DAYS 17 & 18 - MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

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.

 Danny cooking dinner for us. Current Note: Sadly, Danny passed away a few years ago. He was a great friend and crew member.

Danny cooking dinner for us. Current Note: Sadly, Danny passed away a few years ago. He was a great friend and crew member.

Day 18 – June 28, 1978.
Miles run = 42.0.
Finish location – Baker, NV.
Weather – 100 degrees.

Comments: “Actually crossed the Utah / Nevada border today. Also entered into a new time zone so that made us feel good! However, still in the middle of the desert and it's about 90 to 100 degrees but no humidity. The terrain is tough to handle – hope it gets better soon.”

 Newsclips – it was fun to pick up newspapers along the way and see the run mentioned. Really picked up our spirits, especially in the lonely desert.

Newsclips – it was fun to pick up newspapers along the way and see the run mentioned. Really picked up our spirits, especially in the lonely desert.

Day 17 – June 27, 1978.
Miles run = 41.7.
Finish location – Major’s Place, NV.
Weather – 90’s.

Comments: “I’ll tell you what a typical day is like – wake at 5:30am, have tea with honey, donut or toast, stretch, vaseline, Ben Gay, etc., etc. Out on road by 6:30am, run 10-miles, rest 15-20 minutes, run 10 more miles, rest 15-20 minutes, and run other 5-10 miles all before lunch. For lunch, pint of ice cream!! Out on road at 2pm. Run 5 miles, rest a bit, run another 5 miles, rest a bit then walk an extra 2-miles (to put extra miles in the bank) with my cassette player recording everything that happened that day. Then find a place to stay for the night, eat (spaghetti, etc.) take all my pills (supplements), write postcards and in bed at 10pm.”

 Trying to be positive – I always tried to say to myself no matter how hard this was that I was fortunate just to have the health and strength to even attempt it.

Trying to be positive – I always tried to say to myself no matter how hard this was that I was fortunate just to have the health and strength to even attempt it.

HOPE YOU ALL (OR SOME OF YOU) ARE LIKING THESE POSTS!! I know I am having fun reading these cards that I wrote 40 years ago to the day! Makes me want to do this cross country run again...well...

Will be making an EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT on my next MEDFORD TO MEDFORD post!!