Continuing 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 33 – July 13, 1978.
Miles run = 44.0.
Finish location – Estes Park, CO.
Weather – 77 degrees.
Comments: “Climbed the longest continuous ascending road in the US today – 13,000 feet high! That’s like one Mt. Washington on top of another! But, I survived and got out of it without too much trouble – I surprised myself by running 44 miles today – the altitude wasn’t too bad. Rockies are GONE!!”
Day 32 – July 12, 1978.
Miles run = 43.0.
Finish location – Grand Lake, CO.
Weather – 70s.
Comments: “We are at the base of the highest peak I’ll climb across the US. Today was mountainous but not too bad. It’s tiring but I’m hanging on. One woman told me I wouldn’t make it out alive if I run up that mountain! Hope you all can make it to my funeral!”
Day 31 – July 11, 1978.
Miles run = 40.4.
Finish location – Kremmling, CO.
Weather – 70s.
Comments: “One month on the road and in the middle of the Rockies. Only 2 more days in the mountains, I hope. Having van fixed…need new brakes! Hope all goes well with the van. Can hardly wait till I get home! Going to watch the All-Star game tonight. Go A.L.!!”
Day 30 – July 10, 1978.
Miles run = 41.0.
Finish location – Steamboat, CO.
Weather – sunny but then thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Comments: “Only 50 more days! Today ended up running up a mountain like Mt. Washington – 7 miles straight up without a break or a downhill. It’s getting very tough and I was told I’m in for a beauty on Thursday – about 13,000 feet straight up…should be interesting!”