Apr 28, 2013

Distance today = 50.37 km; Total distance = 20,120.62 km; Location = Smederevo – 44 39.320′ N, 20 55.906′ E; Start time = 0820, Finish time = 1857


It was a long, hard day, but a very productive one, all the same.

We began the day by completing the filming with the Channel 9 crew. We’d had a very nice dinner the previous evening with Simon and Greg in the old part of Belgrade, where the whole city appeared to have gathered – the Serbs really enjoy their Saturday night out in the city.

This morning involved different shots of me running through the city, as well as an interview on the river bank. We’d finished filming by mid-morning. I bid farewell to the guys, and driver Zoran, and headed off to the east.

Belgrade was abuzz, especially for a Sunday morning. There was activity of all sorts, including lots of traffic on the road. It was a tough run, and the 35C (95F) temperature made it harder than normal. It was also a lot hillier than the past couple of weeks has been.

A lot of the latter part of the run was along the banks of the Danube. However, I think today was the last time I’ll be seeing this river on the world run.

I am hoping tomorrow is a bit cooler, but I’m not holding my breath. After one of the longest and coldest winters on record, there was an almost instantaneous transition to, what is now, the hottest spring ever.