89 days to go

Nothing to report.

Just a quote from a book I’m reading that seems relevant to the last post:
“He was…enjoying the ecstasy of an idea, not daring just yet to envision its complications, dangers and vicious absurdities.” ~ Markus Zusak (The Book Thief)

Training in earnest starts now.


96 days to go

A few weeks ago I mentioned a 100,000km walk. I’ve walked a fair few miles since then and given it quite some thought. I’ve even asked Rob what he thought and he did not say NO! At this time of year when carving out time to talk about anything (let alone crazy futuristic quests) has proved to be impossible, I consider this rudimentary feedback to be pretty close to an enthusiastic YES;-) (or at least *why not?*)
I have also chatted with someone who Knows About Such Things – and he thinks this could well be a mighty fundraiser, and has offered guidance and support if we should choose to proceed. He didn’t even think it was crazy. In fact, he dropped the word *tenacity* into our conversation, which felt most encouraging.
So I dream about the Iron Curtain Trail, the E1 (European long distance trail) from Sweden to Sicily, the E8 from Ireland to Istanbul, the Great Wall, South America, Cape Town to Cairo, crossing Australia, France’s famed GR10 with the equivalent elevation gain of climbing Everest six times in only 860km…and yes, trekking in the Himalayas too, and New Zealand’s own Te Araroa Trail.

Last week’s training:
Just one 25+km team walk from Henderson to Muriwai (I really ought to do more walking and less dreaming!)


110 days to go

Guilty as charged.
“You’re silly,” Rob murmured as I crept out of bed at 5am.
I had decided to go early if I was awake as there were other things to do later in the day and walking a long way takes a long time. So with the help of a little substance abuse, I was wide awake at 4:20 just as the dawn chorus was beginning outside our window. Even I thought that was a bit of an extreme hour to be rising, so I had hung around, not dropping back to sleep for another forty minutes.
Are you wondering what my secret weapon is? Sugar. Apart from a couple of little experiments along the way I have been completely sucrose-free for over two years now. I have enjoyed having no eczema, no asthma, and sleeping well all night long. It doesn’t take much sugar to have me waking about 4am, and so I had indulged in a bowl of sweetened yoghurt, a couple of brandy baskets, a handful of strawberries and then an icecream as well. It did the trick! I was on the road by 5:30.

Last week’s training:
Wednesday 9km
Saturday 41km
Serious four-days-a-week walking has been put on hold until after Christmas (at least, that’s what I’m telling myself!)

Total for the week: 50km

117 days to go


This Oxfam walk is not JUST a walk. Each team also has to raise at least $2,000 or they can’t enter and their entry fee becomes a kind donation!
Here are some of our strategies….do any of them inspire you to get involved?
1) Trade Aid chocolate $2.50 for a chunky 50g bar or $6.50 for a big block (200g) – dark or milk.
2) giving goats for Christmas presents. Well, not necessarily goats – but any gift from the Oxfam website that you give can be linked to our team and counts towards our goal (just mention our team name when you make your purchase – we are “Poverty Pleasure n Pain”)
3) pizza party…..I’ll stoke the fire and you gather some friends and come and eat. How much do you think we should charge for that?
4) 900g loaf of handmade sourdough bread for $5 IMG_3176.JPG 5) Of course there’s good old-fashioned sponsorship too. In fact, if you hurry on over to our page (or even if you dawdle!) you could have the honour of being the first giver!!

Last week’s walks:
Friday 9.5 wet km
Saturday 42.4km alone
Sunday 17.8km with team

I’ve stopped writing routes coz I know I’ll never look back at this for future training purposes. I’m never doing it again!! It quite simply takes too much time to train. I like feeling fit, but I don’t need to walk for eight hours on a Saturday to achieve that ….. and soon I’ll be walking twelve hours. It’s just too much. This is definitely a one-off for me.

Cumulative Total: 69.7km