[quote]Setting off at 8pm from Huntington Pier for a â€˜little runâ€™ we, the crew, got a call at about 10:30pm to say he was a fair way along the route and the little evening run had now become the start of the World Record attempt. We were underway.
Michael and I scrambled to find him, following his tracker on the site for the next hour or so as he ran along a trail along the Santa Ana river, territory he knew well from the 2015 Race Across USA.
Then we headed off to get onto the 60 Interstate Highway. On the way Rob spied a shortcut, or what looked like a short cut. Across some dunes it was difficult to say for sure if it was feesible. But off we went, with Rob keen to cut off any corners he could, knowing his planned route was much further than the minimum 2,766 miles required for the record. I accompanied Rob on my bicycle, racing ahead to see if it was manageable. It was. Just. Full of snake holes we were vigilant in case one made an appearance. The last part, climbing up to reach the 60 was the toughest.
The 5th day of Robâ€™s challenge, Wednesday 18th May, began on the 66 but we turned left about 20 miles into his running, onto a sandy trail through the desert. It didnâ€™t look entirely suitable terrain for an RV our size but Rob was adamant and we continued on.
After 10 minutes putting rocks under the wheels and digging sand away from the wheels ourselves, we called the Emergency rescue number and got Rob packed to run on his own until we could catch up with him. He left and we waited for a pick up.
In Laughlin when Rob turned up and we met at the Riverside RV park, his lips were parched and he was tired but in good spirits. Apparently he had scrambled off road again, through the desert, over a big hill. I wish weâ€™d been there to see it but we were just glad he had made it, as he always does.
No support crew would ever put up with this crap.