Mar 27, 2017

I’m back in Sydney now after three days in Mudgee. I didn’t do too much running there, but I did enjoy what I did do. There was a lot more cycling, which is the reason I was there anyway. Later in the year (late July through to the end of August) I’ll be cycling in France and Italy, including the Alps, Pyrenees, Dolomites, and Mont Ventoux, so I need to do a lot more cycling training before then. But before then I intend to run the six day race in the Simpson Desert. That will help me somewhat to get fit for cycling, but it won’t prepare me fully for climbing giant mountains on my bike.

Another great photo from Monument Valley. I hope no one is getting bored with these photos. I certainly didn’t get bored running through Monument Valley, nor reminiscing about it when I look at the photos. By the way, it was five years ago today that I reached Kayenta, the gateway to Monument Valley. The next day I crossed the state line in Utah, arriving in Monument Valley.



On This Day


Mar 27, 2012

Distance today = 44.26 km; Total distance = 4104.31 km; Location = Kayenta, Arizona – 36 42.439′ N, 110 15.228′ W; Start time = 0914, Finish time = 1525


A relatively short run of 44 km today, courtesy of the long day yesterday. I am now in Kayenta, which is the gateway to Monument Valley from the Arizona side. Tomorrow I’ll cross the border into Utah and enter Monument Valley.

On the side of the road today I saw an empty Fosters beer can. I’d have a harder time trying to find one in Australia. In fact, there were plenty of beer cans and whiskey bottles along the side of the road within the Navajo Reservation, which is at odds with the fact that no alcohol is sold within its jurisdictional limits. I suspect some go outside to buy their drinks, and consume them before getting home, ditching the empties along the way. Not good for the environment, or for the aesthetics of the place. In general, however, the Navajo people are very friendly, and I’ve had a chat with several as I’ve passed them hitchhiking on the side of the road. In fact, I’d estimate that 95% of the people I’ve met over the past four days have been Navajos, which is quite a refreshing change – it really makes you feel like you’re in another land.

Apologies about the lack of tracking ability. Reception appears to be getting worse. In fact, there were no tracker updates at all today. You can thank T-Mobile for that. As mentioned, I’m actually in Kayenta, not the fifty or so kilometres down the road that the tracker is showing. I have no idea when it will next update.


Mar 27, 2013

Distance today = 49.74 km; Total distance = 18,566.57 km; Location = Ulm, Germany – 48 23.952′ N, 09 59.042′ E; Start time = 0823, Finish time = 1645


This was the coldest day of the world run so far. There was a very cold day last year, into Prescott AZ, but I was unprepared then. Today I was prepared, and I still felt it. My Garmin thermometer registered negative temperatures all day long, despite me carrying it.

However, as they say about anger and grief, you can’t let it consume you, and this is also true in regard to cursing the weather. You just have to “let it go”. So, I now just laugh at the weather, or perhaps ‘with it’.

Running in Germany is a real dichotomy – if there is a cycle path, and there are lots of them, then running here is a joy – if there isn’t, then running is a nightmare. There’s no real in-between. German drivers seem to be nervous about anyone being anywhere near the road, even two metres off the road in the snow, which is where I try to be when cars come by. It takes away the enjoyment when I constantly have to jump into the snow, and still cop some abuse from drivers, despite trying to make life easier for them.  I’ll just have to try harder to find the cycle paths.

I finished the day in the town of Ulm. Last October, I ran through Princeton in New Jersey, and now I am in Ulm. Here’s a trivia question for readers, but please respond only if you know the answer, without having to Google it. What is the link between Princeton and Ulm?