09.Apr.2017

Apr 9, 2017

To start, I’d like to congratulate Serge Girard, who finished his run around the world yesterday in Paris. He covered the 26,232 km (he actually ran a few Ks further than that) in 434 days, a new world record, easily eclipsing the times of myself and Kevin Carr. It was a great effort, Serge. Well done.

I’m writing this from Helsinki Airport as I wait for a connecting flight to Paris and then on to Monte Carlo. It’s a pity my itinerary was fixed some time ago and I don’t have time to stop off and congratulate Serge in person.

Travelling creates difficulties for running, especially as I need to get in some type of run during the day in order to maintain my unbroken sequence, which will reach thirteen years in August. In the past I’ve spent time running in airport terminals, though I won’t have to do that this time.

The past two days I ran in the small Connecticut town of Essex. As mentioned last time, Essex was one of the stopovers during my world run. I really like staying at the historic Griswold Inn, which was built in 1776. On Friday I covered the last few miles that I ran into town back in 2012, and then yesterday I ran the first couple of miles along the same route I took out of town the following day. It was a great way to relive the journey. The weather conditions were very similar too.

This photo was taken in Arizona, near the town of Quartzite. Wyatt Earp was the sheriff of Quartzite for a short while. The only proper road across the state in these parts is the Christopher Columbus Transcontinental Highway, which pedestrians are discouraged from using. So I ran on this trail that roughly paralleled the highway. It wasn’t too bad, but I was constantly worried it would peter out. And it did, requiring me to do a few kilometres  later on the freeway. Luckily I didn’t get arrested.

 

 

On This Day

 

Apr 9, 2012

Distance today = 50.61 km; Total distance = 4782.70 km; Location = Bernalillo, New Mexico – 35 19.185′ N, 106 32.751′ W; Start time = 0920, Finish time = 1655

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/166555858

As you will see from the new video at the top of the page, the Albuquerque TV station, KOB 4, aired a story on my run on last night’s news. I like the way the footage focuses on the actual running. You can see how slowly I make my way during this adventure.

This led to innumerous waves and horn beeps today as I made my way slowly towards the city. At one point a guy called Travis stopped and offered me some water, telling me how he saw me on the news last night. Thanks Travis – it’s nice to have this sort of acknowledgement along the way.

You might also have noticed how the menu bar on this web site is out of whack. This is my fault. I was trying to add a map showing my route so far. All I succeeded in doing was ruining the menu bar. I am going to have to call on my extremely competent sponsors, Next Digital, to clean up my mess. Hopefully it won’t take too long.

To finish, I thought I’d comment on something slightly obtuse – the smell of skunks. I have gotten used to this aroma in recent months, as I reckon there have been at least ten dead skunks I have passed at close quarters. I don’t know how much stronger the smell gets when they are alive and emit the scent from their glands in your presence – perhaps it’s much worse. While I’ve found the skunk scent to be quite uninviting, I reckon it’s still a distant second to the stench of rotting road kill (I should add that the skunks have not been dead long enough for the road kill component to be a factor). All the same, I wouldn’t want to get skunk “juice” on my clothes – they’d be going straight into the garbage bin. No wonder the cat with the painted tail was so intent on escaping from Pepe le Pew.

 

Apr 9, 2013

Distance today = 52.06 km; Total distance = 19,226.20 km; Location = Pelhrimov, Czechia (4 km north of) – 49 27.329′ N, 15 11.203′ E; Start time = 0829, Finish time = 1650

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/295628381

Another very hilly day. I no sooner went down one hill, than I had to start up another – almost nothing flat today.

It was a bit more grey today, but I did see some nice sun during the afternoon, and the temperatures must have gone close to reaching double figures. We’ll crack it soon.

The Bohemian countryside is becoming slightly greener as I move south. The grass has obviously been affected by being under snow for long periods this winter. There was still a lot of old snow on the ground today, and several reasonably sized lakes that were still completely frozen over. That’s amazing for April 9. That said, it won’t take too long for them to thaw if conditions like today continue.

The milestone for today was the website reaching half a million hits – and the hit counter was only added last October. If everyone tells a friend to start following the site, it should reach a million hits before I finish in September.