 1955 that was done in Oak Ridge Tennessee and you can see that I'll quickly go here to the next piece, which is
    • Near Oak Ridge is this Jonesboro Aerojet Factory
    • And that Jonesboro Aerojet factory the reason why they're concerned with depleted uranium is these weapons it's leaking into the soil etc
    • There's these protest groups
    • So that's very close actually and you can see the Rolling Hills here...to this Aerojet Rocketdyne factory
    • Looking at Jonesboro, is almost directly south of Piketon, Ohio
    • Piketon Ohio was where I was about an hour away from, when I was stopped on my kind of after my visit with Deep Uranium on June 15 2017
    • You can see how it's kind of directly south here's where Mark Lambert went to school
    • The University of Cincinnati, and it's a straight South shot to Jonesboro
    • Now they made--used to make weapons up here at this factory in Piketown and you have to get rid of these the tailings of that process
    • The tailings of that process is depleted uranium
    • So we're the Piketown murders we're the Rhoden murders...the people taking from depleted uranium down to the plant here in Jonesboro?
    • Well I'll give you some information that may help be helpful in that decision-making
    • Well first of all, currently in Hartsville, in between in between Clarksville, where the old nuclear school used to be, and oak ridge, we have Cameco, the Canadian company Cameco pulling out
    • {{ Video Cuts }}
    • This depleted uranium we also done a lot of stories on depleted uranium
    • I think this story is going to be about depleted uranium, going from Piketown as we had said before to Jonesboro I just didn't know exactly where the weapons factory was,
    • But deplaning depleted uranium obviously figures big into the story
    • If--didn't remember what something else from the story first yesterday was the Argonne National Laboratories
    • And people were wondering "was that Fermilab or whatever"
    • No that's in California I believe
    • This is actually just outside Chicago we actually sold them some pretty printing for their to the research group
    • It was originally based on her Enrico Fermi's work there on nuclear reactors
    • But what most people don't know about Argonne National Laboratories is it's where all the Navy nuclear power plants reactors were designed
    • It was the first power producing nuclear reactors that helped design the reactors used by the nuclear Navy right there, beginning in in the post-war period
    • {{ Video cuts }}
    • I called nuclear information and resource services
    • And they do different environmental justice type movements...and
    • But they've got a lot of information on this Louisiana energy, which is wholly owned by Urenco
    • So I have to do is follow Louisiana energy to really follow the movements of Urenco in the United States
    • Urenco again, is the company I am saying took a uranium intended for Europe and sent it to the UAE and then on to Iran
    • If this is the case the U.S. Enrichment case in 2004, talking about the original application to get the American Centerfuge plant in Piketon, Ohio in 2004
    • And the main concern was again, depleted uranium
    • There was no plan of action for depleted uranium
    • You can see right here
    • And I'm going to just say it's quite simply he just went into weapons and Aerojet in Jonestown
    • and it's being stockpiled it was a problem piling up in Piketown and it was just taken to Jonesborough, excuse me, and using depleted uranium weapons
    • From the very beginning of this series, I think going back 240 days I should say, we've been talking about depleted uranium and it's used
    • {{ Video cuts }}
    • I ask, again, is Steve Bannon the key architect of this uranium backbone in America, in terms of the Navy trading, as far as the Navy's representation in terms of trading with other countries?
    • Is Steve Bannon one of the key players in how the Navy invests its money?
