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A U- turn. Day 20: 54.4 kms  (11/13/2008)

Last night Deborah run out of Smithton back along the road she had just run into Smithton on.   If you have been following our itinerary you would be saying right now, “they’re going the wrong way!” According to our schedule we should be continuing west from Smithton heading towards the Western Explorer road. The thing is the Western Explorer road has gravel, steep hills, sharp turns and is very isolated, it’s almost as one friend put it a billy goat track. Also the road has only been opened a few weeks as it has been closed most of the year due to a fire going through that area earlier this year. Deborah and I originally wanted to run this road again, we ran it last time when we run around Tasmania, as those quite back roads are great for running on because it means I can run free from the leash and there is no traffic to worry about and we thought as we were in Smithton to visit the BB’s why not go down that road again. The thing is isolated difficult roads may be great for runners or if you want to break or set a record without doing any fundraising but they are not the best place to be if you are doing a fundraising event. If you want to raise money for the charity you are representing you need to run when there are people. With that thought in mind and the fact that the road isn’t in great condition to drive two 14 metre long 4WD’s and caravans down we decided to do a U-turn and head back to Wynyard and then proceed south via the Heller Gorge road. Deborah and I are delighted with this decision as it added an extra $1500 to our fundraising tally today. And as for the isolated roads Deborah and I will see plenty of them up north but right now with the fantastic media exposure we are receiving both locally and nationally we need to be seen so we can achieve our goal of raising over $300,000 for the NBCF. 

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