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2nd Attempt: Day 68: Gifts from a fellow Tasmanian and on the long straight. Wednesday 2nd June 2010, 60.6km, Steps 70087. (6/2/2010)

 

As day broke this morning the rain of the evening had been swept away and it looked as if we might have a clear day ahead which was good as D need to catch up on a few kilometres she was down from yesterday. 
After breakfast D sent Glyn on to Caiguna about 9kms away as he need to get supplies namely bread, milk, petrol and more importantly as we were down to one gas bottle we were hoping to be able to fill up the empty bottles with gas in Caiguna. We use gas to run the fridge in the caravan when we are out here away from power, we do also have batteries that are recharged by the solar panels but due to all the rain they having being running at full capacity so we have had to direct the solar power to the car fridge and run the caravan fridge on gas. Unfortunately Caiguna didn’t fill gas bottles so we will have to wait until Balladonia some four days away, I guess that means to preserve gas we will be running our generators at night as they help run the fridges on 240 volts. Generating power when you are away from electricity for 3 weeks is always a bit of a juggling act but luckily D and the crew have a lot of experience with outback bush camping, D has been doing it since she was a little girl so we are well prepared.
When D and I reached Caiguna, we received a few donations from fellow travellers and D and Glyn decided to have a coffee and I had a puppy – cino. Whilst we were having coffee another Taswegian approached us gave us a donation and introduced himself to us. His name was Lance Wilson and as it turned out he was an author and he proceeded to give D a copy of 2 of his novels “Tears over the Kimberley’s” and “Dare to live the Dream” D was extremely touched that a stranger would take the time to give her such a gift and was thrilled not just to meet another Tassie’s adventurous spirit but a man with such talent. To find out more about Lance visit his website www.lancewilson.com.au.
We left Caiguna Roadhouse and hit the highway and the start of the 90 mile stretch which is 146.6kms of straight road, the longest piece of straight road in Australia and whilst we were having a photo shoot by the sign a women jumped out of her car and rushed over with her camera, gave us a donation and wanted a picture of us by the sign. As she had giving money towards our cause we really couldn’t say no. After the lady left D turned to me and laughs saying well Maggie over the next few days the only curves you will see are mine and then run off chuckling down the highway.
Running with you soon.
Maggie (Director of Greeting)
 
Total steps: 3,681,752          Total kms: 3116.3km
 
Recorded from D’s GPS that is always on her as she runs, recording the record.
 
GPS co-ords start:  S 31 10. 425’ E 125 40. 451’
 
GPS co-ords finish: S 32 19. 295’ E 125 04. 460’


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