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2nd Attempt: Day 11: Roadside group session and it´s a very small world. Tuesday 6th April 2010, 51km, Steps 61628. (4/6/2010)

Leaving Waurn Ponds early, we manage about 15kms and was looking forward to morning tea when a car pulled over and out jumped another runner, Jo from Melbourne who had apparently had being trying to find us all Easter weekend but due to D being a little behind didn’t catch up with us until this morning. The amazing thing about Jo was she heard about D and her story from Krusty the guy who run with Deborah and helped her get to Adelaide River NT when D had her broken feet, it truly is a very small world and I think that D was very touched that Krusty, who is a tour guide in the NT is still promoting D and her run. 

As we arrived at the van for morning tea there was a group of people waiting to meet us, Jo’s husband Steve, a local Mt Moriac women and her two kids plus a very dear friend of Ds, Michael Heaton – Harris who see hadn’t seen in years. All I could think was great lots of pats for me which when I arrived I received tenfold.  As we were talking another car pulled up and a very familiar face asked how was the feet, I had to blink twice as I could not believe who it was, it was the doctor Dr John Johnson from the Darwin Hospital who had taking all the time and effort to discover D’s broken feet during her 1st attempt.  I was yet again amazed at meeting another person so far from our first encounter and as I looked around our small group I felt very loved and care for, as all these people where here at this point to give us encouragement in what we are doing and of course had followed us through the dark times of D’s broken feet. 
After the roadside group session D, Jo and I continue to run to Winchelsea where Jo decided to go home, we really enjoyed running with Jo and her bright personality had help D through another tough day with the blisters. D continued to run onto Waurncourt only 12kms from today’s target, Colac, D believes that today’s support from all those people contributed to helping her catch up some of those lost kilometres.
After dinner we were all ready to go to bed and suddenly there was a knock on the caravan door, I thought this was a little strange as we were parked on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere but would you believe it was Malcolm Matthews, D’s blister expert mate who had driven from Melbourne after football training to see how D was going, check on the blisters and deliver some more stuff for treatment. Wow what a huge effort and we really love him for it!
Feeling truly blessed, loved and supported I drifted off to sleep for the night.
Running with you soon.
Maggie (Director of Greeting)
Total steps: 578,077          Total kms: 465.1km
Recorded from D’s GPS that is always on her as she runs, recording the record.
GPS co-ords start: S 38 12.452’ E 144 16.675’
GPS co-ords finish: S 38 18.677’ E 143 43.511’

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