DAYS 26-29 — 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. I’m enjoying reading these cards that I mailed home every day as I haven't read them in 40 years! Below is what I wrote on these cards each day.

Day 29 – July 9, 1978.
Miles run = 43.0.
Finish location – Craig, Colorado.
Weather – 75 degrees.

Comments: “In the thick of the state of Colorado now. The roads are terrible….have to keep jumping on and off the road…just miss being hit by cars and trucks all the time. Went to a drive-in with the van…movie was lovely! Headed for the tough mountains in the next 5 days…wish me luck.”

 After the 100+ degrees in the desert, seeing some snow was a welcome sight!

After the 100+ degrees in the desert, seeing some snow was a welcome sight!

Day 28 – July 8, 1978.
Miles run = 42.0.
Finish location – Maybell, Colorado.
Weather – 70 degrees.

Comments: “Four complete weeks…GONE!  Interesting tidbits – finding lots of coins on side of roads (amount $5-$6 now). A lot of broken cassettes and 8-tracks on the road, also. One of the guys with me sleep walks so that makes for interesting nights!  Total mileage: 1,161 miles and heading for the halfway mark. Hi to all the guys – Hal, Tom, Greg, Lee, etc.”

 

Day 27 – July 7, 1978.
Miles run = 46.1.
Finish location – Dinosaur, Colorado
Weather – 70 degrees.

Comments: “Finally hit Colorado!  It’s going to be tough running up these Rockies but there’s some sort of excitement in attempting to tackle those mountains.… I’m ready if they are!! We are in the foothills now and they are preparing me for the biggies! The altitude is also tough.” 

 Entering the Rockies!  Nice view but tough climbs.

Entering the Rockies!  Nice view but tough climbs.

Day 26 – July 6, 1978.
Miles run = 46.0.
Finish location – Vernal, Utah.
Weather – 75 degrees.

Comments: “Tomorrow Colorado… I’m getting stronger. I was going to run 50 miles but the guys pulled me into the van and told me to wait till I’m over the Rockies. Guess they are right. If I had trained, I almost think I might have had a chance to break the “official” record – I know I can run 50-60 miles a day now but I don’t want to!”