Blimey this is a big place, it's going to take a whole day just to run out of it.
I have just woken up after a 10 hour sleep after a fairly painless flight from the UK. 10.5 hour on a plane is never pleasant but it was OK as I got to sit upstairs and near the window so had a fair bit of space. I got cramp on the plane though and came off feeling like all of my legs were not working. I was a bit dissappointed that we did not fly over the US much, when we went to Vegas the plane goes right through and I can see a lot of it. This time it was mostly through Canada until it swooped down through the NW states. Probably just as well I didn't look at it too much.
I didn't go into detail about the "purpose of your visit" thing when asked that several times by passport control.
It's 5am here, better get used to that, it's still dark and I am staring at where the sun should come up from but there is no sign of it yet. Not much yet to report other than the quite sickly feeling I am getting that this thing now feels like it's really going to happen.
Later today I will go to a race breifing at the Huntington Beach Hotel where we are all based and I will get to meet the other runners for the first time. Before that I am going shoe shopping for a couple more pairs of trainers.
Hopefully there will be a few drinkers in teh hotel bar tonight so that I can get to know the 16 other runners before we enter our different worlds on the same bit of highway.
Tomorrow I'll do a big shop to buy about a months worth of snacks and anything that I panic myself into buying.
I am also very pleased with this article in the Telegraph and thanks to Jol for arranging it. Hopefully I'll be able to update this every week.
Here is a list of what I have taken so far;
13 Pairs of pants
21 Pairs of Socks
22 short sleeved tops/vest (Inc 4 serpie ones and 1 fetch, most of the tops were given to me by Columbia)
6 paris of shorts
4 long sleeved tops
4 wind/shower proof jackets
3 sets of leggings
calf and quad compression guards
15 state flags, 1 USA flag 1 UK flag
Sleeping Bag and Sleeping Mat
2 Small Camepacks, 1 large, 2 bottle belts
walking Poles (not for the race mind, to hobble about afterwards)
Bowl, Cup, knife, fork, spoon
Sun Cream (must not forget to wear it)
2 sun hats, 3 buffs, 1 snood
High viz stuff and lights
Phone, US sim card and 5 phone batteries
2 pairs of shades and 1 pair of sand-goggles
8 tubes of 3B's lube
4 pairs of Newton running shoes, 1 pair of PT1000, I will but a couple of pairs of "safe" Brooks or Asics when I am out there
Elephant strength toe nail clippers and foot cheese grater