DAYS 22-25 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

Day 25 – July 5, 1978.
Miles run = 42.6.
Finish location – Roosevelt, Utah.
Weather – 80 degrees.

Comments: “No major problems…we hit our 1,000 miles today!!! Now I have to work on 2,000!! I feel pretty well. However, problems with the van…needs new brakes!! Hope it doesn’t hold me up. I’m psyched – Boston here I come!”

 End of the day treat – my beloved ice cream!!! No “power foods” back then!

End of the day treat – my beloved ice cream!!! No “power foods” back then!

Day 24 – July 4, 1978.
Miles run = 45.0.
Finish location – Fruitville, Utah.
Weather – 85 degrees.

Comments: “What a place to spend the Fourth. We are now 8 miles off the road into the woods next to some reservoir and next to a glowing campfire (wish I was at the Esplanade though – did it rain?). Today I felt super but had to climb an 8,000-foot mountain – worst than Mt. Washington. I can hardly wait till the Rocky’s! God, that is going to make or break me. Tomorrow at the 10.5-mile mark, I hit the all-important 1,000 miles!”

 Goofing off a bit – needed to lighten it up every now and then.

Goofing off a bit – needed to lighten it up every now and then.

Day 23 – July 3, 1978.
Miles run = 40.1.
Finish location – Heber City, Utah.
Weather – 65 to 85 degrees.

Comments: “Was interviewed today by Provo and Salt Lake City tv and newspapers. There was a possibility of meeting with the Osmond Family but they were out of town. Met with the Mayor of Provo and the city officials. They wanted us to be in their parade tomorrow (over 110,000 people) but we had to move on. Physically, all systems still go – little nagging pains but just have to accept them (when I am actually running they’re not that little!).”

 Jeff doing advance PR work at the nearest phone booth.

Jeff doing advance PR work at the nearest phone booth.

Day 22 – July 2, 1978.
Miles run = 42.0.
Finish location – Provo, Utah.
Weather – 85 degrees.

Comments: “Have completed over 900 miles as of today. Will be interviewed by local TV, newspapers and radio stations. I think we are finally out of the desert! Now we are heading for the Rockies! I feel super for 900 miles…have pain in both muscles over my knees (vastus medialis muscles). Hopefully, will be able to work it out. Saw rattlesnakes today!!”

 Running through the real rocky mountains of Utah!

Running through the real rocky mountains of Utah!