DAYS 43-47 — 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 43 — July 23, 1978
Miles run = 47.1.
Finish location – Exeter, NE.

Comments: “Actually stayed in Friend, Nebraska today. Thought of all you guys as I entered this city. Found out that another kid from Mass is running across the US and stayed at this very motel...unreal!”

 Entering Nebraska – cameras not too good in those days!

Entering Nebraska – cameras not too good in those days!

Day 44 — July 24, 1978
Miles run = 48.5.
Finish location – Lincoln, NE.

Comments: “Got interviewed at press conference today. UPI, radio stations, tv, newspapers. Mayor of Lincoln gave me the key to the city and invited me back next year to run in the annual Lincoln, Neb. Marathon...that’s all I need now!”

 Mayor of Lincoln presenting me with key to the city.

Mayor of Lincoln presenting me with key to the city.

Day 45 — July 25, 1978
Miles run = 45.2.
Finish location – Plattsmouth, NE.

Comments: “Our last city in Nebraska. Will be crossing the Missouri River tomorrow and in our 7th state – Iowa. Got interviewed by local newspaper again. Hope all these newspapers send copies home so I can show all of you!”

Day 46 — July 26, 1978
Miles run = 47.1.
Finish location – Red Oak, IA.

Comments: “Stayed on a farm today. A couple saw me running and invited us to stay with them on their farm. They had 20 cats, 5 dogs, 3 goats, 3 pigs, 1 pony, 1 rooster, 2 kids and 100 acres of corn in the back yard!! It was nice but I think I was too tired to fully appreciate their hospitality. Anyway, nice to get into another state!”

 Making it through Iowa.

Making it through Iowa.

Day 47 — July 27, 1978
Miles run = 47.0.
Finish location – Creston, IA.

Comments: “Iowa is a tough state to run in. The roads are narrow and no shoulders on the roads. People are actually trying to run me over and one truck opened up its door to try to hit me...unreal. Just have to accept it though. It’s not just putting one foot in front of the other, that’s for sure. Miss you all.”

 Even though truck tried to run me over, we still kept a positive attitude and had fun with it.

Even though truck tried to run me over, we still kept a positive attitude and had fun with it.