Apr 7, 2017
After having run in Washington DC, where I did in fact run right past the Whitehouse and up to the Washington Monument, and in New York City in the rain, I’m now in Connecticut and will shortly be having a run in the lovely little village of Essex.
I know Essex well. The last time I was here was on my run around the world, when I ran right up to the famous Griswold Inn where we stayed that night with Chook and Don. We also caught up with my former colleague, Betsy, on that occasion, and I’ll again catch up with her on this trip. And last night I stayed with friends further west in Connecticut, David and Laura Downie. Carmel and I also stayed with them on my world run. So that will be three days in a row I’ve intersected with my world run course, two of which included old friends. Good memories.
Don’t forget to donate to my charity page for the Big Red Run, if you can. Raising money for juvenile diabetes research is mandatory for entry into the race. Any amount, no matter how small, will help. You can choose to donate anonymously or otherwise. It’s your choice. Just click on the following link.
Here’s a long shot of the photo I posted a couple of days ago. Once again, the Colorado town of Fairplay (the real South Park) is way on the background, with some of the peaks of the Rockies clearly visible.
On This Day
Apr 7, 2012
Distance today = 47.02 km; Total distance = 4679.21 km; Location = Cuba, New Mexico – 36 01.514′ N, 106 57.629′ W; Start time = 0903, Finish time = 1558
Today I crossed the North American Continental Divide. This is the ridge-line through the Rocky Mountains that divides the directions in which the rivers flow. Any rain that falls on the eastern side of the Divide will flow into the Atlantic Ocean, and that which falls on the western side will flow into the Pacific. This means I’m now on the eastern side of the Rockies.
It was another nice but uneventful run, although a little disturbing to see the number of roadside memorials along this stretch. Usually taking the form of a cross with flowers, there appears to be one on average every mile or so. A particularly distressing case was a large cross with four slightly smaller crosses, two either side. There were no names, but I assume it was dedicated to a parent and four children. Very sad.
I arrived into the town of Cuba today under bright April sunshine – true story. This could only mean one thing, so watch the video (it should be posted soon after this blog). Obviously the sound quality is dubious in the open air, and the singing exhibits clear signs of having just run 47 km without using my voice. But, anyway, I hope you enjoy this excerpt from a 1970s Australian/NZ hit song.
I got the tracker to update when I arrived, via the hotel wireless system. At least you can see where I am currently situated, even if there were no updates during the run.
Apr 7, 2013
Distance today = 47.72 km; Total distance = 19,123.43 km; Location = Prague, Czechia – 50 05.150′ N, 14 25.345′ E; Start time = 0842, Finish time = 1607
I awoke this morning to grey skies again – no surprise there. But, by the time I walked out the door to start running, it was snowing again. The snow continued, fairly lightly, for the first hour or so, let up for a while, and then recommenced for a short period in the early afternoon. I finished, however, in Prague in a bit of sunshine.
The day was generally uneventful (though Carmel saw a car accident, with a car completely engulfed in flames), as I made my way in to the country’s capital. As I’ve mentioned before, running through the outer suburbs of a large city is uninspiring, but the inner city of Prague is a different matter. It is one of those grand old European cities, and I’m looking forward to exploring it some more this evening.
BTW, this region of the Czech Republic is historically known as Bohemia (as in Queen’s Rhapsody), and it goes back a long, long time. It’s named after the Boii tribe, which settled here when forced north after losing a series of battles with the Romans in the 2nd century BC. The landscape is not as green as I imagined, probably because the grass has been covered with snow for so much of the past several months.
I am now at the most northerly point of my entire world run, just over 50 degrees above the equator. From here, it’s all south.