Apr 29, 2022
More from Serbia today, during late April in 2013. This was when Simon Bouda from Channel 9 did a story on my run. You’ll see plenty from that occasion in the photos.
Apr 27, 2013
Distance today = 46.27 km; Total distance = 20,070.25 km; Location = Belgrade – 44 48.748′ N, 20 25.960′ E; Start time = 0858, Finish time = 1724
Quite a different run today. I was met on the road this morning by Simon and Greg, who had flown in to film a piece on my run for the Nine Network. It was an interesting and novel way to get through the day, with various footage recorded in towns, villages, and in the open countryside. Anyhow, I won’t go into too much detail here, as I’m sure you will get to see the real thing eventually – either on TV or later on this site.
It was another hot one, with a top of 32C (90F), and more cloudless skies. I felt the heat got to me a little today – I have certainly had easier days. But, with my mind taken off these issues by the filming, it ended up easier than it might have been.
Tonight we’re in Belgrade. We’ll be doing some more filming tomorrow morning, as I run through the old town and out of the city, on my way toward Bulgaria.
Apr 28, 2013
Distance today = 50.37 km; Total distance = 20,120.62 km; Location = Smederevo – 44 39.320′ N, 20 55.906′ E; Start time = 0820, Finish time = 1857
It was a long, hard day, but a very productive one, all the same.
We began the day by completing the filming with the Channel 9 crew. We’d had a very nice dinner the previous evening with Simon and Greg in the old part of Belgrade, where the whole city appeared to have gathered – the Serbs really enjoy their Saturday night out in the city.
This morning involved different shots of me running through the city, as well as an interview on the river bank. We’d finished filming by mid-morning. I bid farewell to the guys, and driver Zoran, and headed off to the east.
Belgrade was abuzz, especially for a Sunday morning. There was activity of all sorts, including lots of traffic on the road. It was a tough run, and the 35C (95F) temperature made it harder than normal. It was also a lot hillier than the past couple of weeks has been.
A lot of the latter part of the run was along the banks of the Danube. However, I think today was the last time I’ll be seeing this river on the world run.
I am hoping tomorrow is a bit cooler, but I’m not holding my breath. After one of the longest and coldest winters on record, there was an almost instantaneous transition to, what is now, the hottest spring ever.
Apr 29, 2013
Distance today = 50.97 km; Total distance = 20,171.59 km; Location = Markovac – 44 14.978′ N, 21 05.797′ E; Start time = 0823, Finish time = 1724
A good solid day of running today – nothing special to report. The mercury did hit 36C (97F), but I felt fine.
It was a flat day again, through numerous small Serbian villages. There were lots of paths by the road, so it was my best day in quite a while in that regard – there was hardly any running in the traffic.
Just a bit of background on Serbia, for those who are unaware. In more recent times, Serbia has become known for tennis, with several highly ranked current and former players originating from here, including the men’s world number one, Novak Djokovic.
However, many would be unaware of another Serbian who, arguably, has had a greater effect on the lives of everyone alive today than any other person. Nikola Tesla was the greatest electrical engineer who has ever lived, and so much of what we rely on today can be traced back to him, including AC power. I won’t go into a lecture on Tesla here, but if you take time to Google him, you will be astounded at the number of ways he has impacted modern life – probably the greatest ever Serbian, and one of the greatest minds the world has ever known.
PS One of the down-sides of the now warm weather is mosquitoes. A beautifully warm night in an outside restaurant is being somewhat spoiled by these pests.