2 days of solid driving to cover off the final 2200kms to get to the first Tee in Kalgoorlie and the start of the 33 Marathons run.
The drive has been really useful for the crew and me to understand what lies ahead and to reassess some of our plans and strategies based on the realities of where we are. I’ve also taken the opportunity to have a short run on the course itself learning where is the best place to run, which in itself has been beneficial, working out how best to avoid the road trains. The main thing I appreciated is the wind that they generate as they pass, even from the other side of the road, so I will ensure that I am always as far away from them as is possible. Also given the flat terrain, at either end of the day the sun is low in the sky for long periods of time, and it can make seeing where you’re going very challenging. So in those circumstances, I shall always run on the side of the road that the drivers are not blinded by the sun. At least this way they will be able to see me, and although I may have my vision impaired, I will always be able to hear them coming (and that proved to be about a 3 minute warning).
We’ve also had another piece of media exposure, with Clive on the crew calling into Macca’s Around Australia radio show, so hopefully that will help get the word out to more kind folk who will support our efforts.
Stopping to refuel at the roadhouses we’ve had a look at a couple of the golf holes along the way. The first impressions are on how difficult the course is, given the scrub land around the holes, and the sand or artificial greens. The difficulty is going to be compounded by the impact of running for 12 hours on my ability to swing a club. Either way the excitement is starting to build, as is a little nervousness because of the size of the task ahead of us.