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2nd Attempt: Day 117. Broken down truck. Wednesday 21st July 2010, 43.4km, Steps 51064  (7/21/2010)

We got off to a cool start and Sharon came out to photograph us as we left the Caravan Park. The day soon warmed up and D decided it was time to retire some of her running shoes. Out came all the boxes of Saucony’s and D selected 3 new pairs to see her through the next leg of the run, and this meant that the crew will have to do what we call a “Saucony Day”. This is when all the crew wear D’s newly selected Saucony shoes, to help stretch and soften them before D takes them out on the Highway. I do feel very lucky on these days that I have my small paws instead of human feet as the male members of the crew have feet slightly bigger than D’s large paws so they walk around with a grimace on there faces as they have squashed feet for a day or two. Only family and loved ones would do that for D.

We ran on during the day and by midafternoon were on target to achieve a 60 plus day but as they say about the best laid plans of mice and men? D and I had caught up with the van and after a brief stop started running again we had got about 3 kilometres down the road and notice that Little Pink hadn’t caught up with us yet. This is very unusual as it usually passes us within minutes of us running. Just as we were starting to get worried a lady pulled over, she owned a station near the area and said that Glyn had hailed her down and that our truck couldn’t get started and that she would drive us back to them. We marked the spot that we stopped with our GPS coordinates and so we could find the spot easily again we got a pile of rocks and placed them on the side of the road and then we were driven back to the truck.  Luckily by the time we returned a truck driver had come to our truck’s rescue and recognized that it had a starter motor problem. He went to his much bigger truck and returned with a large steel pipe and with a tap and a bang he got our pink truck started.
With the truck running for now we had to decide what to do as we need to get the starter motor fixed ASAP as we couldn’t take the handy truck driver with his pipe around Australia with us and we couldn’t keep turning the truck on and off every 3kms as we normally did. So with the engine still running we got out our trusty Telstra Satellite phone and with a few calls and a conference with the RACT we managed to book the truck in to be fixed the following day in Carnarvon. The mechanic also told us that if we couldn’t get the truck to start he would arrange a tow truck to come and get us in the morning.
By the time D had made all the arrangements for the truck to be fixed quite a bit of time had passed and she didn’t really feel like running too much further so we pulled into Edaggee Rest Area for the night and with our paws crossed that we could start the truck tomorrow morning we finally turned off the motor. D’s folks arrived from Fundraising all day in Carnarvon and we made tea and ate outdoors on a fine concrete table with crested plastic plates and hallmarked stainless steel tableware. (It was a Tiara moment for me)
Running with you soon.
Maggie (Director of Greeting)
Total steps: 6,996, 302          Total kms: 5531.3km
Recorded from D’s GPS that is always on her as she runs, recording the record.
GPS co-ords start: S 25 46. 269’ E 114 17. 628’
GPS co-ords finish: S 25 27. 542’ E 114 03. 531’

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