[Trailwalker] Tales from the trail – episode 09 – Mordialloc to Jupiter

G’day folklings,

As a change of scenery for our longest (50 km), and final, big training walk together, we decided to head to the beach and walk the Coast Trail for the 25 km from Mordialloc to St Kilda, then turn around and come back again.

A slightly depleted group met in Mordialloc, as Cristy was in Thailand and Darren was in bed with the flu. Sherry also wasn’t able to make it to Mordialloc, so had organised a group of friends to take it turns to walk with her as she walked the distance around Hurstbridge instead.

The first 10 km of this walk is Frances’ regular weekly walk, so she was our navigator extraordinaire until we reached Half Moon Bay, but we were then in the Wilds Unknown. Thus a new reason was identified to have a rest stop – intersections, this way or that?

After stopping at Brighton Beach for a ‘checkpoint’ – food, drink and sit down – we continued and discovered that at Elwood there are quotes written in the path of memories of Elwood. Reading these kept us entertained as we started to wonder how much further ’til we turned around. As we neared St Kilda, we passed a wedding and contemplated gatecrashing until realising that, having not the forethought to pack our ‘posh frocks’, we might stand out a little.

And then St Kilda. The scale model sculptures (1: gazillion scale I think) of the solar system provided us with focus as we passed the Sun then Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, only 540 m to Jupiter, then Jupiter. Yes, we’ve made it to 25 km! Time to turn around. Many jokes were made about Tracy’s navigational skills “at least Darren kept us on the planet last week”.


While we had admired the sea and beach scenery on the way out, on the way back we admired the very expensive houses set up to look at that scenery. The voted favourite was the one with ‘his and hers’ garages, and telescopes were the toy of choice in many upper windows.

Being long and flat, and a lot on footpath, feet began to complain, so we had a bit of a shoe shuffle to give our sore feet a change of scenery. Also, not having Darren with us, we didn’t quite get the food intake right and so had an emergency food stop at Black Rock, a tactic that made a huge improvement to both our energy levels and morale.

All in all, a satisfying day and we feel that in less than 3-weeks, when we line up for the start of the Oxfam Trailwalker, that we’ll be as prepared as we can be.

Yes, folks, it’s now only 15 days away, the first Friday and Saturday in May. Wish us luck.


Cheers from the ’100 Reasons’ teams,
Team 169: The Veterans – Darren, Chris, Gwen, Frances
Team 171: The Tenderfoots – Tracy, Sherry, Cristy, Rebecca

Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne – 100 km – teams of 4 – 48 hours

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This weeks links (2014-04-14)

In brief:

* Heartbleed bug Check which sites have been patched (2014-Apr-09) [CNET]
We compiled a list of the top 100 sites across the Web, and checked to see if the Heartbleed bug was patched.

* How not to deal with your customers about Heartbleed; thanks to WhichBank?
What you need to know about Heartbleed (2014-Apr-10) [CBA]
(read the comments)

* Scientists say Australia’s Tony Abbott is engineering an ‘environmental train wreck’ (2014-Apr-08) [GlobalPost]
LONDON — An “environmental train wreck.” That’s what leading environmental scientists say that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has engineered, in less than one year in office. They say the changes he’s implementing could result in irreversible damage to some of the world’s most fragile ecosystems. …


* Bupa Around the Bay entries are open!

* 2014 Paris-Roubaix :: Final 10km

* The Week in Bike #15 – 11 April 2014

Some reading/listening:


* Amanda Palmer #ninjaTED show at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre

Something from Bandcamp:

Starlight feat. Kelly Nunes by Moonstarr

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[Trailwalker] Tales from the trail – episode 08 – Fun, frivolity, fundraising!

We apologise for the delay in transmission …. this is last week’s blog. This week’s will be transmitted in a few days time.

Sock Monkey ready to fire up for Saturday night’s Team ’100 Reasons’ trivia night

We’ve now held our two planned fundraising events.
The “100 Reasons” Beer Pong Tournament where the friendly battle to be Beer Pong Champion of 2014 was fierce, and
The “100 Reasons” Trivia Night with lots of fun, frivolity, competition and trivia.
As neither of these events could have been as successful as they were without considerable support, we’d like to thank the members of our teams, support crew and families for helping to prepare and run the events. the local businesses and friends who helped with donations and all the friends who came along and participated, helping make the events so much fun and helping us achieve our fundraising goals.
The walk on the morning after a Trivia Night requires an additional source of energy, therefore the new official training fuel is COFFEE!!! Starting from Ferntree Gully with a coffee in our hands, we headed up Lyrebird Track “I’m sure this is steeper than it was last time”. Maybe not? as we came up behind a girl strolling up the hill in 2 inch heels. Should these be our new Trailwalker footwear?
As we walked, talked and learned more about each other, we learned that Bec used to watch the Trailwalkers as a kid as she ‘helped’ her dad on logistics for the Trail. She has been patiently been waiting to be old enough to take part ever since, and finally now’s her chance. Between the 8 of us in the “100 Reasons” teams, we have a 50 year age range between the eldest and youngest team members.
On the second section of the walk, Olinda to Mt Evelyn, we decided that as we’d already seen the actual trail, we’d take the scenic route and so found ourselves on a (slightly unplanned) detour, adding a few extra kms to our journey. Oops, we zigged when we should have zagged.

