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2nd Attempt: Day 100. Red hats and running away to the Circus. Sunday 4th July 2010, 39.5km, Steps 46295 (7/4/2010)

We had a cold early start to our triple figure day, can’t believe its day 100 only 265 and we will be home. We had no time to waste this morning as we were heading for Perth and have a number of appointments ahead of us so it was heads down (for D) and tails up (for me).

When we arrived in Perth and headed for the Riverside Drive, as we had been invited to stay with Circus Royale in Langley Park on our arrival D and I were met by Damien the circus master and owner in his gorgeous, shiny pink suite. (Check out the photo on the gallery page). Damien had organized a fundraising sausage sizzle before the afternoon show to help raise money for D’s cause (Yum lunch) and the circus will be selling our wristbands as they travel around WA which is a great effort. Whilst munching on my sausage Hunna who had been following our journey on facebook came down and said hello and took a fellow shots.  I know that D is always very touched by people who make the effort to come and meet us when we arrive into their community so thanks Hunna for making the effort.
After lunch and photos we run on to Hay St Mall in the CBD of Perth to a huge arrival of all these women wearing red hat and purple dresses. It was very odd and I looked at D and asked her what was going on as usually we were greeted by people in pink.  D told me that these women were part of the Red Hatter Society which is a society that began as a result of a few women deciding to greet middle age with verve, humour and élan and who believe silliness is the comedy relief of life, but underneath the frivolity, they share a bond of affection, forged by common life experiences and a genuine enthusiasm for wherever life takes them next. I took one look at D’s enthusiasm for this group of women and I knew what she was thinking “Where do I join UP”. Don’t tell me that my pink coat will soon be replaced with a purple dress and a red hat? What will do be making me wear next?
After the ferocity died down we were officially greeting into Perth by the Deputy Mayor John Tognogin who received our letter from the Lord Mayor of Hobart and Adelaide and gave us a letter to pass on to the Lord Mayor of Darwin. 
This relay of letters is part of the way D is gathering evidence of her run around Australia, this evidence is vital for the record to be accepted. In the past there has been a few “people” who have claimed to have run incredible distances but have later been discovered that they cheated so D is very conscious of gathering evidence and proof that she is doing what she said she is doing. Of course the main evidence is the GPS watch that D wears at all times she is running as well as the second GPS and computerize pedometer that is on her. We also verify the run by a third GPS in the car and its odometer. We also gather witnesses through our witness book; these witnesses are mostly officials such as Mayors, policeman, post offices, media who have interviewed us etc as well as people who stop to talk to us.  We always make sure that at every city, town, roadhouse, location be it cattle station, even mining sites that we run pass we gather a signature, address and contact details. This evidence is so important as D would hate to have happen to her what happened to Pat Farmer’s who ran the fastest lap around Australia back in 1999 for the Centenary of Federation but had his record denied to him due to the “lack of evidence”.
After our wonderful welcome into Perth we returned to Langley Park and the circus and set up for the night with a new addition to our team Merienne, who was a crew member on D’s walk around Australia has joined us for the next 3 weeks. With the best accommodation in Perth, on the Swan River in front of the Hyatt, Novatel and Crown Hotels, back dropped by the city lights we had wood fired pizza for dinner and D got to live out, if just for one night every child’s fantasy of running away to the circus.
Just before I headed to the Pooch Palace for sleep Alistair (daddy) gave me a cuddle as he was leaving for the airport to head home to Launceston and gave him a lick and said see you in Perth and dropped off to sleep.
Running with you soon.
Maggie (Director of Greeting)
Total steps: 6,036,391          Total kms: 4696.5km
Recorded from D’s GPS that is always on her as she runs, recording the record.
GPS co-ords start: S 32 14. 214’ E 115 46. 614’
GPS co-ords finish: S 31 57.630’ E 115 51. 933’

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