  • Day 90.2. Bannon and Mooch Handle Navy Intel Investments? - YouTube
    • Day 90 and it is part two let's talk about Navy investments in navy Intelligence
    • If you are heavily invested in Navy Intelligence, you have an idea of what's coming down the pike, in terms of technology
    • You have a--you know what's coming down the pike in terms of satellite technology
    • You know what's coming down the pike in terms of nuclear technology at--those two especially
    • So the people like Steve Bannon and Scaramucci who invest for them
    • (Is that for Rao? No or maybe it's for Omar)
    • The people who invest they want to use their inside track to get the best investments
    • So it turns out that these nuclear investments and also space investments
    • Space first satellite launches
    • Are two key areas where the Bannon's and the Scaramuccies of the world invest
    • And one of them let's take it for the nuclear side for the boats and the propelling the boats and having a supply of uranium coming in highly enriched uranium to run navy boats (Navy ships excuse me)
    • It's called electric boat
    • That's the company to start looking at
    • You're gonna do a pay-to-play you're going to do with electric boat they're gonna be doing the small reactors that go in these Navy vessels thats use these fuel rods
    • Again, the fuel rods are serviced in Mobile, Alabama
    • So that's one side to look at the other site is to get experts and have a vehicle to invest in satellite the satellite business
    • And we've seen this over and over again, with the Mark Lambert's of the world being satellite logistics geospatial experts
    • The Osbaldos--of the world
    • Lots of names, lots of investments, complicated, but it's just the way it is
    • The new name is the Crypt Nix Kroupnicks
    • The Kroupnick says--are doing the land logistics the U.S. Enrichment corps is doing a with Roman Kroupnik
    • Roman Kroupnick with all the uranium crushers...all over the world involved in Uranium One in the U.S. involved in all these interests in Africa
    • But we also have a GUENNADI G U E N N A D I Kroupnick in Canada running the space program for Canada
    • Now the some people might say, "hey I would rather give my trade secrets to Canada--a place I could get up there pretty fairly quickly, and leverage my investments not so much in the payload, and the take-off system, but all the stuff that goes on the payload, so I want to make satellite payloads for communications for instance--for Iridium or I might want to do the space arm people--remember the Canada arm off the shuttle...or make investments in other things like the more developing commercial space program, like firing off rockets from the South Pole, and doing weather satellites for the South Pole"
    • The reason why is you can shoot rockets off anytime you want, the Penguins don't really care
    • So but it's difficult because the satellites go around the middle of the earth
    • And so they have to solve that problem but Guennadi Kroupnick--like you didn't have enough Kroupnicks in your life--is actually involved in solving that problem, using an elliptical orbit, and all these other technical things
    • But the key is if Bannon and Scaramucci are going to be investing money for you
    • You want to invest in money where you have the key Intelligence
    • If you're Navy Intelligence you want to use your Intelligence to make money
    • And you're going to use Steve Bannon and Scaramucci are your two investors here for pay to play
  • Day 90.3. Do the American People Fusion GPS Testimony - YouTube
    • NO AUTOCAPTIONS
    • Triggered Backup
    • If you had Awan-Contra type network through 123 dropbox say, you'd want to make sure your info wasn't intercepted
    • I'd use a multiplayer video game to do that, make sure that my encrypted codes were going into the multiplayer video game
    • But that's another conversation about Zenimax with Steve Bannon {{ 911: skyrim publisher, bethesda software in rockville, md }}
    • In Hawaii if you trigger a DEFCON level, even if no response, you'd still trigger a backup to bluffdale data center in UTAH
    • Meeting with Bain [Capital] and KK&R, which may have happened at USPACOM in Hawaii at Diamond's Head, may or may not have had Mitt Romney receiving information we know Booze-Allen is there, we know from Snowden worked for BA, that's a sieve as far as data is concerned
    • If you want to see if your data had indeed been compromised when a leaker of yours was removed--let's say 'leaky Pho soup Pho' up in Ft. Meade, you'd be able to check it basically by triggering a DEFCON situation and triggering a backup
    • We know from Snowden that's what TAO does, does these secure access programs (SAPs)
    • And each one of them could be an Awan-Contra in and of themselves, different operations
    • Special cryptography for SAPs is in Oakridge, TN
    • Oakridge, TN is the cryptology center as well
    • We know that there are centers in Aurora, Colorado; we know there are centers in Texas; we know about Fort Gordon and sweet tea, and Reality Winner down there; we're learning all the NSA opportunities here
    • The House Intel Committee voted to release the Testimony--on the house side now; not the Senate side, Feinstein already
    • Devin Nunes has said House members only, special reading room, you can read, can't take notes, but you can read and leave
    • You might want to check the names Sid Blumenthal and the name Imran Awan--those are two biggies to check for Glenn Simpson's testimony
    • But now they're going to be able to compare the notes and 7 hours of testimony Glenn Simpson gave on the the house side to the Senate side to see if the two things match
    • If he says something radically different then that will be a red flag (CAUDEX, Bean LLC example)
    • For Glenn Simpson to forget Sid Blumenthal as one of the Payees would be a GLARING omission
    • Triggered Backups, Glaring omissions, matching testimonies
    • Hopefully we'll trigger the people of the united states
    • {{ GOWDYMODE }} We'll leyet the People of the Unahted Staytes
    • Sorry about the bad Trey Gowdy
    • {{ 911: Never, EVER apologize for Gowdymode, Cap'n }}
  • Day 90.4. Barrick Gold HQ - YouTube
    • Day 90 this is part 4
    • Sorry it's so loud
    • This is 101 Constitution
    • That's the door to one America Network just back there
    • But this is also the home of Barrick Gold
    • Now I don't know what kind of gold mining they're doing maybe they're mining up there
    • But I don't see any gold mines over here
    • But up there on the sixth floor it's kind of nice kind of nice up there
    • So it's got an old history with ADman Khasshougi--this weapons for drugs dealer in Iran-Contra
    • Is it related now to this 'contra'
    • This Greg Struble which is kind of like rubble Greg's trouble
    • Good friends of Mark Lambert not another Navy guy just like George Bush is that the kind of investment arm for the Navy in mining?
