Outback Mail Run Thursday, November 22, 2001 Ben joins one of the longest mail runs in the world this is Aussie posting at its best!John Stillwell has always lived in South Australia. For seven years, he was an opal miner in Coober Pedy and occasionally helped the previous mailman with his run. Seven years ago, he bought the business, and has driven the mail trip more than 700 times. When you consider the run covers 600km in just one day, you might imagine the job to be quite a lonely one. Not for John. While the mail side of things is controlled by Australia Post, John has incorporated a spot of tourism into his days and thoroughly enjoys showing people a remote part of Australia not seen by many. John says it a two way thing his passengers learn about the Australian outback, and he learns about their lives. There are usually three to eight passengers with John, mainly in winter because of the intense summer heat. They are always amazed by the vastness and flatness of the area. You drive for hours without seeing so much as a hill. The mail run, possibly Australia longest, follows a dirt road triangle, starting and finishing in Coober Pedy, taking in Oodnadatta and William Creek. On the way, John delivers mail to five stations and two towns. He carries an average of 20 bags of mail each trip, as well as large and interesting packages. To a lot of people, John offers a lifeline and takes them goods they cannot just pop out and buy. Just out of Coober Pedy, you will see the 5500km dingo fence, the longest ever built, keeping the wild dogs separate from sheep and cattle. About 60km further on is the huge salt lake, Cadibarrawirracanna, Aboriginal for stars reflecting on water. The first mail stop is at the world largest cattle station, Anna Creek. At 23,000 square kilometres, it is about the size of Holland. Next drop is at the famous William Creek Pub. Locals collect their mail next time they are in where there is a permanent population of seven. Numbers do pick up in the tourist season! An hour further on is Nilpinna Station comparatively small at 4000 square kilometres. On the way to Peake Station, the road follows the historic Ghan railway track, and you will see South Australia longest single bridge. A little further on you can cool off in the Algebuckina waterhole. An hour further on is the Allendale homestead and then it another 20 minutes to Oodnadatta, the second point of the triangle. Mail for the entire population of 180 is dropped at the Pink Roadhouse, famous for its huge Oodna burger. From there you make your way back to Coober Pedy, passing the moon like landscape that was used for filming Mad Max with Mel Gibson. 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Shesaid she jogs a 5K every morning before school and can't wait to tacklesome area road races this spring and summer. And her big goal? The MVP Health Care Rochester half marathonHer 13 minute mile at the start of the seasonwas eclipsed by hercurrent 8 minute mile. So Sunny will likely be a force to reckon with on any road race course. Women Nike Free Run 2 Grey White Teal Blue,It's the day of your wedding, and the tips and advice you received from your mother, friends, and loved ones have paid off and you look and feel beautiful. Time has been spent arranging your hair just so, making up your face perfectly, and getting you ready for your big day. Many times, however, brides just consider the big picture and often forget how uncomfortable they may be during the ceremony or reception in a hot, heavy dress with four inch heels. It's a bad scenario, but it happens. To keep you up, dancing, and mingling with your guests, here are a few of the most essential bride must haves for your wedding day. With a little forethought and a carefully packed cocktail bag, you can be prepared for whatever the day has in store with these wedding tips! 1. Comfortable shoes: One of the most essential bride must haves is comfortable shoes. Imagine having to dance and walk around in those four inch heels for a few hours. Sounds painful, doesn't it? Not buying comfortable shoes is the reason that many brides switch to flip flops during the reception. Though a quick wardrobe change is one option, consider testing out the shoes you buy well in advance. One of the more routine wedding tips that experts suggest is to walk around your home to break the shoes in and ensure you don't get any annoying blisters in the process. After all, squinting and wincing in your pictures will not be pretty. And if you're insistent on those pretty, but painful four inch heels, bring along another pair of more comfortable shoes for the after party some simple flats will do the trick! 2. Breathable gown: Much like your shoes, one of the best bride must haves is a wedding dress that moves with you. A constricting dress will make you cringe as much as those shoes do, and tugging and jerking the fabric will damage it, not to mention alert everyone to the fact that you're extremely uncomfortable. Try your dress on beforehand. When trying it on at the shop, if it feels too tight, then your wedding day will be no different. Move around and get a feel for the dress to ensure that you are at ease on your big day. 3. Waterproof mascara: Oh, there will be lots of tears shed by you, your mother, your close friends, and family. But, you'll be heartbroken when you see your mascara making bee lines all over your face. One of my favorite wedding tips is to wear waterproof mascara to combat the 'raccoon look.' Wearing waterproof mascara on your wedding day will keep your makeup looking fresh, and you'll rest assured that you have no smudges to worry about. 