Run 40:00  7.1 km (5:38 / km)
First full day of the road trip, mostly in familiar territory (although the climb to the summit of Mount Zero was something I'd only previously done in 2003, and it's probably almost as long since I diverted into the centre of Stawell - deserted at 8.45 on a Saturday morning, which it won't be next weekend - in search of a coffee).
The run was one excursion into unfamiliar territory - my first foray into the Little Desert National Park, in its extreme eastern tip near Dimboola - an out-and-back from the Horseshoe Bend campground along a riverside track. Quite a pleasing run once it was going - no back issues (clearly a couple of hours driving doesn't trigger it) and moving quite well in the second half with my first sub-5.30 kilometres for a whole. The Little Desert was actually the scene of one of the first major public environmental campaigns in Australia, being saved from clearing in the late 1960s by a Liberal environment minister - those were the days. (Admittedly he was "encouraged" by their losing a safe seat in a by-election fought largely over the issue).
After that it was onwards, to a day which ended in Adelaide. I would say that the drive was made to go quickly by listening in to my football team's glorious victory, but the ABC were broadcasting the Geelong-GWS game instead.
And there's definitely an election on - Boothby is the one genuinely marginal seat in SA and has accordingly been carpet-bombed with that distinctly SA form of campaigning, posters stuck to power poles. (It's not too hard to tell that Cross Road is a boundary, because all the posters on the left hand side are for someone and all the posters on the right hand side are for someone else - with the identity of the "someone else" changing part way as it becomes the Boothby-Adelaide boundary instead of the Boothby-Sturt one).