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Barking at trains. Day 165, 63.4km (4/7/2009)

We left Innot Springs in the dark and as the sun started to raise the skies gradually turned pink, it was a beautiful sunrise the type D said you only get in outback Australia. Our morning destination was Mt Garnet and the road there was quite good for running, with plenty of shoulder and the road itself was in good condition. The only problem with the roads up here is that unlike Tassie roads they don’t have the smooth asphalt layer on them so they are a lot rougher, this means the roads are very tough and are wearing D’s Saucony’s out very quickly. It’s a bit like putting rubber on sandpaper! This means D is only getting about 800 kms per pair of shoes. Thank goodness for our sponsors Saucony as we just couldn’t afford runners at that rate. The town of Mt Garnet was a small town comprising of the four basic s, a bakery, a school, a supermarket and a pub, so it didn’t take us long to run through it. As we progressed passed Mt Garnet the state of the road became more and more basic and we were down to one lane of asphalt with very gravelly shoulders. If that was not bad enough Road Trains use this highway as one of their main thorough fares. The Road Trains tow 4 containers full of coal behind them and are 50 metre plus in length. I thought I’d try my barking technique on them, wow are they long, by the time I’d scared them off down the highway, D said I was horse. We had a smooth run during the rest of the day and found a beaut gravel to setup for the night. Ho hum, food for the tum, you know the drum.

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