    • You know, Barrick Gold, if you look at the history of Barrick Gold--there's there there's trouble everywhere they go
    • So maybe that's great troubles just kind of swizzle a little bit but everywhere you go--
    • On the border of Argentina and Chile there's a big dispute
    • They say they kill everybody there's
    • (Maybe they're coming for Rao? Rao? I'm thinking more and more that's maybe Omar?--All right we don't really know)
    • (So anyway give our salute to our fine)
    • {{ SIREN: REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE }}
    • So there you have it
    • It's not it's not for Rao
    • Maybe it's just organ recovery
    • And over at MedStar or over at Georgetown
    • That's it from beautiful Barrick Gold mining company
  • Day 91.1 Did Bannon Leave Mercer Nukes For Kwok Opium? - YouTube
    • Ok it's day 91 and this is part one
    • And yesterday I sort of did a video about how Russia has sort of become a crime partner an organized crime partner of the FBI and the alphabet agencies in this area of the Navy technology--Navy nuclear technology and Space technology
    • And all the videos yesterday were on that subject
    • And I talked about Bannon
    • I talked about Sessions...
    • And all these concepts when they first go out there roundly criticized as conspiratorial or whatever--
    • The hard drives broken hard drives at Iran's house that was a lie
    • Taggart was a lie
    • Mark Lambert was a wild goose chase
    • It was a it was a dead end
    • Now we've got all the I just can't count how many stories have been characterized that way, when they first come out
    • But as it slowly sinks in I remember even the peepee dossier when it came out and peepee FISA were criticized as being tangents...
    • And now we see those are Center
    • The car theft ring here in Virginia was another one the Train of the cars being moved to West Africa and having weapons and drugs all that--operation Cassandra--was all questioned
    • But as time went by and documents came out people realized that this is actually what is happening
    • That the alphabet agencies--this group within the CIA, and a very small group of infiltrators inside the FBI, but at the top of the FBI, have infiltrated our top Intelligence agencies, to basically go in partnership in organized crime with the Russians
    • Now I've never said this before
    • You heard Deep Uranium's say this that ST that pair in cryptography circles is Special Tactics
    • And then RZ is Russia Zone
    • And then OK is the German abbreviation German Intelligence abbreviation for organized crime
    • So this whole Strzok plan--is this the Strzok plan, basically enabling an organized crime network okay
    • Now there's another meaning, and I didn't mean to ever go here, but it's called ZOCK
    • The last three letters of a Zock is a hair that you would find near private parts
    • And STR-zok means you're able to pull that hair anytime you want
    • So there's an expression having someone by the short hairs is what a Strzok actually is
    • Again, that's Deep Uranium, inside baseball talk, as far as I guess--it's inside organized crime and alphabet agency talk
    • Is this a Strzok?
    • Is this whole thing a partnership of our Intelligence agencies, and elements rogue elements of the Russian military structure, to create an organized crime?
    • Well if you start looking at the components it all fits together
    • For instance if you have these houses in New York and in Maryland close to DC close to the financial center in the government center
    • As we've said before these are the two pay-to-play areas
    • You basically you play down here in Washington DC, get all the secrets, and you make it pay for yourself up in New York
    • Isn't this exactly what Steve Bannon did?
