Jul 22, 2017
This time tomorrow I’ll be high above the Indian Ocean, on my way to Milan to begin our 4,000 km cycling tour. As was the case in 2007/09/11, Dave and Jo will be accompanying Carmel and me. But this time Jane and Peter will be on the journey too. The guys will be riding, while the girls will be off having fun each day in the car. We’ll wave goodbye each morning and see them when we arrive in the next night’s accommodation.
We’ll start riding from Milan’s Malpensa Airport on Monday, finishing a short day at the town of Biella. The following day sees us finish in the shadow of Mont Blanc, on the Italian side. On Wednesday we ride over the Alps and into France. Stay tuned for regular updates.
Another photo here from NZ during my run around the world. This was taken on my way into Dunedin. In fact, this location was pretty much the most southerly point I reached during the entire world run. And it was only the sixth day of the entire run.
On This Day
Jul 22, 2012
Distance today = 51.29 km; Total distance = 9555.86 km; Location = Bellflower, Illinois (5 km north of) – 40 21.786′ N, 88 29.887′ W; Start time = 0840 Finish time = 1644
The weather prediction was for 37 C today, so I approached the day with some trepidation. However, the cloud cover and steady breeze made it a lot more comfortable than I had expected. In the end, I had quite a good day through the corn and soy bean fields.
There is quite a severe drought in this region, and I saw a lot of corn crops today that have pretty much been destroyed by lack of water. This is considered the hottest summer in the US in recorded history, other than 1936 – and that was a somewhat anomalous year where the high temperatures were partially due to the Kansas Dustbowl creating a desert-like effect that trapped the hot weather system. The Weather Channel announced that today there would be 60 million Americans experiencing heat at levels dangerous to a person’s health, with many cities in the 40s Celsius. And here I am running 50 km in it.
I’m sorry to harp on about Garmin watches, but I’ve been disappointed again. After buying a new watch in Chicago, the battery is already deteriorating badly. The first day was fine, then it lasted less the next day, and the next, and today it died before I had finished my run – it lasted less than six and a half hours, despite being advertised as having an eight hour range. I’ve always thought the Garmin cycle computers were good, but the watches leave a lot to be desired. The battery technology is simply not up to scratch. It looks like I am going to have to recharge it in the car each day, which will mean having two tracks per day.
PS There is no mobile phone coverage around here at all, and no internet at the motel (prehistoric), so we have had to go to a restaurant that has wifi. Please note, therefore, that the tracker is showing my position at the restaurant, but the real run position is about 15 km to the south west.
Jul 22, 2013
Distance for today = 58.46 km; Total distance = 23,562.20 km; Location = Pygery, SA – 33 01.248’ S, 135 24.485′ E; Start time = 0848, Finish time = 1714
Another big day, with unsettled weather during the morning. The afternoon, however, was bright and sunny. I was running on a very quiet road, with hardly any traffic at all.
Jeff rode 102 km, passing me late in the morning, along with two girls on bikes, Danielle & Deb, who originally passed me some 1,300 km ago, back at Fraser Range.
If you enjoy reading about my run, you will probably also like to follow Kevin Carr, a young Brit, who will be starting his world run this coming Sunday. His site is www.mountainmarathonman.com. And don’t forget Tony Mangan, on www.theworldjog.com.