DAYS 34-38 — MEDFORD, OR, TO MEDFORD, MA

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 38 – July 18, 1978.
Miles run = 50.0!!!
Finish location – Benkelman, NE.
Weather – ?

Comments: “My longest day – I was out on the road from 4:50am to 4:50pm. I was nervous about running 50 miles but I felt pretty well. Now I know I can do it. Maybe I’ll try 60 someday when I get real close to home! Go Red Sox!”

 Leaving Colorado, entering Nebraska.

Leaving Colorado, entering Nebraska.

 

Day 37 – July 17, 1978.
Miles run = 43.0.
Finish location – Wray, CO.
Weather – 100 degrees, hot!!

Comments: “Our last city in Colorado and it’s on to Nebraska. Thus, we enter our 6th state tomorrow and our 2nd-to-last big state (PA). Weather is very, very, very hot and humid. Miss you all.”

 Road may have been closed to automobiles but not to cross country runners!

Road may have been closed to automobiles but not to cross country runners!

 

Day 36 – July 16, 1978.
Miles run = 43.5.
Finish location – Akron, CO.
Weather – 100 degrees.

Comments: “Very hot! The temps have risen to 100 degrees and we are now in the prairies. It is very flat terrain but the heat has taken its toll. We have to awake at 4am and I’m on the road at 4:30am. It’s weird running that early in the morning but I have no choice!”

 Go Red Sox!

Go Red Sox!

 

Day 35 – July 15, 1978.
Miles run = 42.0.
Finish location – Fort Morgan, CO.
Weather – 100 degrees.

Comments: “Out of the Rockies and flat land but the temperature is HOT! 100 degrees! Grasshoppers and bugs are the main hindrances. Meeting a lot of nice people and signing a lot of autographs! Hope everyone is well.”

 Last final climb in the Rockies.

Last final climb in the Rockies.

 

Day 34 – July 14, 1978.
Miles run = 46.0.
Finish location – Greeley, CO.
Weather – ?

Comments: “Reached our 3rd mail stop today. Got a lot of fan mail!! If any of you guys want to write to me at our next mail stop, write to: Dave McGillivray, Cross Country Runner, General Delivery, Lincoln, Nebraska by July 25th. It would be nice to hear from you!”