    • Isn't this exactly the trajectory of Steve Bannon being coming the chief Intelligence officer for the Chief of Naval Operations
    • >>>CONT
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Ragnar Relay: Las Vegas 2015 - Ultra "Race" Recap

I ran with a team for the Ragnar Relay: Las Vegas 2015 this past weekend and I'd never seen a recap for a race like this, so I wanted to share with the rest of you to see if you had any similar stories and/or give those considering a Ragnar Relay an in depth (albeit from a probably unreliable first person narrative) recount of events and emotions as they unfolded. I had the idea to do this journal style recap a few days before I left for Vegas. Be warned it was mostly written stream of consciousness style in the notes app on my iPhone during the race (so feel free to berate my grammaspelling/punctuation).
For those unfamiliar with the Ragnar Relay series it is a 200ish mile relay race for 12 person teams. The race is then divided into 36 "legs" and each person is assigned a runner number 1-12 and then run in order. When Runner 12 is done with leg 12, Runner 1 is back up to complete leg 13 and so on. There's a little more to the process involving splitting the 12 runners into two vans and leapfrogging each other and so on, but for this it's not that important. For the bold, there is an option to run the race as an Ultra Team, meaning your team is reduced to six runners. Our team opted for the Ultra version. Conventional wisdom would recommend that for an Ultra, runners simply run legs back to back. This strategy was utilized by most of our team, but I'll get into that later.
The race:
Google Earth kmz file of all 36 legs and more
Leg maps from the Ragnar website
The team:
Me (2nd Ragnar): High school athlete, post college runner (started with Spartan Races, then got into more traditional trail and road races), 1x marathon (4:30) that still keeps me up at night
Jane (7th Ragnar, girlfriend - we met on my first ragnar): Runner since high school (XC and 800m, 2 mi), 2x marathoner (4:13 and 4:06)
Carl (8th Ragnar, BFF of Jane): Post college runner, 2x marathoner (3:59 PR), triathlete considerer
Rachel (4th Ragnar, post college friend of Jane, SO of Buddy): 2x marathoner (sub-4 NYC i think)
Buddy (2nd Ragnar, SO of Rachel): endurance cyclist, got into running by *Rachel asking him to do Ragnar (i think
Captain (6th Ragnar, college friend of Carl): 2x marathoner (PR somewhere around 4:15)
Training:
Me: Almost none. was maybe running twice a week from the marathon (7 months ago) until about 3 weeks before we left. To be honest, I fell out of love with running after the marathon. I was dealing with some self diagnosed IT band stuff. My best 10K+ runs were lucky to sniff 9:30 in the weeks before we left
Jane: Ran a half the weekend I ran the marathon. Ran another half in mid september.
Carl: Hasnt run over 9 or 10 miles in 7 months
Rachel/Buddy: Claimed to of not do much training. Buddy had mentioned to me he and Rachel were running 9 miles in the 8:00-8:30/mi range. Its also worth noting that Buddy is very into the nutrient side of recovery. I’d later find out he packed enough powders and chews to open a GNC from the back of our van.
Captain: Probably the most trained. Did some two-a-days
11/5/2015
1730ish Jane, Carl, and I flew out together and have just arrived in Vegas. Rachel and Buddy we’re going to be arriving around 2200. Captain has been in Vegas for about an hour and just finished dealing with the car (van) rental. We meet up, say hellos, and get on the road. We get groceries/food/snacks/supplies for the race at an Alberstons near the official pre race hotel (Red Rock Casino and Resort). After grocery shopping we get the traditional night-before Olive Garden meal. Service kind of sucked.
20:00ish After dinner the four of us check into our rooms and go to bed. Jane and I take some Unisom and we’re out before Buddy and Rachel get to our room.
11/6/2015
0530 Everyone slowly wakes. Everyone quickly showers. Our start time is at 0830 and is about an hour or so away.
0655 Leaving the hotel. Another hotel guest tries to board our van thinking we're the shuttle to the airport - "Oh this is for the race? Good luck. Ya'll are crazy." Everyone in the van shares his sentiment. Except Rachel. For some reason Rachel is super stoked.
0658 Hotline bling is already worn out.
0739 Very close to the start now. We’ve started to pass runners that have already started. Where we are driving there's about 8 inches of paved shoulder, and 10 feet of stone/gravel shoulder that blends into the all surrounding desert. Runners are coming down off the mountain at us. We've passed two exchange points. Not sure what #s.
