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2nd Attempt: Day 30: A day to remember and appreciate what we got. Sunday 25th April 2010, 48.6km, Steps 49726. (4/25/2010)

We left Little Hampton before dawn this morning so we could arrive in Hahndorf about 8kms away to see the dawn ANZAC day service.  Whilst running to Hahndorf D told me about the spirit of Anzac Day, traditionally it was a day to remember the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, in World War I on April 25, 1915. Today Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli. It is the day we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. D told me that the brave man and women we honour on this day helped shape our nation and the way of life we have today and due to their personal sacrifice it allows us the freedom and the security to run around this great nation of ours.

At Hahndorf D decided to have breakfast as D’s mum had brought fresh croissants from the bakery in town, yum. With our bellies full we were ready to tackle the very steep Adelaide Hills as we were not allowed on the Motorway we had to weave our way around the towns and we were starting to get a bit lost when Brendan, a runner from Adelaide turned up to help guide the way into Adelaide.  As it turned out Brendan hadn’t lived in Adelaide that long but with the help of Alistair scouting ahead and a very steep so called “short cut” on a fire trail to a place called eagle on the hill (I didn’t see no eagle but it was more of a mountain to climb up than a hill!) we manage to emerge from the hills onto the flat outer suburbs with very little back tracking. Luckily D always wears her GPS to record her distance and time as in cities there are occasion when the pink truck and car travel a different way than us. I always feel a little insecure when I don’t see my pink truck but D is always by my side guiding me through our daily run.
On arrival at the Town Hall in Adelaide, Brendan said his goodbyes and we were greeted by Nelia, an old friend of D’s mother who had a sign up saying “Welcome to Adelaide, Deborah” which I think embarrassed our D a bit, as unlike me, she doesn’t really like people to make a big deal of things. Cr Anne Moran from the Adelaide Council was there representing the Lord Mayor and with the exchanging of official letters, signatures and photos the days official stuff was over. Cr Morgan talked about her mother who had breast cancer last year and was doing okay before she left, it always lifts D spirit to hear about successful survivor story’s and D was also happy to meet another 10 year BC survivor Christie who had come to meet D due to D’s friend Kathra in Hobart telling her about our visit. 
Christie brought along her daughter Lauren who came straight from basketball practice and D talked to Lauren about following Laurens dreams and goals in basketball.  As D spent some time chatting to everyone I looked out the Town Hall doors and witness all the people in various uniforms dripping with medals pass by and appreciated their choices to help shape my way of life so I could be here listening to D inspire the next generation of women.
We said our goodbyes at the Town Hall and started our run to the Winsor Gardens Caravan Park some 7kms away.   As D grew up around this area of Adelaide she said we could run along the Torrens River to the park so we had a pleasant run away from the traffic and on the last few kms Alistair joined us, I was a very happy dog to be running with my “parent” at the end of our big day. On arriving into the park D received a massage from Malcolm (our friend the foot genius) who had flown in from Melbourne for a couple of days to help D’s on the road. 
A large proportion of D’s family live in Adelaide still and tonight her Uncle Jo and Aunty Vera come for a BBQ dinner with a lot of stories told around the table of the young D and her childhood adventures. I did the old cute brown eye trick and go myself a chop then headed to bed whilst D, her family and crew chatted into the night.
Running with you soon.
Maggie (Director of Greeting)
 
Total steps: 1,569,532          Total kms: 1320.8km
 
Recorded from D’s GPS that is always on her as she runs, recording the record.
 
GPS co-ords start: S 35 03.243’ E 138 51.123’
 
GPS co-ords finish: S 34 52.663’ E 138 38.840’


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