Apr 22, 2022
I’m enjoying the different running environment here in Karratha, WA. It’s hot, but very dry at the moment – it can be very humid. My running shoes are gathering a lot of red dust, as you’d expect here in the Pilbara region. It certainly makes a change from the streets of Sydney.
The world run memories are all from Hungary today. It had warmed up considerably compared to what I’d endured in the preceding months, making for more enjoyable running. It wasn’t too hot, I should add.
Apr 20, 2013
Distance today = 41.37 km; Total distance = 19,716.93 km; Location = Kakucs – 47 14.662′ N, 19 21.148′ E; Start time = 0817, Finish time = 1455
I ran a shorter day, to balance out the long one yesterday. Once again, the weather was spectacular, with a top of 27C and an average of 23C. And not a cloud in the sky.
The boys ran a few kilometres with me through the city this morning, and then I headed off on my own. Heading out of the city wasn’t as bad as I had expected. The traffic was quite heavy, but I always had somewhere to run that was away from the cars. The second half of the day was on flat country roads. Dave came and picked me up, and we commuted back to Budapest.
You’d think the plants are trying to make up for the late start to spring. They seem to be growing so fast, and each day the vegetation looks more and more lush. After all, it’s perfect growing weather at the moment.
Tonight is our last with Jo, Dave, Sue, and Greg. It’s been great having friends along for the past week, and running with others has certainly provided a great mental break from all the time alone on the road. But it won’t be too long before we see them again in Australia.
Apr 21, 2013
Distance today = 50.80 km; Total distance = 19,767.73 km; Location = Kecskemet – 46 54.537′ N, 19 41.533′ E; Start time = 0846, Finish time = 1655
We had a final dinner last night with Jo, Dave, Sue, and Greg (The Hud), and this morning, bid them farewell. They’ll all be back in Sydney by the end of the week, but we’ll be seeing them again in June. The guys really helped me with the running this past week. Both of them ran more in one week than they have for decades.
I began my run in the small town of Kakucs, under more cloudless blue skies. It seems like the weather is trying to make up for what it put me through earlier. Today’s high was 29C.
It was another very flat day, as I made my way through green Hungarian farming country. I was on a dirt road for a while, then found a cycle trail for about 13 km, although this disappeared for the final 12 km.
It appears the Hungarians love their motorcycles. I saw numerous very fast bikes, clearly going far above the speed limit, some of them even on one wheel. I would estimate that two of them were doing about 250 kph on the freeway, as I passed over the top on the flyover.
It feels good to now be more than three-quarters the way to the finish of my world run. The last quarter will feel like the last lap of a track race – still some work to do, but the finish line will soon be in sight.
Apr 22, 2013
Distance today = 51.46 km; Total distance = 19,819.19 km; Location = Kistelek – 46 30.314′ N, 19 57.948′ E; Start time = 0836, Finish time = 1652
Despite running on busy roads with little shoulder all day, I actually had a pretty enjoyable time out there. I did strike a good bike path, but it only lasted about 5 km.
It was the flattest day I can recall for some time. Perhaps there might have been a flatter one in Argentina, but it wouldn’t be by much. I hadn’t realised Hungary is so flat, at least where I’ve run. It is also very green and fertile, and reminds me visually of central NSW or northern Victoria. I often have to remind myself that I’m not on the Tour de Bois.
The low-light of the day was having a truck come past that was spraying herbicide on to the grass and weeds by the roadside. Although he stopped spraying as he passed me, there was still plenty of white vapour in the air for a few seconds, and it was difficult to avoid breathing it in. I can hold my breath for a while during running, but eventually I have to breath. I hope I didn’t get too much of it in my lungs. I know the driver, with his gas mask on, didn’t!!!