4. Long lasting lipstick: From eating to kissing, your lipstick has many opportunities to fade or smear away. Before deciding on one brand or color, try it out for awhile. Wear it while doing all the things you normally do to see if it has the possibility of fading, smudging, or smearing. And make sure you pack the tube of lipstick in your 'bride must haves' bag! 5. Durable antiperspirant: Whether your dress is sleeveless or not, antiperspirant that stands the test of time is an absolute necessity. You want to stay clean, fresh, and sweet smelling throughout the ceremony and reception, and one of the many wedding tips that experts suggest is to use long lasting antiperspirant. The only way to guarantee this, of course, is with durable and/or prescription strength deodorant/antiperspirant. This extra layer of protection will give you more confidence in whatever you're doing. 6. Small compact mirror: Throughout the ceremony and reception, you'll be relieved that you had your little compact mirror on hand. Tucked away in a small cocktail purse with your other bride must haves, it's just a little bit of added confidence. You can quickly check for makeup smudges and reapply as needed or see if any food particles have become lodged in visible places. 7. Aspirin or Ibuprofen: Headaches happen. And so do aching limbs usually at the most inopportune times. And as far as valuable wedding tips go, be prepared by adding a little tube of aspirin or ibuprofen to your 'bride must haves' cocktail purse. Even if you don't need it, someone else just might. 8. Stain removal pen: You can find these handy, little pens everywhere. Plus, they're small enough to be tucked into your cocktail purse filled with your other 'bride must haves.' Just make sure to spot test the pen on a discreet part of your dress before applying it anywhere during the actual event. Some contain bleach, which may harm the fabric. For quick removal of a tiny, but noticeable stain, however, these pens are a god send. 9. Hairbrush/comb: Tame those frizzies and stay beautiful throughout the day. Another of my favorite wedding tips is to purchase a fold up brush, which is ideal for a small purse with precious space. A quick dab of lipstick and one or two brushes through your hair will have you ready to meet and greet with guests. 10. Emery board: There is nothing more annoying than a jagged nail. Keep your freshly manicured fingers looking lovely by taking a quick swipe of the emery board (or nail file) across it should one break or chip. More Than Just Wedding Tips Valuable Advice These ten bride must haves and wedding tips will ensure that you are prepared for your big day. Weather the day effortlessly by testing out your wardrobe, makeup, and hair in advance as well as by packing a little cocktail purse with some of the essential bride must haves listed above, like that tube of lipstick, compact mirror, aspirin, stain removal pen, comb, and emery board. Even if you don't need them, you'll be glad you had them. Think of these bride must haves and wedding tips as a little helpful layer of extra protection. Cherie Johnson is the founder and owner of Creative Wedding Favors, a one stop shop for a large selection of baby and bridal shower, graduation, quinceaera, anniversary, and wedding favors. Cherie's articles have been published on numerous websites including Blissfully Domestic, Dress Up Your Wedding, and Wedding Museum. Since starting the company in 2006, Cherie has helped countless couples and families make their big events a success. Prior to Creative Wedding Favors, she worked as a professional wedding photographer, capturing the most special moments of the bride and groom's big day. Cherie Johnson is the founder and owner of Creative Wedding Favors, a one stop shop for personalized, unique baby and bridal shower, graduation, quincea anniversary, and wedding favors, helping countless couples and families make their big events a success. Before she launched the company in 2006, Cherie worked as a professional wedding photographer, capturing the most special moments of the bride and groom's big day.
Official Website Sale Discount Women Nike Free Run 2 Grey White Teal Blue,Men Nike Free Run 5.0+ Turquoise White Black Merrell Trail Gloves Barefoot Running ShoesI have been waiting for a long time for a shoe company to build a product like the Merrell Trail Glove that is a true minimalist shoe that offers maximum protection for the bottom of your shoe, yet lets you feel like you are running barefoot. For the past 20 years, trail running has been one of my favorite past times. Back then there were no trail running shoes on the market, especially a shoe like the Merrell Trail Glove. Both barefoot and trail running were for a small group of people. I ran in my everyday road running shoes and the rock surface tended to beat up the shoes really bad. The rubber on street running shoes was too thin to withstand the rocks and gravel on trails. Vibram made soles for heavy duty work boots and back packing. Who would have ever dreamed that Vibram would be a leader in the trail running arena? When I heard that Merrell a minimalist barefoot trail running shoe, I immediately bought the shoe for a test drive. 