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Goto: 12005-01-02 12005-01-05 1Australia

Distance today: 57.0 km (Accumulated: 16229.0 km)
Country: Australia

2005.01.04B. [Yalata; white traffic sign on Eyre A1: "Yalata. 60km/h.",
near white road sign "278"] - [green road sign on Eyre A1: "N35km"].

(Crew: John Pav & family all stage).

57km, 5:16:45h. Excl. food, water, road-finding, toilet etc. stops.
Total 16.208km.

Start: 15:52pm.
Finish: 22:11am.
Time GMT + 10:30 hours (NB: South Australian Time!)

+23c, overcast and medium wind at start.
17c, dark, same and humidity at finish.

support car and due to lack of phone and internet connections on the
desert stretches out here in Nullabor.
Big surprise ;-)>.

- More problems ... and the solutions for them :-)

This morning brought a bit of a shock as we learned that it instead of a
few days it might take 10 - 15 days to repair our crew car.

Peter Gray has decided to head back to his home in Geelong near Melbourne
to fetch his other car!! That is no small effort as the drive by train
and hitchhike (from the Roadhouse and out of the desert..) and back again
will be about 1000km each way. I am in awe of such an effort to keep the
Run going - all I can do is put in my part - the jogging along on the
tarmac which at this moment seems quite a bit easier than the task at hand
for Peter :-)

Atlas; this leaves me with one problem: that I would have to head out on
the next stages alone without knowing exactly when the support would
arrive. Usually I don?t have major problems with using the baby jogger for
support on parts of the run. But in a desert it could prove a bit of a
test having up to 185km between water and food resources - and every thing
else for that matter.

So it was with a concern that I saw Peter leave and prepared myself for
the evening start and a couple of lonely desert stages.

I made a phone call to my main desert contact, John Paw in Ceduna, and
briefed him of the situation. He might see if he could do something, he
replied. The baby jogger got packed with 36liter of water and soft drinks,
5kg of dry food, my inner-tent and a light sleeping bag.

- I then had a two hour sit-down waiting for the heat to ease off. Plenty
of time to contemplate what I was in for... And chances didn?t look too
fantastic if Peter would be more than 2-4 days before returning.

Suddenly John Paw - along with his grandmother, sister in law and her
young son - drove up alongside the roadhouse where I was waiting.

They had made a quick decision and had just driven the about 400km from
Ceduna to take a "holiday" crewing for me 5-6 days until Peter was back!!!


I will save the details of how miserable I was at the outlook of going out
in the desert alone with possibilities of spending the nights running and
pushing 40-45kg and the days in an up to 40c hot tent - without drinking
too much water out of the supplies. Not that I wouldn?t have done it; but
I would have felt guilty of putting especially my family and friends in
this kind of uncertainty.

Instead I got the joyful company of John and his colourful family :-))
What a relief!! What an effort by them!!

Goto: 12005-01-02 12005-01-05 1Australia

Distance today: 0.0 km (Accumulated: 16229.0 km)
Country: Australia

2005.01.04. [Wait-day due to repair of support car. Nundroo Roadhouse.
20km run from white road sign 330 to white road sign 320 and back].

(Runner company by P. Gray first 17km).

20km, 2:10:40h. Excl. food, water, road-finding, toilet etc. stops.
Total 16.131km.

Start: 02:35am.
Finish: 05:06am.
Time GMT + 10:30 hours (NB: South Australian Time!)

the following days. More about that in the following reports>.

- Problems..

Unfortunately my hardworking crew & supply-driver Peter Gray has had
problems with his car and after a check by a mechanic here at the Nundroo
Roadhouse its evident that we will have to wait for a repair.
The driveshaft/camshaft is nearly broken and a quick repair depends on
whether we can get the required spares sent in from Ceduna (nearest city).

Meanwhile I took a night jog to keep the legs in the routine of everyday
running. Peter jogged along for the first 17km to get a time off the
stressful work with the car :-)

NB: As you may notice there isn?t a specific report for the 3.January as
the long stage starting the 2. had me running about 35km into the next



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