In Jakarta.

Hi All. A very brief update as I am very tired.

I got here on Sunday and am staying in the Sunny Days Hostel, which is a beautiful place in the middle of gated off tower block community with even a real shower and toilet. It has a nice swimming pool, but as always I am too busy. The run into the city was hair- raising to say the least. It’s 2.15am, and have been very busy working on some logistics. On Monday I go to the Irish Honory Council here to pick up my next pair of running shoes and it’s with them I will show a cleaan pair of heels to Java, literally!

Total 33,634km for 779 road days. My latest estimation is that the run will be over 51,500km, so thats 14 and a half months for 18,000km! I’m loving it, :) sorry I stopped and had two breakfasts in McDonalds on the way this morning as I couldn’t make up my mind if I wanted the so called big breakfast or the pancake breakfast, I just love solving these problems :)

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21 Responses to “In Jakarta.”

  1. Ann Says:

    Food is never far from your thoughts. Can’t really imagine the conditions you are running in on a daily basis, must be so difficult. Roll on the new runners :)

  2. Benjamin Says:

    Hi Tony

    This is Benjamin whom on the street in Jalan Pakubuwono you asked for directions to Tangerang.

    I wish I could have offered you more in terms of directions other than “go West” but from Jalan Pakubuwono to Tangerang the way is not exactly a single straight road . . . .

    Jakarta is a maze of streets and very easy to get disoriented and lost so in case you need some real directions my mobile is +62 816 849204 and email breader@cbn.net.id.

    All the best to you, I hope you find the way to Tangerang then Merak then Sumatera then Singapore. The Singapore 7 Up is going to taste bloody good when you get there.


  3. kevin scanlon Says:

    well done tony. i am sure mcdonalds is a rare treat…….if treat is the right term??? keep it going. kevin

  4. Ann for Tony Says:

    Hi Ann. Pls post comment: Picked up new shoes today.Thanks to Anna of Irish Embassy for taking delivery.Then I got stopped by the security personnell when I sat on the steps of Jakartas Stock Exchange to change my shoes and socks! :-) Many of the SE traders were outside for a smoke. I got a man to take a photo of the real Exchange,my shoe exchange before they told me I couldnt take one. Late start and difficult navigation out of Jakarta,so distance was poor about 20k. I need to confirm exactly on Google Maps. Made it to Karang Mulya and the 24 hr McDonalds there! The nice staff are letting me sleep on a couch in a corner! So bed,breakfast and dinner sorted :-) the only problem I have is they are playing the same cd all evening :-) )

  5. Carl Says:

    Glad to see you’re keeping safe Tony, keep on trucking and enjoy the McDonalds…..Carl

  6. Serena Says:

    I’m loving it!! The mc mangan burger is sure to be running off the shelves!! :) apparently the M sign for McDonald’s is the second most recognised symbol in the world, second only to the Christian cross, so at least you’re in safe hands!! Hope the music is decent stuff (westlife and jedward your personal favourites!!) :) Serena

  7. Ann for Tony Says:

    Ann. pls post “Well I have stopped singing that Paul McCartney song with the emphasis on “If I ever get out of here..” because I am on ferry from Java to Sumatra. Java has been conquered:-)the most difficult month of the run is over..Now,hopefully peace :-)

  8. Gary Says:

    Hope you enjoyed the mc Donald’s Tony :-) keep up the great work. Hopefully this one will be a lot less difficult than the rest. Gary

  9. Ed Says:

    Keep up the work Tony. McDonalds the breakfast of champions.

  10. Ann for Tony Says:

    Hi Ann pls post. First day in Samatra 6th largest island in the world and 44km About 1000km to equator and end of Indonesia in about 3 weeks :-) The road is almost as busy as Java and only 2 lane. Bit hilly.Not even a dead rat on the road! In Java about 50 a day and often one or two alive! Staying with nice family who gave me bed when I stopped for a coffee,what a great suggestion!

