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(starting May 1st, 2000)

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1 Started at Solana Beach. It was beautiful weather, mostly getting out of civilization. Much of the day was uphill. We slept in the parking lot of the Julian Pie Co. in San Ysabel.

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2 Started 7.4 miles west of San Ysabel. The roads were hilly and mostly downhill, and very windy. We slept at Agua Caliente Park

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3 Started in Agua Caliente Park. It was 103 degrees in the morning with 10% humidity and not a cloud in the sky. Not only was it hot; there was a headwind. We finished in Calexico.

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4 Started on Heber Avenue in Calexico with a tailwind. It was 100 degrees plus all day long. We hit our first expressway with a newly paved shoulder. The heat was so oppressive that Stu said it was worse than the desert. The land was flat with some rolling hills in Sand Dune National Park. We stayed that night in Winterhaven, CA.

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5 We left from Winterhaven. It was Greg’s (Stu’s chiropractor) last night so it was a short day. We crossed into AZ at 7:12am. It was the hottest May in years and was 72 degrees at sunrise, and 100 degrees plus the rest of the day. The land was flat and we saw the first clouds of the trip. We finished near Tacna, AZ

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6 Left from Tacna AZ. It was the first day without Greg. There was virtually no traffic all day. There were some minor clouds and it wasn’t as hot as the last couple of days. Early in the day we went through a pass in Mohawk, otherwise it was 9 hours of gradual uphill slope. We got back on the 18 expressway again, with dust storms whipping sand across the road. By 6:15, the wind had not let up much. We finished near Sentinel, AZ.

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7 Started in Sentinel, AZ. Stu and Ray talked with Larry about a possible route change at Globe, AZ. We were still on 18, still hot, and still truckin’. There was a gradual uphill slope and the sidewinds were gusty. The cactus and shrubbery were getting larger because of the higher altitude. There were foothills and distant mountains. At 6:45, a tailwind picked up and we stopped just before Casa Grande.

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8 We started just before Casa Grande. We finally got off of the 18 and turned onto Route 84. There was a lot of dust blowing. Still deciding whether to take to original northern route or the more southern route through the Apache Reservation. It was not as hot as before, though it still reached well into the 90’s, with a strong tailwind. By midday, we were at an elevation of 1400 feet at Casa Grande. By afternoon, we could see the Rockies. The road had very small shoulders and a lot of traffic so Stu ran on a dusty parallel farm road all afternoon. We stayed in Coolidge, AZ where Mel Johnson, a massage therapist from Mesa, visit us that night.

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9 We started from the Indian Skies RV Park. It was the worst traffic thus far with no shoulders on the road. AZ has a lopt of dirt, dust, cops, and ants. The temperature was 98 degrees, and we had the first real uphill climb in days, that lasted 16.5 miles. By mile 22 we approached a solid wall of mountains, and then turned east and paralleled them. A state trooper and ex-runner helped us decide on the southern route – 36 miles longer but less treacherous. We stayed just east of Superior, AZ in the mountains at 2888 feet.

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10 We started in the mountains just past Superior. It was very cold that day. We were at 4600 feet, one mile into the day. By mile 10 we had gained 1712 feet in elevation. It was a “little victory” for Stu going through that mountain. We went through Globe and stopped at the Hicks chiropractic Center to see Dr. Halcomb for an adjustment. We went through the San Carlo reservation and stayed in the rest area.

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11 We started at the San Carlo Apache reservation. The course was flat with the strongest tail and side winds to date. We stopped before Safford, AZ

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12 Friday, May 12 began with a sense of great anticipation. A number of changes were imminent. First of all, we were about to leave the high desert and enter the most mountainous part of our journey.

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13 During the night leading into day 13, I woke-up just once, though I slept restlessly until about five in the morning. Before shutting down for the night, I changed my watch to Rocky Mountain time, and my first thought when I woke up and looked at my watch was that I overslept.

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14 On Sunday, May 14, I awoke at 4:30am. It was cold but not as bitter cold as the day before – or – maybe we were just better prepared for it. Even though I slept in tights, wool leggings and socks, and a Drylite top covered with a fleece lined sweatshirt, I promptly put on another warm-up over what I was already had on.

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15 On Day 15 of the Journey, we were on the road at 5:46am. By 6:28am we are already 42 min into the run. It has been a magnificent morning. Wake-up today was at 4:00am, after a restful sleep. Not once did I get up during the night. I got to sleep at about 12:30am.

