Jun 20, 2022
I’m back in Sydney now, so my runs aren’t quite so exotic. More of the same old courses, but I can’t complain too much. There’s plenty of variety around where I live.
All the same, I’d prefer to be out on the road between Yellowdine and Coolgardie, as I was when the video, photos, and blog posts below were taken/written back in 2013.
Jun 18, 2013
Distance today = 60.54 km; Total distance = 21,729.34 km; Location = Yellowdine (35 km east of) – 31 16.203’ S, 120 00.934′ E; Start time = 0735, Finish time = 1713
Today was my first run over 60 km since April 3 last year. I felt pretty good for most of the day, but the best I felt was during the last 3 km. Why? I don’t know, but I’ll take it.
It was very chilly when I started out. In fact, the car’s windscreen was completely covered in ice this morning. But I’ll always vote for cold over heat when it comes to running weather.
I am now running on one of the most remote stretches of the whole run so far. It is 186 km from Southern Cross to Coolgardie, and I’m planning on completing it in three days. So far, so good. Between Yellowdine and Coolgardie, a distance of 156 km, there is absolutely nothing – no towns, shops, petrol stations, or anything else – just scrubby bush. There will be a bit of commuting to and from my stopping points.
It feels a little surreal to be running from Perth to Sydney. It is one of those iconic trips for drivers, like Route 66, but running it makes the whole experience that much more unique. Despite the lack of variety, I’m really enjoying the run so far. I hope I can say the same after the Nullarbor.
Jun 19, 2013
Distance today = 60.09 km; Total distance = 21,789.43 km; Location = Coolgardie (60 km west of) – 31 08.735’ S, 120 36.355′ E; Start time = 0807, Finish time = 1737
Sorry to have missed yesterday’s blog. If you haven’t already, have a read of that one first.
I began this morning in thick fog, with Grace running the first 6 km with me. She had also run the last 5 km with me yesterday, though in very different conditions.
The girls went ahead into Coolgardie fairly early, and dropped off a lot of drinks and food along the way. This worked well. Carmel picked me up later in the day, about 60 km west of Coolgardie. I will run into Coolgardie tomorrow. The tracker, however, is showing me there already, but my official position is 60 km to the west.
I did it a bit tougher than yesterday. It was not an easy day, with very long straight sections of road, bordered by scrubby bush. There was not a single building along the whole course today – it was very remote. There were probably as many road trains as there were cars on the road, but the traffic was not heavy.
Due to the commute to the start this morning, I didn’t finish the 60 km until just after dark. There is plenty of room for me to run on the side of the road, but I still seem to spook the drivers when they see me emerge into their headlights.
I have a long commute to the start tomorrow, so will probably finish in the dark again, but at least I will be finishing at the motel.
Jun 20, 2013
Distance today = 60.13 km; Total distance = 21,849.56 km; Location = Coolgardie – 30 57.223’ S, 121 09.985′ E; Start time = 0734, Finish time = 1710
A great 60 km run on a great day – the weather was absolutely perfect. And Grace again ran the last 6 km with me. She’s now totalled more than 40 km with me.
Carmel dropped me off early – in fact, despite a 60 km commute from the motel, it was still my earliest start of the entire world run – and she then hid food and drinks at strategic locations along my route. This worked very well.
A couple of days back, I ran through Yellowdine – population 4. Today I passed through Bullabulling, which I believe has a population of 2. I didn’t actually see anyone.
I am also starting to see more kangaroo road kill. I think I counted four of them today.
Tomorrow will be a shorter day, with a simple run into Kalgoorlie. It will be nice, after three 60 km days in a row. It will also be Grace’s last night.
Special thanks to Rebecca and Toby at the Coolgardie Goldrush Motel, for giving us a 2 for 1 deal on the accommodation. They and the team have been very generous and hospitable. We have also enjoyed playing with the four kittens at the motel. It’s hard to believe anything could be more playful than those four.