  11. kevin scanlon Says:

    great news tony. another island but without the rats, is a positive. hopefully the road will settle down soon. kevin

  12. Ann for Tony Says:

    Hi Ann pls post..Today I pinched myself for the first time in a long time,guess I must be getting an old hand at this, or rather an old leg! Why me selected for this crazy dream..No you need not answer that:-)Yes this run is going to happen.This time next year I will be in the Germany area! And with just over 14 months to my finish line in Dublin I figured 14 months ago I was crossing from Peru to Bolivia,Think I can do all that again and more:-) Moving up a gear now,today Aug 17th 50km on this busy road,though in the afternoon the road did widen. Am in danger of becomming the Litter Angel as I spotted a man throwing junk out of his pickup,so I picked some stuff up and threw it into the back of his pickup,and then I took his photo, He got a bit of a shock.Yesterday an astonished man picked up his wrapper when I asked him why he threw it on the ground even though he was beside a bin.He put it in his pocket and then took it out when I showed him the bin:-) Yes I know,I need to back off as I am not on an envoirement crusade! 33,855km for 785 road days

  13. kevin scanlon Says:

    tony, is there a problem with the spot tracker???? the map has not appeared on my computers for a few days??? when you start talking about this time next year it makes the end of the run seem real. well done. kevin

  14. Terry Cleary Says:

    Long early training run yesterday around Darwin. Thought of you, Tony, ever time I past the Golden Arches.. The big M for Mangan! Keep on keeping on!

  15. Ann for Tony Says:

    Ta4 that Ann! Nrn xx Pls post comment. Hi everyone pls check back to comments for more regular blog updates.ta to Ann for posting. Another tough 48km day and as always busy busy. Btw the record for a family is now 6 on a motorbike.really a scooter as they are only about 100cc. I saw this family,husband and wife and 4 kids last week in Java and they proud as punch to have their photo taken! Anyway these scooters are all over the road coming from all directions.even behind as I run in the rocky shoulder,so I got to run like John Nguggi, ie arms out waving all over the place for my protection hoping they will give me a wider passing. A friend fittingly calls these bikes Japanese Dogs! Now the road is 2 lane and like Silverstone race track.Added to this is a huge volume of trucks,buses and cars. Everyone is in a mad rush,and its a mystery to me how well it flows,They take the most dangerous risks,often with just miliseconds to spare on dangerous bends.narrow bridges, you name it. Amazingly they are so patient in the convenience stores,which are slow slow,Typically 2 tellers but always one that stands on duty wrapping everything even a small Snickers bar or the great IQ tester an ice cream on a 35 degree day! Today I passed a poor man picking up rubbish,he was almost naked except for a skimpy cloth around his waste,still his private was showing.I called him but he ignored me,I ran back 50mts and offered him some money but with a tear in his eve he refused.They are so proud,nobody has ever begged from me. Then at rush hour when traffic was so busy with my head in a spin from all the crazy activity,a buffalo cart with another on tow pulls out onto the road! I kid you not! I laughed my head off while the man posed for my photo.I could still see the tail end of the traffic he made a buffalo of 10 minutes later :-)

  16. Ann for Tony Says:

    Ann pls post..Just a bit more on today Sunday and firstly thanks so much to Fergus for his kind donation to the run which effectively sponsored my recent visa run to Singapore.Good man Fergus. The day got off to a terrible start with a long breakfast amd a 2hr internet stop.Got an email from Andte who reminded me he was the ‘young French cyclist ‘ I met in the Australian Outback.. Isnt it great to young and be able to write from young French cyclist :-) to the old Irish runner :-) ) Andre tells me he is in Flores and met the Philosopical Member of Parlimemt I mentioned in blog. I often laugh and think about our chat about me running on the road as he says illigeally, I can see him standing up in parliment saying Indonesias stupid law of walking with your back to traffic is the countries answer to population growth.Many scooters carry huge loads like rolls of bared wire,rebar,planks which hug the shoulder.Andre says he agrees with much of my observations. I notice here in Sumatra that the signage on the police statioms is sponsored by a cigarette company and one of the logos is ‘ break the limit ‘ is that for smoking or driving, either way to my mind Indonesia is in bed with the tabacco industry, Tonight I am staying with a family who own a petrol station. Last night I stopped at the Honda factory for the area Or Japanese Dog factory! I spotted a likely sheltered area there and the security guards made me coffee and cooked my noodles while they watched English football. Many people ask about Irish footballers Robbie and Roy Keane.. I bet they would get a lot of ‘ hey mister! ‘ here :-) Am told no Indonesian player plays abroad yet I saw in paper Liverpool did a player exchange and one lucky Indonesian is litterally escaping the rat race, I pity poor Brendan Foster on his way to Jakarta :-) )

