Sep 20, 2012

Distance today = 49.32 km; Total distance = 11,918.97 km; Location = Uniontown – 39 52.771′ N, 79 42.177′ W; Start time = 0812, Finish time = 1614


It was another very hilly day, but I managed two milestones along the way. Firstly, I ran across the West Virginia state-line into Pennsylvania, reaching my 20th US state of the run so far. The border itself is the old Mason-Dixon Line, which defined the transition from non-slave to slave states just prior to the Civil War.

Pennsylvania was one of the original 13 US states (for those who don’t know, the 13 original states at the time of independence are represented by the 13 red stripes on the US flag – the 50 stars, of course, represent the 50 current states). The state is named after William Penn, who was granted the land in 1681 by Charles II of England.

Later in the day I reached 10,000 km run in the US. This was a big milestone. I have also run 10,000 feet vertically in the past three days. It’s certainly taking a toll on my legs – like running up a 10,000 feet high hill, and then down again.

I also almost ran over another snake today. It was warming itself in the sun on the shoulder of the road. It was quite docile, and didn’t pay much attention to me or the passing cars. It did, however, move from time to time. I had a close look, and it appeared to have suffered no injuries – just having a lazy bake in the sun. Not sure what type it was – certainly not a rattler – but it was reddish-brown in colour and about four feet long.