24.Jun.2015

Jun 24, 2015

The book – The World at my Feet –  is now officially in the book stores. And the appearance this morning on The Today Show went well. You can view it by clicking on

http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/today/videos/4317040888001/

There is also an article in the Daily Mail in the UK, which you can view by clicking on

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3126004/If-sponsor-ll-definitely-Not-wild-dogs-nor-60-degree-desert-heat-stop-Australian-runner-determined-win-world-Ultra-Marathon-Ashes-British-mate.html

Kevin Carr and I will have a chuckle about the “best mate” claim in the article. We are certainly good friends, though.

The photo for today is similar to one from the past, but this one shows the support vehicle (nearest car on the opposite side of the road) with Carmel standing alongside, waiting for me to run by. This was taken in Arizona after an unexpected dump of snow. I actually enjoyed a great day of running.

 
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Jun 24, 2012

Distance today = 50.88 km; Total distance = 8272.36 km; Location = North Branch, Minnesota – 45 30.711′ N, 92 59.231′ W; Start time = 0836, Finish time = 1701

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/192470815

Despite it being hot and humid, I had a good run today. The countryside was a mix of forests and very green crops, and the roads weren’t too busy and had good shoulders on them.

It sounds counter-intuitive, but I’m finding my appetite is no larger, and perhaps less than, when I’m not covering such distances. I am just not hungry most of the time. If I force myself to eat when I’m not hungry, I end up feeling sick. So last night I had a small dinner, and I didn’t have breakfast before heading off this morning (because I didn’t feel like it). After 11 km I had a small sandwich, and I felt much better today because of it.

Something I’ve noticed in this region of northern Minnesota is the number of Scandinavian names. Further north there was a preponderance of Finnish names, and now it is predominantly Swedish. It’s logical, as the landscape is so similar to Scandinavia, with its green rolling hills, intermingled with thousands of lakes. Early Scandinavian settlers must have found it so much like home. It’s certainly a pleasure to run through.

 

Jun 24, 2013

Distance today = 53.89 km; Total distance = 22,050.41 km; Location = Norseman, WA (26 km north of) – 32 00.281’ S, 121 39.980′ E; Start time = 0749, Finish time = 1621

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/332532410

I knocked over another 54 km today, running through eucalypt forests, with not a town in sight. As you can imagine, it was a day without incident.

One noticeable exception was a massive oversize load. A normal oversize load simply has signs on the truck, indicating as much. If it’s a bit bigger, there’s an escort vehicle driving ahead of the truck. However, if the load takes up both sides of the road, then there are two escort vehicles, as well as a police escort driving down the wrong side of the road, forcing the oncoming traffic to pull over until the oversize load passes. This is what happened today, with two enormous mining diggers being transported north.

The other unusual issue here in WA is the road trains. I have seen numerous two, three, and four carriage road trains. The latter are often 53.5 metres long – more than half the length of a football field. Cars overtaking these behemoths had better make sure they have plenty of time to complete the manoeuvre.

I am now just 26 km north of Norseman. Tomorrow I will run into town, then start eastward, officially beginning my run across the Nullarbor.