  17. Ann for Tony Says:

    pls post> “I still got to write the Java blog but dont want to fall further behind.Monday morning blues hit on the double when a rain shower hit after only 4km today. I tend not run in the rain so I took shelter in a cafe where I had breakfast. I think I need to put a decent distance in before taking my first break of the day.This place robbed me charging at least twice normal.What I sometimes do is go into a place and hand them the normal amount asking for rice and whatever. Indonesia,and much of Asia is very like Latin America,no imagination,rice and chicken.No chicken supreme or anyrhing like that or pasta but here at least you can get noodles.The rice is prepared in a rice making appliance,unlike Peru where all cooking was a stick fire or gas cooker.Today I saw a schoolbus,a mini bus which was crammed and even had 7 young boys,about 8 y old on the roof! And then the next one had a boy hanging out the door smoking! That bus stopped and he even offered me a drag! Can you imagine the bus driver saying to his helper..” Hey Ali toss Abdul up there beside the other 6 lads. But Ibrahim should we not put the smokers up there? Dont be silly,let them smoke inside,just like at home. Later that day. ” Hi Mr Raf San Jani I got good news and bad news for you says Ibrahim. The bad news is Abdul fell off the bus. “Ah well I got plenty more where he came from as you know we are a baby factory here in Indonesia..You know I lost another one last year? “Ah sorry for your trouble Mr Raf. “No Ibrahim, I said I lost him but we got him back. You see we were in Jakarta and there were so many on the back of my scooter that I didnt notice that Mo fell off and we didnt know till we got home to Palembang. But Raf thats a thousand km away,you didnt notice. “No I only noticed when I finished my box of fags and went lookin for his but he made it home after 3 weeks as he won a gold medal for backwards walking in the Mosque Olympics. ” Raf I think you mean Moscow Olympics? “No the Palembang mosque has a yearly sports day and Mo won gold, you see with backwards walking he can be obeying our silly law of walking on left side and watching the traffic! Thats what Mangan should be doing backwards running! But he is! He is going back to Dublin:-) “It wasnt my fault Raf,I studied all the Mika Hakinen race videos.I know Ibrahim,How many you say were up on top of the school bus..you want a drink? “Ta Raf, I’m parched. A 7 up, No I’ll have a coke! There you go Mo and now tell me the good news? “Raf I have a full box of smokes that fell out of Abduls pocket!:-) I write a lot of sketches like this in my head as I am running around but as always..Time. That night I finished in Astra Ksetra and made the mistake of asking if I could sleep beside the guard hut in the Comando base.They said yes, then later no.It was too late to go back on the road.Then yes again,asked for my passport,general hassle and then at midnight the cops came out from next town 10km away.There was no hotel where I was. More showing of passport,hassle. One officer spoke English so I said “look I know the police here in Sumatra are sponsored by a cigarette company but your friend doesnt have to advertise them too so can you ask him to put out his cigarette and give me a bit of respect! They wanted me to go to the police station to sleep but I didnt want to and said I would rather sit on a wall all night outside the base! They let me stay! That day 47km next day I was thinking of Pete Townsends song Nowhere to Run:-)) Fitting for Indonesia,well they did push me into the Shoulder the whole day for 44km. I stopped and asked a young woman that served me in a roadside cafe if she thinks Islam considers women to be equal to men in Indonesia.She said they are equal, so I asked her why the men and boys pray inside the mosque while the women and girls pray outside under a veranda. Her reply was that the women must follow the men in Islam. I asked her did she ever question this or why women wear head scarfs. No thats Islam she said. Just then a convoy of buses and trucks sped by so I asked if it was possible for a woman to drive a bus or truck here. No she replied. I made it to a hotel in Tulang Bawang tonight,Tuesday. The man there gave me dinner! Thanks. Only 6km required for 34,000! In 788 road days.

  18. Mam Says:

    Hi Tony, you sure now how to tell a story, great read. Good luck with last 6km to complete 34,000 kms. What a great achievement for you you. Take care of yourself Mam :)

  19. Ann for Tony Says:

    HI Ann pls post x Aug 21st Firstly happy birthday to my nephew Gary, a quarter of a century old today:-) A tasty breakfast of rice,egg and lots of coffee before setting out to the madness on the road. I was in great form as after 6km I clocked up my 34,000th km of the run.Recently I did an interview for the Norweigan Financial Times,so I guess word of the run is spreading. Sometimes the traffic comes in heavy waves lasting about half an hour of sheer chaos,as mentioned before so many drivers taking the most dangerous risks. The shoulder was poor, non existant in places. As the sun beamed on me and I plodded along as if in a drunken stagger,stepping on and off the road as vehicles whizzed by from behind.I have to keep looking back,for they come in waves bullying approaching vehicles to move over. A few weeks ago a car that was just 10m in front of me was bullied into the ditch almost where I was running. Scooters too are just ignored as they move out to overtake,they get pushed towards me.Today during all this I thought I saw a snake it turned out to be just a broken scooter chain! My progress was slow but steady. On the way I saw an old lady sitting in the gravel,she seemed to be in a bad way so I pulled out a larger donation than normal. As I handed her the money I noticed she had a large wad of banknotes with elastic bands around them,I figured she had just finished in her cafe and was waiting for a lift! Ah well at least I got a laugh out of it:-) I finished in a village called Wira Bangun.I didnt have much choice but to stop at the police station.There was nobody there so I just pulled out my sheet bag and rested playing music. A couple of hours later a nice police officer came by and gave me a bed inside.He said the hectic driving is cultural and in the villages the police have no power to stop them

