Goodbye For Now

Yesterday I had a fundraising stall at the Mt Perry Truck Pull. It was a great day and I got to talk to lots of people about what I’m doing. I took my tent, sleeping mat, backpack, stove, GPS tracker, and Helinox chair along so that people could see my gear and feel how heavy the backpack is. The backpack was a big hit! Lots of people had a go at lifting it up (I had it full of water bottles and bulky jackets) and they were all very surprised at how heavy it was. “You’re not really carrying all that are you?” was one comment. I nodded my head, then went on to explain that it will be even heavier than that when I leave. I packed it today and it’s 18kg. By the time I get going it will be around the 20kg mark. I wanted to keep it under 22kg, so I’m pretty happy with that.

I raised lots of money yesterday – a whopping $1311! I had raffles, took donations and sold donated items. The biggest amount came in the form of a cheque for $750 from the Evolution truck pull team. They came in 2nd and chose to donate their cash prize to me. I really wasn’t expecting that. What a great bunch of people!

My mum came for the day with my in-laws and my friend Freya brought her girls for a day out. One of her daughters won a skateboard from Red Frogs, which I imagine she would have been pretty happy about!

The diecast digger featured in an earlier post was won by a local lady Margaret M.

Tomorrow I head off. I will try to post brief updates when someone lets me use their computer. I might be able to check my email from time to time, so if anyone wants to email me: talulasweetie          at           gmail           dot               com         (you know how it’s meant to look).

I’ve had lots of lovely messages and cards from my friends and family. It really means a lot that people care about what I’m doing.

Everyone is invited to come and meet me when I get to Toowoomba on the 14th of September. I will be arriving at Café Valetta http://www.cafevaletta.com.au/ , 96 Margaret at approximately 12.30pm.

Thanks so much for all the support 🙂

Peace out

 

 

 

The Food & Water Drop

Yesterday I drove the hike route to drop off my food caches and water bottles (the Hiking tab has more information and some photos of me preparing the food caches). I told myself it would be a quick trip and I’d be back at home by 4pm. I got home just before midnight. See, I make these little rules for myself, and I just can’t stick to them: don’t talk to people, just keep moving; no, that man doesn’t need you to comment on his shoes;  no, that little girl doesn’t want you to do a jig with her; no, that dog doesn’t need his tummy scratched…you get the picture. I can’t focus on anything, because everything is just so awesome that it absolutely needs my attention and all of it, right now!

Things started to crumble at the second drop at Tansey. I got talking to another charity hiker, Andrew. We had a cuppa and chatted for almost an hour. I knew I had to get moving, but it was so strange that he was the second charity walker I’d encountered in the space of 7 days, I couldn’t resist hearing his story. He had this trailer he had made himself to cart his supplies. He even had a little freezer full of meat! He and his dog Bella are walking from Brisbane to Broome to raise money for depression.

It was great to meet him and talk about the challenges of being on the road. He had nothing but good things to say about motorists, which is great news for me. Not so great were the expensive hiking boots he’d worn almost through in 100km! Lucky for him he had 8 backup pairs someone had donated. You have that luxury when you’ve got your own trailer. I wonder if he harnesses the dog up and gets her to help him pull it? I took this photo of him and his jallopie:

 

Andrew.JPG

 

 

My Friend Billy and Me

Today I did another radio interview with my friend Billy, who runs the morning segment on 4BU radio. He is such a nice person 🙂 I wanted to share this photo of him and me together after the interview. He is the one with no hair, incase you were wondering.

Billy has been great in helping me publicise my walk. I got to plug the Mt Perry Truck Pull, which is on this weekend (13th of August) and I got to say hi to my mum, who hasn’t been too well lately. She was listening and I think she gets a kick out of being mentioned on the radio. Billy mentions her all the time on the radio and her friends often ask her if Billy is talking about her. I don’t think there are too many other Ada’s in Buxton!

Billy and me

Doing Good

I was in Byron Bay for a writers festival this past week. Driving around near Uki I stopped on the side of the road to have a look at a creek. As I walked back to the car I found a wallet on the ground. It was a strange place to have lost a wallet and I headed back to the creek to have another look, thinking that the owner might have come to a watery demise. He wasn’t there, thankfully, so I headed into Uki to see if I could get some reception to contact him through the Whitepages. I don’t know why I had my laptop with me, but thankfully I did and was able to google the directions to his home .(I don’t have an internet phone) as his phone number wasn’t listed. I drove to his house and gave him the wallet back. He was most surprised as he didn’t even know he’d lost it. He told me it must have fallen out of his pocket when he stopped for a wee break. As a reward he gave me the money inside the wallet: $90, which was very generous.

That night as I was reading a book by Clive Hamilton (The Freedom Paradox), which is very broadly about living an ethical existence.  I came across this on page 198:

“The girl who finds a wallet containing a large sum of money and hands it intact…. will probably be rewarded with praise….and gratitude of the rightful owner, perhaps taking the form of one or more of the bank notes in question…The girl does [this] because she believes it is the right thing to do.”

It kind of freaked me out! He could have used a number of examples to demonstrate his point and could have used “boy” rather than “girl”. Did I ever mention I don’t believe in coincidences? Well, that example demonstrates exactly why I don’t believe in them!

Doing good isn’t something I am able to question. I am driven to always do what is right. I didn’t expect the owner to hand over the bank notes. I tried to refuse, but he insisted and at that point, accepting them became the right thing to do. I’m not perfect by any means and sometimes I get it wrong, but I think that all of us have a core of humanity that guides us to do good.

Incidentally, Clive Hamilton calls this core The Noumenon and posits that the only way to truly be free is to live a moral existence, where doing good is the order of the day.

 

The Insect Bite

I wrote in an earlier post about an insect bite on my upper thigh. After six doctors and 2 hospitals, it’s still there! After 2 courses of oral antibiotics I had to go to hospital to have intravenous antibiotics because the oral ones weren’t working. “This is bad, bad, bad!” the older doctor yelled when his colleague called him into the room to get his opinion. “You go right to hospital right now!” he yelled at me.

I got a teensy bit scared then, but I didn’t let my imagination run away with me. I got into a nice conversation with a young man about his broken arm while I was waiting for the I.V. and another interesting discussion with an older man about his sore back as I lay there staring at the ceiling. It’s going to be fine, it’s going to be fine I kept telling myself.

And it is fine. It’s still all different kinds of blue and red, but it’s not really sore anymore and nowhere near as swollen as it was. Turns out it was actually a spider bite, which the last doctor explained to me won’t respond to antibiotics. “It’s a common misconception,” he said, “that only white-tailed spiders cause these kinds of responses. Any spider bite can cause this kind of reaction, and some even worse. The problem is that there isn’t really a way to treat this. We just have to let it evolve.” I’m pretty sure it will evolve into some kind of super-power. I’m looking forward to that. It will help me tame the unicorns.