0748 6000' and climbing. We all just realized we didn't prep for any thin air. I had imagined more of running to and from casinos. Casinos have thick air pumped into them right?
0758 8000'. Fun fact: Nevada is Spanish for snowcapped. Makes sense.
0835 8500' and we’re at the start. We missed our 0830 start.
0842 Check in was kind of a pain. Waiting for the 0845 start
0848 I don't think there's an 8:45 start. Jane starts alone. Current temp 20F
0920ish Jane passes a spot a few minutes ago that we posted up at a few miles in. She's doing well. We go to exchange one to wait for our next sighting. I start warming up.
1015 Been at exchange two for a while waiting for Jane. Everyone else is very casual right now except me. Im about to run and I'm anxious. 7.8 miles ahead of me and the current temp is low 30s
1209 Been back in the van of a while. It wasn't 7.8 it was 9.8 (Part 1 Part 2 - Total pace 9:37/mi). Given my IT band history and the fact the first 5 miles of this double leg is straight downhill, I opt to run on the gravel shoulder off the road. I figured the gravel would provide some more give than the asphalt road. Turns out gravel in the desert is made up of small boulders. I roll my left ankle about 20 minutes in. I still think off the asphalt is the way to go. A few miles in a pass a woman who says “You’re awesome” “No you’re awesome!” is what I should have said, but instead I selfishly point out “I’m doing an Ultra.” I wish I hadn’t said that. I wouldn’t want someone to say that to me. I reach the midway exchange and Jane is there to cheer me on. I mention rolling my ankle. The exchange ends at the bottom of the downhill and makes a U-turn back uphill for about 100 yards and then turns onto a service road. The service road is laid with golfball/softball sized stones. More ankle rolling ensues. I must of rolled my ankles more times than realized because I noticed with about a mile to go my right ankle hurt. Blisters too. There was no water on leg 3 and only one unmanned water station on leg 4 with about two miles to go. I ate a pocket fuel (basically almond butter) from mile 3 until about mile 7. Very hard to eat without water. I finish fairly strong, given the limp, and hand off the slap bracelet to Rachel. The team asks me about the limp. I mention the boulders and ankle rolling. I have a quarter mile limp to the van.
1240 I ate a peanut butter banana and strawberry jelly sandwich. I'm laying down, elevating my foot. I'm not sure if it's the ankle. It's more the foot. No swelling yet. Jane tells me she rolled after her two legs. I've barely stretched. The blister on my arch is in the perfect spot to get to know the thong of my flip flops. Rachel is running now. One 9.5 mile leg instead of running two legs back to back in typical ultra fashion. She'll be handing off to Buddy, who is undertaking the same strategy-no back to back legs. I'm not sure what their reasoning is, but it seems like they're going to run every four hours or so. Not a lot of rest time. We'll see how this works out. I would rate the team moral as apathetic. It’s early.
1306 Van decorations have been completed by adding our names with six adjacent boxes and the mileage under the six boxes. Rachel should be finishing in a bit and Buddy has started stretching. He’s ready to run. I tried to ice the left foot with an instant cold pack. Wouldn't call that successful. Jane is rolling more. I’m laying down. Captain is at the wheel not really interacting. Carl is on his phone.
1324 Rachel is in. We're in the van moving to the next leg. She feels fine. "I just need to hydrate." We'll see how she feels in about 20 hours.
1338 We're kind of lost on the way to exchange 6. Buddy might beat us there.
1347 We’re at the exchange before Buddy. That’s the good news. The bad news is the medical tent at the first major exchange was a joke - I tell the EMT/attendant my symptoms "Could it be your tendons?" "I don't know that's why I'm here" "Do you want some ice and ibuprofen" "I guess"
1401 Buddy handed off to Carl a bit ago. Buddy and Rachel are getting swag from the merch tents. The five of us are going to subway for a proper meal when they return. I’m curious what Captain will do for food, as he'll be running in about an hour. We have agreed that the attitude in the van is very subdued by comparison to the Ragnars done previously. We agree the focus is survival. We’re 6 hours in and most of us have run two thirds of the regular ragnar distance. Buddy wants to stop at Walgreens for coconut water and pickle juice. Buddy is very into the nutrient side of recovery. He has enough chews and powders stocked to open a GNC from his trunk. While he's inside Carl texts us that he's a mile from the exchange. We're 6 minutes away by van.
