Australia 18 May: Adelaide, SA - Gawler, SA
In Adelaide's orbit
Our team started this morning with a nourishing breakfast at our favourite vegetarian cafe in Adelaide, Joy-Discovery in Bent St in the centre of the city. Sipra Lloyd (holding the torch), the proprietor of Joy-Discovery, has coordinated the Peace Runs in South Australia since the Run began in 1987.
After breakfast, we headed through Adelaide towards the municipality of Charles Sturt. A local youth group, "Charles Sturt Youth Actvities Centre" joined us for 5 km.
Cassie (left) ran all the way with us, while Angela (with torch), who vounteers at the Youth Centre, ran most of the way ...
Local running legend Ron Hines also joined us making it not just a transcontinental run, but also trans-generational.
Ron ran a sub-3 hour marathon in his 60s, and still ran some of us ragged now that he is in his 80s! A few times, we had to ask him to slow down ...
We also exchanged letters of greeting with the Mayor from our National Patron, ACT Chief Minister Katie Gallagher.
A few new members have joined our international team today, for the upcoming section through to Perth and the run across the Nullarbor Plain – including Ion Frunza who flew in from Moldova last night ...
... where we were greeted by Mayor Gillian Aldbridge and about 100 Bhutanese who are now making their home in the region.
A number of our Bhutanese greeters shared with us poems they had composed about peace and happiness, in their own language and in English.
This was a colourful and touching ceremony for us, connecting with such lovely people from what is to us a remote corner of the globe ...
In Gawler we were met by the jovial, energetic and magnanimous Mayor Brian Sambell, in his full mayoral regalia.
When we told Mayor Sambell we had met earlier in the day with Mayor Kirsten Alexander from Charles Sturt, he remarked, "I bet she had a smile from ear to ear!" – which she did.
Our South Australian coordinator, Stacey Marsh, has done a magnificent job organising all our meetings and schedules so far. From here to Perth, she will also take over the role of Team Captain on the road.
We now have 3 Mongolians on our team – Baigal, who flew in from Beijing last night, has joined Oyungerel and Bayarkhuu who have already run with us from Melbourne. These 3 are with the team now all the way to Perth.