Days 76 and 77: When dark, disengage brain

The run to Young yesterday was long but not too bad until the last 2 hours. Then I t appeared that despite being on a road with double reflectors on it the locals had temporarily removed most of the brain cells required for driving as soon as the sun went down. Like they had solar powered brains. Blind overtaking in the dark, driving WAY too close despite seeing me in quadruple spotlights, you name it. In short, a little bit nervy. I was relieved to reach town, only to find that pretty much every hotel and motel was shut or shut down. Not what you need when it is already approaching freezing and you are wet and it’s dark. I eventually found a good place and rewarded myself with a KFC, the first I’ve seen since Perth. I was thus reminded why I don’t have KFC very often….

This morning I was a broken man, just zero motivation to get going. Eventually I did though, writing a message in the ice on the windscreen of the truck parked outside. Cold. The run was one of those which would have been lovely if it was short and I was in the right frame of mind, neither of which were true. The main good bit was meeting a lovely lady working in the only cafe in the only village on the way. She made a wicked burger with ‘the lot’ – it was a beast and much needed after I had very nearly thrown up at the roadside after a few too many biscuits eaten to ward off the cold.

More night running – this time with less traffic and less stress – and I reached the town of Cowra – voted New South Wales’ friendliest town in 2006 – according to the sign. It is OK! Making progress to a Sunday finish. đŸ™‚




  1. Paul C · May 26, 2015

    Keep going James, so close now. I’ve always found it is the final stage of any project that drags the hardest; in your case the final week, in my case getting through the last few episodes of Breaking Bad. So in a way, we are both heroes…


    • jamesrbrooman · May 26, 2015

      I found series 3 dragged quite a lot… But the final one was much better! đŸ™‚


  2. Erwin · May 26, 2015

    James not far now!! keep going checking daily on your progress. Both myself and Grace are thinking what to suggest you try next! hope to see you soon. Keep going


    • jamesrbrooman · May 26, 2015

      Thanks Erwin! Not too far too go now. I will see you when I’m back in July


  3. Ryan Hanrahan · May 27, 2015

    Keep the spirits up buddy, your doing us proud son!


  4. Barry (@DrBazza) · May 28, 2015

    Awesome work! There’s lots of us watching your progress even if we don’t comment.


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