Continuing on with my day-to-day diary account of my 1978 Cross America Run for The Jimmy Fund from June 11, 1978, to August 29, 1978, a total distance of 3,452 miles averaging 45 miles a day, done 40-years ago to the day. I’m even enjoying reading these cards that I mailed home every day as I have never read them in 40 years!

Day 15 – June 25, 1978.
Miles run = 42.6.
Finish location – Eureka, NV.
Weather – sunny, 75 degrees.

Comments: “Bad day! Left knee started bothering me. It was the muscle surrounding the patella. It became very stiff and it was very difficult to bend my leg, never mind running 40+ miles a day! Was interviewed in the middle of the desert by a person from the National Broadcasting Company in New York. Hope my knee gets better!”


Day 14 – June 24, 1978.
Miles run = 43.2.
Finish location – Eureka, NV.
Weather – sunny, 60 to 85 degrees.

Comments: “Should be in Utah on Wednesday! This completes the second full week! Total mileage is 578.3. Not bad for 2 weeks. I feel like I can break the “world’s record” but it is too late to try and do that now – I’ll stick to my 40+ miles per day.”


Day 13 – June 23, 1978.
Miles run = 42.3.
Finish location – Austin, NV.
Weather – sunny, 60 to 85 degrees.

Comments: “Mountainous, about 7,500 feet! Very difficult to breathe. My body is adjusting very well…however, the minor pain in right hip still persists. Other than that, everything is going well. It is a LONG way!”


Day 12 – June 22, 1978.
Finish location – Austin, NV.
Weather – sunny, 75 to 85 degrees.

Comments: “Ran 30 miles before noon! Staying at same motel that Bill Emmerton stayed at a few weeks ago. He ran from Missouri to CA on the old Pony Express Road. Meeting lots of interesting people. There is absolutely nothing out here in the desert! Lonely!! Hope to be in Provo, Utah, by July 1 or 2. If you want to mail anything to me you can send it to General Delivery, Provo, Utah c/o Dave McGillivray.”