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The lonliness of the Long Distance Runner

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Follow the Sun Aussie Tours- Andre at Maranka, Stuart Hwy
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I passed him on the Stuart Highway and stopped to take his picture -
He started his run in Adelaide South Australia and will finish in Darwin, Northern Territory, a distance of 3,000kms (about 1,900mi).
He is fund raising for Depression and the support group, Beyond Blue. It is an enormous undertaking.

This is the Stuart Highway, a relentless ribbon of tarmac stretching from Adelaide in South Australia to Darwin at the top end of Oz.
I drove the length of it on the way up and am on my way back. I will have driven 8,000kms by the time I get home.
Presently I'm at Alice Springs at the heart of Australia.
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Re: The lonliness of the Long Distance Runner

How do you like that red earth? It took me years to get rid of all the red earth that my car picked up during a six month working stint in the Northern Territory.

Have you mirrored that photo? Or is that cyclist really on the wrong side of the road?
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Re: The lonliness of the Long Distance Runner

The red earth is all pervasive, it even gets in your blood - you've heard the expression, "a fair dinkum red-blooded Aussie", well that's how it came to be, mate

The right side is the safe side of the road for a pedestrian or in this case a runner to be on as he is able to see and avoid oncoming traffic. Never have your back to motororists travelling at 130kmph (NT speed limit).
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Re: The lonliness of the Long Distance Runner

But a cycle like that is not a pedestrian and is required to travel on the left hand side of the road, even in the Northern Territory. I have also travelled those roads and seen many cyclists doing the long trek from Adelaide to Darwin, or the reverse. They were all travelling on the left hand side.

Edit: Oh I see! I was wrong. He is really a pedestrian pushing a pram, rather than a cyclist riding a bicycle.
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Re: The lonliness of the Long Distance Runner

Yes Larry, he's pushing a cart of sorts, custom builr to carry his needs for the long run.
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Re: The lonliness of the Long Distance Runner

I reckon too much sun has got to him. Anyway I wish him well.
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Re: The lonliness of the Long Distance Runner

I have to agree OM. But he's dedicated to a good cause. Not an ounce of fat on him all muscle and bone. I wish!
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