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The first pack is complete

posted on 2019-09-20 17:11:04 in Patagonia Preparation

20th September First packing completed and good news it all fits in the pack! Next to go for a hike to make sure it is comfortable and balanced on my back then double check I have everything I need. Following that I will try and trim some weight. Currently weighs just over 20kg. I need it to weigh under 20!...

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13 Days to go!

posted on 2019-09-18 16:04:00 in Patagonia Preparation

18th September Less than Two weeks out and final planning and re-checking our route is now under way for the trip. Checking the plan and making sure everything is still ok and will fit in is extremely important to the smooth running of the trip. It is also good to be able to revise and familiarise myself again with some of the plans and places that were looked at early on. Helps with keeping the anxiety levels down and building the excitemen. Making up for last week I have so far had Two g...

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The Daily Countdown begins

posted on 2019-09-15 10:30:35 in Patagonia Preparation

15th September. Not such a good week for walking with the best day for training being Wednesday. A beautiful warm sunny morning took me back into the Wilson Botanic Park for my “Step” route. This is where I have a circuit that incorporates climbing the main steps then climbing the lookout tower 3 times then repeating as many times as I have time for. A good way to get some hill walking practice without traveling to the mountains. After the intensity of the step circuit I find a walk around t...

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A walk before breakfast

posted on 2019-09-05 14:53:23 in Patagonia Preparation

5th September What a fabulous morning! Clear skies and a pleasant temperature. I planned on taking a stroll around the block before breakfast and ended up with 5.5km under my belt. Not much to write about today from walking the streets but still I amaze myself at the pictures I find even though I have walked the streets many times over the past few months. Thomas started writing his blog yesterday setting out the record regarding how and why the trip came about, I certainly don’t need an...

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Spring walk Wilson Botanic Park

posted on 2019-09-04 13:11:08 in Patagonia Preparation

4th September 2019. Exercise is a strange thing, for years I have barely done any exercise and just accepted myself getting heavier and slower. Now, 18 months after I started swimming again and more recently with the increased walking, I feel guilty if I am not doing a regular swim or walk. After only 3 days out of the pool it felt great to get back in the water and bash out a solid 1500m swim then up to the Wilson Botanic Park for some step walking (26flights) and a quick fire 3km walk. It h...

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Albert Park, Melbourne

posted on 2019-08-30 23:34:24 in Patagonia Preparation

30th August Albert Park, Melbourne Vic States SC Championships. The morning race session went very well with most swims being Best Times and the team earning 3 top 10 places and 12 finalists for the evening session. The pool environment was very hot and stuffy and I was pleased when the final race was completed. As usual I had a swimmer in the last event so had to stay until the bitter end. Leaving the building as quick as possible It was a great feeling and a true “Breath of fresh air” a...

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1001 Steps

posted on 2019-08-29 15:54:19 in Patagonia Preparation

29th August 1001 Steps, Bayview Park, Narre Warren At last I found some time for the challenge of the new 1001 Steps created recently. After a short hike I soon reached the top to enjoy the view. City in the distance west and toward Mornington Peninsula to the south. At the top I joined the equestrian track to walk the loop of the park back to the car park. Feeling a little underdone I decided to walk up the steps and do the step loop track again. The distance was a mere 3.5km and to be ho...

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Walking before breakfast

posted on 2019-08-27 12:03:09 in Patagonia Preparation

27th August A beautiful crisp morning for a short 3.5km walk before breakfast. Walking around a suburban housing estate with the continual buzz of cars rushing by and the chatter of children on their way to school is not the most peaceful but still a good chance to stretch the legs. Being a “photo opportunist” and keeping my eyes wide open for a picture keeps the walk interesting as you never know what you might see. Of course the best thing of all is the appetite the exercise works up...

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Cardinia Aquaduct Trail

posted on 2019-08-25 16:16:36 in Patagonia Preparation

25 Aug 2019. Woke to the sound of rain on the window and not at all appealing to get up and go for a hike with 17kg pack! My commitment to the cause however got me out of bed and soon I was packed. By the time I had finished my porridge and tea the rain had stopped and sky started clearing. I arrived at the start of the walk to sunshine and a cool 8c and looking forward to a brisk walk to warm the body. The first couple of km were quite easy walking along a gentle incline. Listening to the...

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Early Misty Morning

posted on 2019-08-25 01:17:44 in Patagonia Preparation

Up early on a cool and misty morning enjoying a hike through the Royal Botanical Garden in Cranbourne....

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