1505 We should focus less on survival/self preservation and more on getting to the exchanges on time for teammates. Carl had to wait. Side note Captain had a quarter of a bagel with cream cheese right before his run.
1518 We're stopping at a Starbucks. I’ve assumed driving responsibilities in Captain’s absence and need coffee. Jane wants green tea. Carl is being very vocal about the poop stuff he's going to do in the nearest starbucks. Morale seems higher. Poop jokes = morale. My achilles (both) are also starting to ache. I should start to roll. Carl is out of the bathroom and is heading for Del Taco, an endurance running food staple.
1634 We recently met Captain about 2-3 miles before he ends. He’s going strong. I think we're delirious though. That tired type of delirious.
1645 Captain is in Buddy is out. It’s night hours. He's running 5 miles and Rachel is running the next 4 miles. I don't know when they're going to sleep. My right foot is still stiff, but feels better. I have a moleskin on the blister but it's not helping like i expected.
1720 We're waiting for Buddy in a church parking lot. People are singing fetty wop and drake songs. There's no music playing. Delirium.
1731 Buddy is in. He crushed it. We have to hustle to the next exchange to meet Rachel. So far they seem to be doing better mentally than the rest of the van.
1811 1/3 of the way done. Officially. We need batteries for tailamps. Plenty of time to waste. Jane just left for a 12 mile run.
1840 Everyone is trying to nap. Hard to tell if it's self preservation or if energy is low. I haven't slept and I run after Jane's double leg. Plus I'm driving so I can't nap.
1851 Weather: Low 40s, strong breeze. Feels sub 30. Just got back from watering a cactus. Everyone seems to be resting. I’m trying to meet Jane when she gets to the midway exchange.
1910 The first half of Jane's double leg is down. She's drained emotionally. Physically I think she has plenty. I brought her gatorade, clif bloks, and a tiger tail. She really only went for the gatorade. Moving this crib on wheels to the next exchange to get ready for my run.
2146 I'm writing this at 0211. But I finished my legs (Part 1 Part 2 - 7 and change miles - 10:30 something/mi). Another woman and I finished together "I won't walk if you don't.” We finished strong. I went to high five her after the run, but she was busy so I let it go. I guess that’s what i get for being a jerk to the other woman. The rest of the leg was fairly uneventful. Was passed by a lot of people before the first midway exchange. Not so much after. There were some eyes on the mountain side reflecting from my headlamp. I really hope its not a mountain lion with a taste for human. At this pace it’d be on me in a flash. I try to keep my headlamp pointed at it as I run forward. Like a “I see you seeing me. Let’s be cool” kind of way. I finish and Jane asks me how I feel. I complain briefly about my sore quads, the sharp pain in my left foot, and the stiffness of my right foot. I went to sleep immediately. No stretching. No rolling. Probably not the best strategy. - - - You're never totally asleep in the van. I hear Buddy and Rachel finish their legs and relish their mile splits. Their approach of doing one leg at a time instead of back to back legs seems to be working. That or they are much more prepared than I am. Carl gets back from his legs and Buddy drives as Captain heads out. I’m still trying to sleep. Buddy turns the radio on. He either doesn't know I’m asleep or doesn't care. My quads feel as pliable as iron. My right foot feel like it's bound in chains, my left ankle feels full of glass. The bench seats have seatbelts in all the wrong places. Everything is hate. I sit up in my seat. I stare off in annoyance and Jane tries to console me. Futile effort, but not for a lack of care. We've been driving on the highway for what seems like at least 15 miles. This is weird considering Captain only has 11 miles to go.
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0217 The radio is off and we're at an exchange. I want to get out and roll but were parked on a gravel cliff side. It's so windy. You can hear the wind whipping outside of the van. I need to get away from my team and cool down. I dont think they did anything to offend me, I just need some me space. I opt for a portopotty.
0320 The van whips me awake as we take a fast corner. We're at the wrong exchange. Go figure. Buddy is running next. We pick up Captain. I offer him some $2 cup o noodle I picked up at the exchange. I pray he doesnt take it all. Prayers answered.
0346 Back to the exchange we were just at. On the way Rachel says to me "do you want me to take your second leg" (meaning the 6th of my 5th and 6th legs) "not even a little" "ok. Just I don't want you to injure yourself and I really feel fine" "I'll crawl if I have to" Jane pipes in "thanks though". She knows me better than Rachel.
