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Gale force head winds coupled with rain. Day 43, 56.4km  (12/6/2008)

Did you know that in Tasmania last November it was the coldest and wettest for a long time? We here at Running Pink are starting to believe that December is shaping up the same way. Yesterday Deborah and I started the day with okay skies but a very strong head wind but we still managed a good run into St Helen’s, a beautiful seaside town on the northern part of the east coast of Tasmania. We had a great reception at St Helens with the Mayor meeting us and a sausage sizzle outside the St Helen’s IGA. The IGA managed to raise over $197 for our cause, thanks a big one and all paws to you. It’s the effort of local communities that tells the tail of this great journey and helps us reach our target. We left St Helens will still 44 kms to go for the day so Deborah and I picked up the pace and we were doing will until we hit Pyengana. As we started the 11km ascension up towards Welborough Pass the rain set in and the head wind picked up to gale force, throwing me sideways and even on occasion backwards. At this stage I decided that I didn’t have the strength in me to combat the howling wind and pouring rain so I hopped into the car. Poor D she had to keep going and I watched her being lashed sidewards as she reached the top of the pass looking like a drowned rat. I could tell at this stage about the 55 km mark she didn’t have much more energy in her. Head winds, steep hills and freezing temperature can drain ones energy very, very quickly. We decided to pull up about 5 kilometres short of today’s target knowing that if the weather improves tomorrow Deborah can make up this distance. Could you all please pray that the rain will stop soon as even I am getting sick of being a soggy doggy. Sorry Mr Farmer, we know you want the rain but let’s give D a break and let the rain come again when we have left the state.

Praying with you for sunshine.
Maggie – Director of Greeting D.O.G.

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