Oct 31, 2014
I can finally release the link to the ESPN documentary, for all those who have not been able to view it yet. Just click onto watch it on You Tube.
I would like to mention that, besides the videos and Carmel’s wonderful photos, the documentary is based on two sit-down interviews I gave. One of these was in Connecticut, just after the half way mark, while the other was after the finish, when I’d had time to recover. You will note how haggard I look in the mid run Connecticut interview, with blotched skin and lifeless hair. I actually felt pretty good at the time, but the camera says otherwise.
You may also hear and see references to me being 51 years old. I’m actually now 53.
Also, if interested, have a look at the World Runners Association web site to view the current world records, of which I now hold two, one of which (the Oldest to Circumnavigate the Earth on Foot) will soon be eclipsed when Tony Mangan’s run is ratified.
Now that Tony has finished his world run, it means only Kevin Carr is left on the road attempting a world run (at least that I’m aware of). You can follow Kevin on www.hardwayround.com. Kevin is currently in Canada and has just crossed the border from Saskatchewan to Manitoba.
My injury continues to show modest improvement and I was able to run for 45 minutes this morning without much difficulty. I’m just going to have to be very careful and show it some respect.
On This Day
Oct 31, 2012
Distance today = 45.41 km; Total distance = 13,929.03 km; Location = Manchester, Massachusetts – 42 34.298′ N, 70 46.247′ W; Start time = 0841, Finish time = 1532
I have now officially completed the US leg of my run around the world.
I began the day by heading out of Boston toward the north-east. By lunchtime I had reached the town of Salem, famous for the witch hunts of the 1600s. It may have an even darker side, with some suggesting it is the inspiration for the city of Salem in the soap opera Days Of Our Lives.
I eventually reached the town of Manchester, which is nestled on a bay on the Atlantic coast. I dipped my feet in the ocean to symbolize the end of the journey across North America, thereby ending my US leg. I have run 12,035 km (7,478 miles) in the US since mid February. I doubt too many people have done that in a single year. I have also run though 25 of the 50 states.
Tomorrow night we fly to Chile, where I will begin my trek across South America. It will take a couple of days to get sorted out, so the blog will take a hiatus till then – probably resuming on Nov 3.
PS Chook and Don left this morning to take the car back to its home in Denver. Chook ran an amazing 117 km with me this past week, from a low running base. He just kept on going. It was great to have him and Don along for part of the journey.
PPS I took a wrong turn this morning, resulting in some backtracking. I have subtracted 360 metres from the Garmin data.