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16 Left toward Magdalena. There was cloud cover and chill, just like the day before. Stu saw his first rattlesnake and experienced his first headwind. At some point during the run, Stu said he felt as if he was running with weights on. We dropped into a valley in the afternoon. Going through Socorro, Stu had three interviews with local radio radio stations. Ivan Gati and Dr. Her Ross joined us when we were on Interstate 25.

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17 Stu tried some new shoes for 8/10 of a mile and went back to his old shoes. We got of Interstate 25 at 10 miles to go back to route 60. We crossed the Rio Grande, and Stu got attacked by puppies. We were in flat desert in high elevation. In the afternoon, there were hills and 35mph winds. We finished just past Mountainair, NM at 6495 elevation.

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18 It was 48 degrees when we got up in the morning. There was a lot of straight downhill running. The elevation was 6400 ft. We were on open plains with stunted shrubs. At the end of the day there were very gusty headwinds. We finished near Vaughn, NM, elevation 6280, off of Route 60.

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 19 We started before 6:00am in Vaughn. It was the coldest start thus far. The forecast called for highs of 78 degrees, and a chance of rain. We had storm clouds all around us but only had a few sprinkles. We finished near Santa Rosa, at the beginning of Interstate 40

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20 We were on Interstate 40 all day. Stu ran his hardest to get off of the expressway because of the horrible traffic. It was armer today than yesterday because we were 1400 feet lower than the day before. The course was rolling hills with lots of debris on the road and lots of gravel in Stu’s shoes. At 50-miles we exited to Tucumcari, NM.

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21 We started near Tucumcari on a totally cloudless morning. The terrain was gently rolling downhill. We entered Central Time Zone. We entered Texas at the 48-mile mark. We camped by the Texas border.

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22 Our first Texas morning started off chilly, but warmed up rapidly. It was windy all day. There seemed to be wide road shoulders. Plant life was flowering. There were cattle on the ranges and the smell was horrible. The temperature soared into the 90’s. Stu saw a chiropractor in Dalhart – Dr. Weld.

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23 At the start, the temperature was 62 degrees, but felt chillier because of the morning breeze on the Great Plains. Once again, the temperature rose rapidly throughout the day. We passed through Texhoma and camped north of there. We remained on Highway 54 East.

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 24 The weather called for showers early in the day. The roads were long and straight with lots of sheep and hills. Stu ran on a parallel dirt road to stay away from traffic. In the afternoon, there was a headwind. We crossed into Kansas, our 6th state, at 42 miles. The uphill and headwinds didn’t let up the rest of the . We finished in Liberal, Kansas. We remained on Highway 54 East.

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25 The morning brought headwinds and a cloud cover. It was about 20 degrees cooler than the last few days. The headwinds turned into a cross wind, and then a tail wind. At about 6:30pm, a tornado watch went into effect.  The road was flat. We finished near Minneola, KS and camped there. We were on Highway 54 Est the entire day.

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26 The morning had no breeze or clouds after a huge lightning storm the night before. It was a beautiful day, with a nice tailwind. Some white puffy clouds developed. There were long up and down rolling sections in the rods. We heard about another tornado watch. It started to cool off around 7:30pm. We finished near Brenham, KS. We remained on Highway 54 East.

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27 After the thunderstorm the night before, it was another beautiful morning. The elevation was only 1880 feet. By afternoon, a crosswind picked up, but soon died off. There were some threats of rain. The terrain was level. At 25 miles, we turned onto Highway 61 at Pratt, KS. It was the most beautiful day we’ve had thus far. We finished near Arlington, KS. We were on Highway 54 east, until we turned on to Highway 61.

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28 We started near Arlington, KS. It warmed up fast in the morning and the skies were clear. The road was a beautiful quiet country road with no hills to speak of. Downtown Newton was beautiful on Memorial Day and we camped at East Lake Park with picnickers. We were on Highway 61 to Highway 50 east.

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29 The temperature was in the 90’s and very humid. There was little traffic due to Memorial Day. We traveled the same quiet meandering country road all day long. It was a beautiful day. We camped in Elmdale. Route : Highway 50 East.

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30 We started near Elmdale. It was hot and humid, with extremely high temperatures high 90’s. It was also very windy. The road passed through farms, field and pastures. The road was rolling hills. constantly going up-and-down. We finished in Waverly, and camped over 20-miles away in Eisenhower State Park. Route: Highway 50 to I-35 at the 335 split to Old Highway 50.

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