18 months later I am still a very satisfied customer. It feels so good. When the shoes start getting a funky smell, I toss them in washing machine and get 'em clean. I let them air dry outside. I also suffered from Plantar Fasciitis for over 20 years. I used these shoes during my recovery period. Because they offer no cushioning in the heels, you have to land correctly on your mid foot to absorb the shock. I no longer suffer with plantar fasciitis. I am not making any medical claims. Injuries are usually caused by incorrect training and form. These shoes corrected my running form. If you want know more about plantar fasciitis treatment, see my article Plantar Fasciitis Treatments Why Run Merrell Trail Running Shoes?Minimalist Running Shoes, Maximum Foot ProtectionThe main reason why people choose the Merrell trail glove is because the Vibram bottom offers superior foot protection compared to your own feet. The Merrell Trail Gloves solve problem of heavy shoes that cause poor running form. There has been no research to backup the claims of the big running companies that the super padded shoes prevent running injuries. If you take off your shoes, you will never be a heel striker. These shoes allow you to run naturally. Your mid foot will be the first thing that hits the ground, not your heel. This reduces the stress on your body caused by heel striking. Merrel makes shoes that last. They are so durable I wonder how Merrell stays in business. The My first pair of Trail Gloves lasted a solid 14 months until I retired them to wearing around the house and yard. The casual runner will be able to run in these for years without wearing them out. Merrell Trail Glove ReviewYour Feet Sometimes Need ProtectionWhen I laced up these shoes and hit the trail, it was an ah ah moment. They are super light and have zero drop. It is the shoe that I have been looking for ever since Nike discontinued the Nike Air Sock. You will be running just like you do in bare feet. Because these shoes are made for trails, you are not going to get a real "bare foot" feel to them. The rubber sole protect your feet. I have tried running on rocky trails with a thin 3mm Invisible Shoes Huarache and it did not make the grade for me because rocks caused severe foot discomfort. Despite the lack of ground feel, I was still running properly by landing on my mid foot. The ventilation is fantastic. My complaint as well as other people are critical of too much trail dirt coming through the ventilation holes. Your feet are going to be really dirty by the end of your run. It's a compromise that is well worth the ventilation. Merrells Are Tough On The TrailsMinimalist trail running shoe reviewsThis summer I had a chance to run a rocky trail at Lassen Volcanic National Park up to high elevation fire tower. My feet were so well protected that I cannot remember any sharp objects poking through my forefoot. It was a few hour run and my feet were not hurting at all. The traction is excellent on both dry and wet rocks. The Vibram bottoms give you a solid feel. These were the only shoes that I brought along for our 3 week camping trip. Would Barefoot Ted Run In Merrell Trail Gloves?Probably not, considering Ted owns his own shoe company that makes the very popular Luna Huarache Sandals. If a shoe that covers your feet is not for your, I would consider giving Huaraches a shot. Luna's are not cheap. Expect to pay about the same price as you would for a decent trail running shoe. However, for a good product, people are willing to pay. Huaraches offer the best of both worlds: bare foot feel, ground feel, and foot protection. Disadvantages Of Merrell Trail GloveMy biggest complaint about the Merrell Trail Glove is that the mesh allows dirt and sand to come inside the shoe. My feet are always filthy after a run. It's like I am running barefoot. However, Merrell advertises these shoes as "barefoot" running shoes. They are as close as you can get to running barefoot. The disadvantage turns out to be an advantage. If you don't like dirt coming in between your toes, Merrell offers other choices such as the Merrell Sonic. These are water and dirt resistant. Sonic GloveIf the dirt really bothers you, then the Merrell Sonic Glove is an excellent choice. It's a little stiffer than the Trail Glove. They will keep the morning dew and dust off your feet. I think they are great alternative to the Trail Glove. The soles are identical. Other Uses For Merrell Trail GlovesThese are my everyday shoes that I use to walk around in. I don't want to go back to traditional shoes that cause me to walk with my heels striking the ground hard. I also use them to do the Beach Body Insanity workout routine. The shoes perform amazingly. Insanity makes you jump and move side to side. I am surprised that these shoes lasted a full year doing Beach Body Insanity. I did not want regular shoes because I would have been landing on my heels during the plyometric exercises. Women Nike Free Run 2 Grey White Teal Blue Most of the articles I see that discuss motivation talk about sports. But we average Joes and Jills are not playing sports. We just have to get out of bed everyday, go to work, and try to live. We don't have a coach working