Jul 13, 2013

Distance for July 12 = 54.00 km; Total distance = 23,031.22 km; Location = Yalata (52 km west of) – 31 21.780’ S, 131 17.512′ E; Start time = 0837, Finish time = 1724

Distance for today = 57.00 km; Total distance = 23,088.22 km; Location = Yalata – 31 30.910’ S, 131 51.715′ E; Start time = 0821, Finish time = 1706



Yesterday passed very quickly. Numerous people stopped to talk to me, and I received a few long phone calls from friends. It’s amazing how quickly a day can pass when you get distracted.

I also saw four dingoes, and the crew were being circled by another at the camping ground. I think that one was looking for food. They were all quite lean. As Chips would say, they were “like a robber’s dog”.

Carmel, Jeff, and Michael took a detour from the highway to see the Head of the Bight, where numerous whales were milling around in the ocean. It’s well known for whales, and is the most northerly part of the Great Australian Bight. They raved about it. I’ve seen whales up close before, so I didn’t feel too bad about missing out.

I reached the 23,000 km milestone yesterday – only a little over 3,000 km to go.

Today was a lot more hilly then I expected. We’ve left the Nullarbor Plain, and are back into undulating countryside with lots of eucalypt forests either side of the road. Jeff and Michael continue to do a lot of cycling, and Jeff has been running with me regularly.

The highlight of today was the arrival of Chook and Silvia. They will be with us for about a week. For those who have been long time followers of this blog, you’ll recall that Chook (aka Roger) met up with us last October in the US, along with his brother, Don, and ran a total of 117 km me, including 37 km of the Boston Marathon during Hurricane Sandy. He will be doing a lot more running with me over the next few days.