Aug 2, 2013

Distance today = 50.17 km; Total distance = 24,145.37 km; Location = Sandy Creek – 34 36.081’ S, 138 42.213′ E; Start time = 0833, Finish time = 1632


It’s hard to enjoy a run when the weather is as atrocious as it was today. A howling westerly wind, and regular squalls of horizontal rain, along with single digit temperatures, made it a day of which I was keen to see the end.

It’s a pity, as I was running through the heart of the Barossa Valley, widely regarded as where the world’s best shiraz is produced. It’s a beautiful region, dotted with winery after winery, and lovely towns like Kapunda, Nuriootpa, Tanunda, and Lyndoch. I passed some of the biggest of the wineries today, including Penfold’s, Wolf Blass, Peter Lehman, Grant Burge, and Jacob’s Creek. The latter is named after an actual creek which flows between the vineyards.

Carmel, Sue, and Bob spent the day checking out many of the wineries and local shops. They put me on to a German bakery in Lyndoch, where I had one of the best meat pies of the whole world run – it was definitely in the top three.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading into Adelaide, the biggest city I’ve been to since leaving Perth.