20.Aug.2013

Aug 20, 2013

Distance today = 54.22 km; Total distance = 25,099.31 km; Location = Brisbane Ranges – 37 45.714’ S, 144 16.036′ E; Start time = 0828, Finish time = 1701

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The weather improved a bit today, although it was very cold at times. Despite the rain threatening for much of the day, I essentially remained dry.

Jeff ran the first 16 km with me, through forests on dirt roads. We hardly saw a car. The hills and dirt, however, ensured it was slow going.

The rest of the day was quite hilly, through lovely countryside on very quiet roads. I was greeted at one stage by three goats, five sheep, a black calf, and an alpaca, all of which coexisted in a small field. They ran up to the fence to meet me as I ran by them. It was cute to see how they were all good friends.

Carmel has now arrived back, and Michael has headed back to Melbourne. He has done an amazing job, and I couldn’t have continued without him.

Finally, I was quite disturbed by the news of the murdered Australian in the US, shot by bored youths as he jogged along the highway. This could so easily have been me, given the amount of time I spent running on US roads last year. I guess I was lucky, “dodging a bullet”, so to speak. I feel much safer running in Australia, where we have very strong gun control laws.