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2nd Attempt: Day 71: A curve and an inspiration. Saturday 5th June 2010, 52.5km, Steps 62774. (6/5/2010)


We started the day early in the dark with very heavy fog that blanket the world around us creating a rather eerie atmosphere. We ran about 6kms and D was feeling rather cold so she decided to have an early breakfast so we could get into the van and warm up with a cup of black coffee or two. After ½ hour the fog and misty atmosphere hadn’t lifted but D wanted to get doing as she was eager to get of the 90 mile straight so we went out into the fog and started running again. In a little while we finally saw a very small yellow sign with a black bent arrow indicating the 1st turn in 146.6km, I barked with joy but in the thick fog we couldn’t even see the turn!
At about 10am the fog started to lift and we could see the traffic for the first time today our first traffic encounter was a bright red Mercedes campervan which pulled over to say hello. The couple in the van were doing a charity cycle across the Nullarbor for the Starlight Foundation. Glenda was cycling and her only support crew Frank just celebrated his 91st birthday two days ago! Wow! D was so inspired by Frank; here he was out here in his 1966 campervan, which he brought new before D and I were born, still helping others. I looked at D and knew in my heart that she was thinking she would like to be the female version of Frank when she is 91. I think D will give herself to the serve of others till the day she dies, what a pain in the butt for me this will be as I have to put up with her and her wild fundraising schemes when all I want to do is put my paws up in front of the fire back home in Tassie.
We run on towards a late lunch at Balladonia Roadhouse, yummy hamburger. I was hoping that we would be staying the night here as we had not been in a caravan park for 5 days now and the need to power up and shower down was becoming pressing but as the Roadhouse was short for today’s kilometres D wanted to continue on, I guess I will just have to hold my nose for another night until D has a shower at Fraser Range Station. The good news was that Balladonia do gas bottle refills which was lucky for us as we were nearly out, would have hated for my VIP loaf to go off due to the fridge not being able to run.
Smelly D and I run on passed Balladonia to a parking bay about 10kms west of the Roadhouse which was a lucky find as it wasn’t in any of our reference books. D got out her pink bucket for a wee wash and I had a bit of a lick and then we had tea and off to bed.
Running with you soon.
Maggie D.O.G (Director of Greeting)
Total steps: 3,861, 035          Total kms: 3269.4km
Recorded from D’s GPS that is always on her as she runs, recording the record.
GPS co-ords start:  S 32 26. 720’ E 124 01. 462’
GPS co-ords finish: S 32 18. 474’ E 123 31.761’

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