In Ocean Rescue Run

Over the Ridge

First three days of the run have gone very well.  The route over the ridge and through a national forest provided little if no access to cell service. The run began just east of Reedsport, OR where the trip was postponed last year.  In two days, David has run from Reedsport Oregon, traveling just west of Cheshire, Oregon, through Corvallis and ended north of Adair Village.

Jun 2nd, 2017 (Day 39)
total distance completed: 55 km / 34.18 miles

start: Reedsport, OR
stop: for breaks in Siuslaw National Forest
total distance achieved to date: 1755.50 km / 1090.82 miles

Traveled through the Siuslaw National Forest, past several camp grounds that were perfect for snack breaks.  Very little to no traffic and perfect  shade for the first day of the run.  We had assistance with the route as our WIFI was not operating throughout the park…several gentleman in a little store, in fact the only store all day, just east west of the park campgrounds.

Jun 3rd, 2017 (Day 40)
total distance completed: 64.3 km / 39.95 miles

start: the ridge in Siuslaw National Forest
stop: west of Cheshire on Hwy 36
ran by: Walton
total distance achieved to date: 1819.8 km / 1130.77 miles

The ridge was quite steep in some areas, but again a great run and covered plenty of distance today.  Thanks again to the forestry maps and Al & Dave at Walton’s Half Way Cafe. Came off hwy 126 which was busy with traffic headed to the coast, but mostly flat.  Stopped just west of Cheshire, then drove in to Junction for supplies and to find a place to sleep.  Will head back to the stopping point in the morning and take Territory hwy north.

Jun 4th, 2017 (Day 41)
total distance completed: 60.7 km / 37.72 miles

start: HWY 36 and Territorial N.
stop: north of Adair Village
ran by: Corvallis
total distance achieved to date: 1880.5 km / 1168.49 miles

The weather was hotter, running on straight flat pavement in a head-wind took more effort today. Running through miles of farm land including blueberry, and Christmas tree farms, along with  vineyards, kicked up the allergies a great deal as well.

Thank you to Jane Stebbins of the Curry Coastal Pilot in Brookings OR and Jeremy C. Ruark of The News Guard of Lincoln County, for touching base.  We appreciate your interest in our story and cause!

To raise awareness on the effects of plastic waste in our oceans and funds for waste management solutions in Raja Ampat, Friendly Drifter Co-Founder David Pennington continued the Ocean Rescue Run on June 2nd, 2017 in Reedsport, Oregon and plans to finish in Vancouver, Canada. The route was chosen to connect ocean coasts, remove international boundaries and bring attention to this global issue.  “Some of our western technologies, plastic culture and production have had serious negative impacts on the environment, all over the world.  I feel we have a responsibility to create solutions for areas ill-equipped to deal with the waste issues.” states David. Last year David ran from the US/Mexican border to Reedsport, Oregon – where the run was suspended due to an infection in his foot. Beginning where he left off, the Ocean Rescue Run will comprise of approximately 2700 km / 1740 miles. If you have the means and wish to participate please visit the Go Fund Me website.  Additional details and more information on our program can be located on our Home and Participate pages.  News and articles can be found on the Media link. Thank you!

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2 Comments

  • Terry and Renee June
    Jun 05, 2017 at 02:52 pm

    Hi….we are really enjoying the blog. Sounds wonderful, and we are glad there are no sore feet. Have fun!

    Cheers!!!

    • Friendly Drifter
      Jun 06, 2017 at 09:18 pm

      Mom is doing a great job with the blog! She’s a real trooper!!

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