with us and a bunch of fans cheering us on. There are no big endorsement contracts, no uniforms, and seldom the thrill of victory. How do we find motivation? It seems to me that most people want to find the motivation to do something (or to stop doing something). Let me give you some examples: What do I mean? True desire you have to really, truly want it. It starts here. It's not going to be easy, but don't lie to yourself. If deep down you really would rather have that new pair of shoes than pay off that credit card I can't help you. You've got to get this straight in your own head. You have to decide what you really want and go for it. When athletes take the field they want to win. Period. You have to have that level of clarity and desire. You don't hear much about discipline anymore and that's a damn shame. Because discipline is what you're going to need. The discipline to get out of bed when you don't feel like it and go to the gym. The discipline to not buy those shoes and put that money in the bank. The discipline to go to night school when your friends are out partying. Every successful person in the history of the world could practice discipline. Discipline is doing what might suck in the short term to get you where you want to go in the long term. No discipline equals no success. There is no easy way out. Information is vital. Too many people fail because they don't know what they need to do to succeed. They don't realize they will NEVER get out of debt paying the minimum balance on their credit cards. They don't know that salad dressing, cheese and bacon they just dumped on their salad destroyed their diet. You don't need more motivation you need more information.1. Commit or let it go. You have got to be able to say "I will do whatever it takes to do ______________." And you have to mean this. If there is any doubt in your mind, come back when you're ready. Don't waste your time until then. 2. Get smart. You obviously aren't that smart about this particular topic. Hey there's no shame in that!! If you could see my library, you'd know there's a whole lotta stuff I'm not too smart about! But you need to quit thinking you have all the answers. Get a basic book on managing your finances or on weight lost or organization. Whatever it is you think you need "motivation" for. Anything that promises you a quick fix is a lie and a bad source. You are not going to become rich, skinny or organized overnight. You need to get smart, not suckered. 3. Set up systems. Automatic payroll deduction, making your lunch the night before, immediately sorting the mail over the trash can, deleting all email by the end of the day you have got to make this a no brainer. Your systems will start to form habits and the new behaviors will become easier. 4. DISCIPLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!! These systems are going to be hard at first, they may be hard for a long time. Even the life long athlete has days when they don't want to workout. That's where discipline comes in. You have to work your system even when you don't want to. Now I don't mean that if you have an injury, you keep working out. I mean if it's cold outside and you just don't feel like it, you man up and go. There's a difference between taking care of yourself and being undisciplined, and we all know it. This is the difference between those who get what they want out of life and those who don't. And the only person who can do this for you is you. Don't get discouraged what I find is that the more you practice discipline the easier it gets. You become stronger. Your self esteem rises. You realize that you CAN get out there and do anything you just have to push yourself. 5. Keep on top of it. Life happens sometimes things will occur that will throw you off track. You may have a health issue or you may have to go out of town for work and things may pile up on your desk. This has nothing to do with your discipline. The clutter comes back, the exercise regime can't be completed, you regain some weight. That will happen, it's okay. As soon as you can, get those systems going again. The longer you wait, the harder it will be. Do what you can as soon as you can. 6. Fight the P Sisters procrastination and perfectionism. Don't put it off till tomorrow. Better to do a little today than nothing. It DOES NOT have to be perfect. A short workout is better than no workout. A small binge is better than a huge binge. Get back on track as soon as you can. You might read this and think but I just want motivation to get out of bed and go to work or to be a better parent. You know what I'm going to say? Look at those steps in that context are you really committed to loving your job? If not, don't look for me to motivate you into it! If you are, are there things you could learn to make you better at it? To help you advance? If you don't know, learn the answer! Set up systems if you love your co workers, make sure you have a fun lunch planned with one each day. The discipline is that you have to fight to keep your fire about anything you have to keep learning, keep growing, keep reminding yourself of what you like, etc. etc. Do you see? These steps really do apply to anything you want to be "motivated" about. So there it is stop waiting for that magic "motivation" and get on it!.
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