Mar 28, 2012

Distance today = 53.21 km; Total distance = 4157.52 km; Location = Monument Valley – 37 04.049′ N, 110 02.668′ W; Start time = 0851, Finish time = 1630


Another tough one today. Not sure why – perhaps I’m missing the resveratrol in the red wine that I can’t get on the Navajo Reservation. I felt low on energy and a bit sore in the legs. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

A young Navajo woman stopped today and had a chat with me. She said she’d seen me on the road twice in the past two days, and decided to stop on the third occasion (I assume her work requires her to drive the length of the reservation on a daily basis). When I told her what I was doing, she gave me a donation – a nice touch.

While I have reached Monument Valley, I won’t get to the location of the Forrest Gump scene until mid morning tomorrow. However, there are still some great photos posted from today, so don’t miss them on the Home page.

I’m now in Utah; my third US state of the run. They will be coming thicker and faster from now on, after six weeks spent in California and Arizona. I expect to chalk up at least twenty states during the US leg of the run.

I still can’t send any tracker updates on a regular basis, although I’ve managed to get one away from the hotel tonight (but it’s not quite my official position). I guess I can’t expect too much, being out in the middle of the desert as I am. My official run position is approximately 15 km inside the Utah border, north-east of Kayenta.

To finish, I received a message tonight from Jason, the ball boy from my days playing football for the Warilla Gorillas – we’re talking 30 years ago. It’s great to get messages of support from people I haven’t seen or heard from for years. Thanks Jason.