Run 1:00:00  12.2 km (4:55 / km)
Spent yesterday making my way through the backblocks of the northern wheatbelt, passing through endless dry paddocks (albeit not quite as desperate-looking as around York) and sleepy very small towns, before landing up in Merredin. I had thought that, as the regional centre, it would have a feel of a place larger than its size; instead, it had the feel of a place smaller, much smaller after dark on a Wednesday evening. At the place I ate on Wednesday night (having bypassed the motel restaurant, which evidently thought it was in Karratha and priced accordingly), I was the last customer of the night at 6.45 as the staff were packing up around me. The other options were the pub, and a Chinese place which looked like it hadn't changed since the days when Merredin was the halfway point for the diggers on their way to Kalgoorlie.
This was a decent run, out past Merredin Rock which is one of the region's numerous low bare rock domes, no Achilles issues this morning and got going nicely after the first 10 minutes. Tailed off a little bit at the end but still pretty reasonable.
I didn't remember anything of the place as I was last here in 1977 (I do remember fragments of that trip, in which my parents decided that the completion of the bitumen road across the Nullarbor meant it was a good idea to drive across it with three young kids - and we didn't have in-car DVD players or even tape decks then). It follows that this meant that it was my first training run here, although I did set a potential target for Tooms Two to chase by doing my first long run at the age of 20 months or thereabouts (turning up on the other side of the suburb without any clothes on).
The rest of the day swapped the southern wheatbelt with the northern wheatbelt, swinging past Wave Rock en route (perhaps I should make an entry in the 'you know you're an orienteer when' thread because I was starting to think about the sprint course you could set there). Also might have got an idea for a paper (second time in three Easters) after looking at the Katanning sites, for reasons too complicated to explain here.