  20. Ann for Tony Says:

    Hi Ann Pls post: Aug 22nd Routine but tough 40km day Total 34,080km. 790 days. Wanted 50km plus but finished early when I stopped at a warung to eat and the lovely family took me to their hearts and asked me to stay. I want to arrive in Palembang early Monday morning to go to immigration for my visa extension.Its 158km away,so no easy weekend ahead! I have long since lost that “weekend feeling”as all days feel the same to me. As I speak the children here are looking at my Indonesian photos on my camera. There was a huge snigger when they came to one of a naked my who was walking down the highway in Java! In Java were 3 or 4 I saw including one young woman,so obviously a lot of untreated mental health issues there. That will be in the Java blog.And btw what you think the drivers were shouting? “Hi Mister!” That is to me! The two convenience stores here are a large chain (not in E Indoneaia) and are in most large villages. I pass at least 10 stores a day. They have toilet facilities with the possibility to shower:-) Toilets are the foothole in the floor job. The etiqute is to throw a few scoops of water down.They have a bricked and tiled water tank called a Mandie or just a bucket. This means a shower can be taken as showers are just scoops from the mandie,I cant understand why Asians like Latinos have a huge problem with toilets,showers and plumbing. I think they just break things and couldnt be bothered with the maintenance,or dont have the skills.I dont find this hygenic because if you throw the water down the toilet foothole guess what pops out onto the floor and the next shower user may not have a clean floor:-)) I change my socks every day often washing them on these visits.They dry out fast as I stick them on my 2 water bottles while I run for goodness sake put a real toilet in and at least a short hose coming out the wall from up above! Just like Latinos hanging doors and locks are a mystery!

  21. kevin scanlon Says:

    tony, great updates. what a mixed bag of people you are meeting every day. keep up the good running. kevin

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I have always considered myself to be an average runner. In school, I was even bullied for I was a sports wimp. Through hard work, dedication, perseverance, self-belief and a strong mind I succeeded in not only running around the world but breaking four ultra running world records during my competitive career. Having previously cycled around the world I didn't start running until I was almost 30. Then I had a dream of running around the world. For many reasons, I waited for over 20 years. One reason was to establish my pedigree as an endurance athlete. I started and finished my world run as the current World Record-Holder for 48 Hours Indoor Track 426 kilometres (265 miles), a record I have held since 2007. I also broke and still hold the World Record for 48 hours on a Treadmill 405 kilometres (251 miles) in 2008. When I retired from competition, more pleasing than any of my world, European or Irish records I had the respect of my fellow athletes from all over the world - in my opinion, sports greatest reward - an achievement I am most proud of. Then I finally put myself out to pasture, to live my ultimate dream to run around the world! This blog was written on the road while I struggled to find places to sleep and to recover from running an average of 43.3 kilometres or 27 miles per day for 1,165 road days. There were many nights I typed this blog on a smart phone, so fatigued my eyes closed. Many journalists and endurance athletes have referred to my world run as the most difficult endurance challenge ever attempted. During my expedition I rarely had any support vehicles, running mostly with a backpack. In the more desolate areas I pushed my gear, food and water in a cart which I called Nirvana, then I sent her on ahead to run with my backpack once again over altitudes of almost 5,000 metres in the Andes. I stayed in remote villages where many people had never seen a white person before. I literally met the most wonderful people of this world in their own backyard and share many of those amazing experiences in this blog. My run around the world took 4 years. There were no short cuts, I ran every single metre on the road while seeking out the most comprehensive route across 41 countries, 5 continents, I used 50 pair of running shoes and my final footstep of the run was exactly 50,000 kilometres, (almost 31,000 miles) I eventually finished this tongue in cheek named world jog where I started, at the finish line of my city marathon. I started my global run with the Dublin Marathon on October 25th 2010 and finished with the Dublin Marathon on October 27th 2014 at 3 05pm! Thank you for your support, I hope you can share my unique way of seeing the world, the ultimate endurance challenge! Read more...


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