Mar 6, 2015
Good news! The online interactive Runner’s World article about my run around the world will be free for everyone to view. I have had a sneak preview and it’s an outstanding piece, very professionally produced, and is a “must see” for anyone interested in the run. It’s possible to zoom in to any part of the route and access information and photographs from that location. There is also a section outlining many other aspects of the run and important statistics. I’ll be sure to post the link as soon as I’m able. It is imminent. And the paper magazine article will be in the news stands on Tuesday (March 10).
Kevin Carr is powering his way across Argentina. Yesterday he covered nearly 75 km. However, that’s a standard day now for Kevin, if he is to set a new world record. It will be exciting to follow Kevin’s progress over the remaining five weeks of his world run.
On This Day
Mar 6, 2012
Distance today = 63.33 km; Total distance = 3073.02 km; Location = Brawley, California – 32 58.673′ N, 115 30.923′ W; Start time = 0913, Finish time = 1818
And today’s highlight was …………. a dust storm.
It was a long day through the desert, and I was struggling mentally – until the dust storm hit. The novelty of the occasion actually helped me through the rest of the day. There should be some photos and a video at some stage, although the worst of it was just on dark, when photography didn’t do it justice. I really needed my shower tonight, and all my clothes need to be washed. All I can smell is dust.
Another highlight was when a nice CHiPs officer pulled over to see if I needed anything, which one often does in the middle of the desert. We ended up talking running for a while – he has done several half marathons.
Then tonight at dinner we met an Aussie physicist, who is in Brawley to do experiments on a new geophysical instrument. He and his colleague are going to provide me with some water on the road tomorrow, as they will be working just off the road at about the 38 km mark of my run.
I am now going to bed, as I’m tired. Yes, it does happen, especially after a 63 km day in a dust storm. It was a longer run than I would have preferred, but I couldn’t see the point in having the support crew come out to meet me with less than 10 km to the hotel.
The next three days to Blythe will be shorter. My body will appreciate it.
Mar 6, 2013
Distance today = 47.45 km; Total distance = 17,517.98 km; Location = Mauressargues, France – 43 57.527′ N, 04 09.617′ E; Start time = 0840, Finish time = 1634
Like yesterday, it rained all day today, but at least there was no wind and the temperatures were higher. It wasn’t such a bad day, although I’m looking forward to some drier weather.
I passed through several towns and villages, on my way out of the southern Central Massif region and into western Provence. One town was St Hippolyte du Fort, where I had my bike repaired 18 months ago. The same guy was working in the shop.
I also passed through the medieval village of Sauve, with buildings that looked so old it’s amazing they’re still standing. They knew something about building structures in those days.
On the way, I passed the two-thirds milestone. Just one-third of the run to go now.
I finished in Mauressargues, at the same B&B we stayed at in 2011 with Jenny, Jo, and Dave. By the way, Jo and Dave are joining us in about five weeks time for a couple of weeks in the support crew. So are The Hud and Sue. You may recall that the Hud ran with me on the first day of this run, from the Sydney Opera House. He also got a big mention in the blog about a year ago, when a new running distance of 167.7 km was named a “Hud”. And Jenny travelled with us from San Francisco to Phoenix last year.
We are staying with our lovely hosts, Florence and Vincent. I’ll report more on our evening in tomorrow’s blog.