Apr 8, 2012

Distance today = 52.88 km; Total distance = 4732.09 km; Location = San Ysidro (13 km west of) – 35 35.574′ N, 106 53.329′ W; Start time = 0841, Finish time = 1628


No great drama, but today was not one of my best. I just didn’t have a lot of energy and did it a bit tough during the third quarter, but I picked up as the day drew to a close.

A local Albuquerque news crew did some filming on the road just near the end, which helped to pass the time. We’ll try to get that footage posted within the next few days.

We’ve found a new way for the girls to support me during the days when there are no shops or service stations along the way. I decide on certain mile markers, and the support crew drive ahead and leave drinks and food at these pre-arranged locations for me to pick up as I pass by. This allows the girls to go ahead and arrange the accommodation for the day, without having to sit out on the road all day waiting for me. I have even worked out a way to “carry my empties”, as I won’t discard any rubbish while on the road. Apparently many others don’t think similarly, as the sides of the roads are veritable pig sties, with rubbish strewn everywhere. I refuse to follow suit, and arrive in with empty drink bottles tied to my running belt.

Once again, I had no tracker reception, so it is showing me in the same place as yesterday. Tomorrow will be different, as I know my destination has reception, but until then, refer to the Garmin link for my exact location.

On a lighter note, the girls made me wear Easter Bunny ears for the last little bit of today’s run. You can see how this looks in the photos.

And I was very surprised to hear that yesterday the Sunday Telegraph newspaper in Sydney featured a crossword puzzle in which I was one of the clues. This was definitely a first. Oh well, once again I am simply part of the question, and not the answer.