Where's Dave? Somewhere in North QLD
NOW 20 days into an expected six-month mission, Dave Alley has covered more than 1,400km on foot since starting his Race Around Australia 2 in Lismore.
The police officer, who is running more than 14,000km around Australia to raise awareness and funds for the White Cloud Foundation, which aims to help people with depression, said things are only looking positive at this point.
Just past the $15,000 mark with fundraising, and having received much support during the first three weeks of this venture has been very appreciate, Dave, and his RAA2 manager, David Lees, said.
"He's travelling well - what's really positive is that is maintaining his weight," Mr Lees said, as opposed to when he cycled on the first Race Around Australia in 2011, when he lost 10kg in the first two weeks.
"He uses about 6000 calories a day, so his nutrition and hydration is important," Mr Lees said.
"He's got some general fatigue, as you would expect - he's covering the length of about two marathons a day, but overall he's doing really well."
Last week his left calf had been in a bit of pain, but his week that injury has healed.
And when it comes to blisters, Mr Lees said, it's more about keeping on top of them, as it would be impossible to completely prevent them.
All in all though, the RAA2 is going amazingly, with Mr Alley running through Proserpine today.
"It's been a really strong few days," Mr Lees said.
"We're remaining positive, it's only early days. Taking it step, by step, day by day."
He said Dave Mr Alley had some visitors from the QLD Police Force, who had turned out to support him, and had some extra support on hand with wife, Hayley, on the road with them until Townsville, which they expect to reach either late Sunday or early Monday.
Tomorrow the team expect to pass through Bowen, and Mr Lees said they'd been enjoying coming through North QLD.
"The weather's been very kind to us - it's been quite warm in the middle of the day. Generally the weathers been very favourable to us.