May 10, 2017

While my training for the race next month continues to go well, I’ve also started on the logistics. Each runner has to be responsible for themselves for much of the race and the time in between the running.

Besides various meals, one also must provide bedding that can be transported between the start and finish of each stage. Yesterday I bought a high tech mattress for the event, made from lots of tiny cells that can also be inflated for additional padding. It can be folded into a tiny space. It’s going to be an interesting experience getting all this paraphernalia together.

I’ve added a link below to an additional video the ABC TV online team put together about last week’s segment. Click below if you’d like to see this.


To finish, below is another photo from the Colorado Rockies during my world run. As I’ve mentioned before, a lot of the running in the Rockies was on flat roads like this at 8000 feet of elevation. However, there were always lots of much higher peaks in the distance.



On This Day



May 10, 2013

Distance today = 50.20 km; Total distance = 20,718.51 km; Location = Harmanli, Bulgaria – 41 55.091′ N, 25 55.787′ E; Start time = 0849, Finish time = 1715


A bit hillier, a bit hotter, and a bit busier, made for a tougher day. I’m looking forward to a quieter road tomorrow, and probably from here to Istanbul.

Last night we experienced real Bulgarian cuisine, as well as some of the local liquor. The waiter brought us out a glass of Bulgarian schnapps that he’d made. It was smooth enough going down, but the after taste was that of duplicating fluid from the old Gestetner machines.  One glass was enough for the four of us.

Tonight we’re staying in a fantastic hotel on a river – the Prikazkite, which means “fairy tale” in Bulgarian. It looks like it could be right out of a fairy tale. I’m looking forward to a few beers with Barry in the garden by the river. If he has enough, he may even do his pixie dance. He is now up to 40 km in total, after his run with me this afternoon.