Feb 24, 2012

Distance today = 33.34 km; Total distance = 2526.87 km; Location = Santa Barbara – 34 25.524′ N, 119 42.694′ W; Start time = 1016, Finish time = 1512


Woke to a beautiful birthday morning, along with singing and presents from the support crew. What a nice way to start the day.

After a late start (I had planned a short run today), I was only 7 km into it when I received a phone call. It turned out to be from the Ellen Degeneres Show. A girl spoke with me for some time about the possibility of being on the show. At the time of writing this blog, I am not sure whether this will happen or not. Will keep you posted.

I continued on, over the highest point so far in the US – the mountain range behind Santa Barbara, at about 700 metres above sea level. I will go higher than this on many occasions to come.

From there it was a long drop into the city. Running along one of the main streets I had my first fall of the trip. My phone handled it better than I did. Despite flying to a height of many metres before landing in the gutter, the phone does not have a scratch on it. I, on the other hand, lost a small amount of skin around my left knee, and a little from the palms of my hands. Pretty good for over 2,500 km of running, though.

For those regular readers of this blog, you will recall I spoke previously about Tony Mangan, who is also running around the world (following a different course and different criteria to me). I also promised to introduce you to another – Jesper Olsen – who happens to be here in the US at the moment as well.

Jesper is an old hand at running around the world. This is his second time. In 2004/05, he run in a similar direction to what I am doing now. However, in 2008, Jesper began a north-south run, from the tip of Scandinavia, through Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. After taking nine months off to recover from injuries and illnesses he contracted in Africa, Jesper started again last year at the tip of South America, and is currently on his way to finishing in northern Canada. He is presently in South Carolina. It’s a great feat, and it is well worth following his adventures on www.worldrun.org.

I’d also like to congratulate Pat Farmer, who is back in Australia after his pole to pole run. Although having to alter his plans a bit due to weather, it was a mighty effort regardless, including (I’m led to believe) a new world record for covering the distance from the edge of Antartica to the South Pole on foot. Puts my efforts back in perspective.

Tonight we will celebrate my birthday in Santa Barbara. More on this in tomorrow’s instalment.