0432 Buddy should be arriving any moment. He texted in his one mike warning. Looking around the parking lot I notice a lot of people limping. This is exchange 24. Meaning everyone at this point is 2/3 of the way done. The majority of these people's mile count is where I was 16 hours ago.
0642 Jane is in from her last run. She’s done. She got lost during the second half. The directions weren’t very clear and she listened to someone else. She was about a mile off course, the opposite direction. We put her back on course. As she hands the snap bracelet off to me, we hug. I think I congratulated her. I’m off on my last legs. Physically and for the race (13.8 mi total - Part 1 Part 2 ). Things seem as expected going into it. After about 10 mins I remember Jane was telling me how she opted to walk the .15 mi of every mile. I decide to run for 10 min walk for 2, similar to the 5:1 ratio I’ve read about for typical ultra marathons. This goes one for another 10 minutes cycle before the 10 minute run portions become 8 and then 5 and then just walking with little jogging. My feet are in terrible pain. Everything is uphill. At least its a gorgeous sunrise over Lake Mead. Around 6.5 miles in (1.3 mi until the midway exchange) things seem downhill. I decide that I’m basically a 10K away from finishing, if I can gut out a 10:00/mi pace I can be done in a little over an hour, plus after the midway exchange its all downhill, according to the map. This last mile or so seems good. I’m reminded of a Haruki Murakami passage when he was describing an 100km ultra “I’m not human. I’m a piece of machinery. I don’t need to feel a thing. Just forge ahead.” I get to the midway exchange and Jane and Buddy meet with with an energy chew and gatorade. Comcast calls me while I’m at the exchange “Can you call me later. I’m in the middle of a 200 mile relay race.” Buddy and Jane find this amusing. I hate Comcast, so I dont. I turn to head out for my last bit of Ragnar. The last leg doubles back on the leg i was just on, which was downhill, so i know I’m going uphill for a little. But i’ve seen the map. I know its downhill after. 9.6 miles in since i started my Nike+ watch dies. I immediately turn the Nike+ running app on my phone on. Not because i think im gonna PR. Just because i need to know my time when I’m done. The Murakami passage seems like a bad joke at this point. I’m back to a lot of walking. This machinery feels the glass and bound chains pain in my feet. The pain mile 23 marathon pain my quads. About 2 miles to go there is a water station with clif/kind bars. I take my sweet time. A woman passes me. She did an Ultra Ragnar two weeks ago. She seems to be doing great. 1 mile to go. I text my team. I try to give it the Murakami push. This works until I get to more hills. Everyone i pass/that passes me asks wtf is up with this “downhill leg” Finally i can see the exchange. One thing about the desert of Las Vegas, you can see for miles. I give it everything i have. About 200m from the finish i feel myself on the verge of tears. I’m not sure if it’s pain or the joy of accomplishment or just being so happy to be done. I hold them back on the pretense I don’t deserve to be happy with my performance. Anger replaces the near-tears as i think of all the workouts i skipped, the cheat meals i induldged upon, the idea that i could have tried harder or pushed through more pain. As it would turn out the map on the last leg was entered in reverse so it was all uphill. 500 feet of gain for the total 13.8 miles (Part 1 Part 2 - 14:06/mi)
1000 The self loathing subdues. At least I’m done. If i don’t want to feel this way i should try harder next time.
1001-1730ish I dont really remember anything specifically after my last leg. I was out of it. We ended up finishing in 32 hours and change.
The only other highlights that come to mind are, in no particular order:
The second to last exchange had a proposal (as the fiance to be approached the exchange several people held up “NAME” “WILL” “YOU” “MARRY” “ME” with the M drawn as the ragnar double R).
Rachel and Buddy didnt seem to be in much better shape, physically, than the the runners that did double legs. I, in my un-board-certified-medical-opinion, believe that any advantage they had was from Buddy’s diligent post run nutrition and supplementation regimen.
Captain, Jane, and I agreed that the quad pain was similar to that of finishing a marathon.
I think i was the only one that came away with a real “injury” (orthopedic appointment scheduled for Friday)
Everyone agreed this would be our last Ragnar Ultra at dinner. By brunch we all decided that a regular Ragnar seems like a bore and we should do an ultra again, but with more training.
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