Sunday – On the rail trail for our 3rd leg of the day. A bit slower than usual as we were backing up after the trivia night with 42km on the hilly section

At the end of each section of the trail, our support crew met us and plied us with food, drink and encouragement, so that after enjoying their ministrations for the second time that day, we were able to head out for the third and final leg of our day’s journey. Aah! a nice flat section along the rail trail, listening to, and trying to identify the music from old tv shows (which had been collected for the trivia night) to keep us together as we walked in the dark. Choosing to stop at the Killara Station on the rail trail “The 7:45 from Killara is not taking passengers, please disembark and stand clear“, we left the trail, found our crew, and finally went home after 42 km of walking.

Cheers from the ’100 Reasons’ teams,
Team 169: The Veterans – Darren, Chris, Gwen, Frances
Team 171: The Tenderfoots – Tracy, Sherry, Cristy, Rebecca

Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne – 100 km – teams of 4 – 48 hours

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Music Monday #160 – Hilltop Hoods

Hilltop Hoods Hilltop Hoods are an Australian hip hop group, which formed in 1991 in Adelaide, South Australia. The group’s founders are Suffa (Matt Lambert) and MC Pressure (Daniel Smith), who were joined by DJ Debris (Barry Francis) after fellow founder, DJ Next (Ben Hare), had left in 1999. The group released its first extended play, Back Once Again, in 1997 and have subsequently released six studio albums, three DVDs and a “restrung” version of the 2006 album, The Hard Road. Three of their albums have peaked at number one on the ARIA Albums Charts: The Hard Road, State of the Art (2009) and Drinking from the Sun (2012). Two tracks have reached the top 10 on the related ARIA Singles Chart, “Chase That Feeling” (2009) and “I Love It” featuring Sia (2011).wikipedia

And now for some music …
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2014 Paris-Roubaix

RBX April 13 2014
Paris–Roubaix is a one-day professional bicycle road race in northern France, starting north of Paris and finishing on the Belgian frontier. From its beginning in 1896 until 1967 it started in Paris and ended in Roubaix; since 1968 the start has been in Compiègne (about 85 kilometres (53 mi) north-east from Paris centre). The finish is still in Roubaix. Famous for rough terrain and cobblestones (setts), it is one of the ‘Monuments’ or classics of the European calendar, and contributes points towards the UCI World Ranking. It has been called the Hell of the North, a Sunday in Hell (also the title of a film about the 1976 race), the Queen of the Classics or la Pascale: the Easter race. The race is organised by the media group Amaury Sport Organisation annually in mid-April.
First run in 1896, Paris–Roubaix is one of cycling’s oldest races. It is known for its many ‘cobbled sectors’, being, with the Tour of Flanders and Gent–Wevelgem, one of the cobbled classics. Since 1977, the winner of Paris–Roubaix has received a sett (cobble stone) as part of his prize. The terrain has led to the development of specialised frames, wheels and tyres. Punctures and other mechanical problems are common and often influence the result.
wikipedia [UCI 1.UWT | FRA]

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Slomo’s combination of candor and eloquence made him a natural on camera, and his background as a neurologist legitimized his metaphysical theories about skating, lateral motion and the brain. But like many of the people who saw him skating by, I couldn’t help wondering: was this guy nuts, or was he onto something? And was his mantra – “Do what you want to” – translatable to those of us without the nest egg of a retired doctor? But just like the throngs of Slomo fans on Pacific Beach, I couldn’t get enough of him, and was determined to capture the effect he had on people in a cinematic way. ❞ [NYT]

“Gentlemen, we are ready to skate”

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Game of Thrones – Season 4

GOT_S4 Description:
Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros.
There are no iTunes links for Season 4 as Foxtel doesn’t play well with others, that is always going to end well.

A Song of Ice and Fire:
Show-runners DB Weiss and David Benioff have cut Martin’s third book, A Storm of Swords, in two: season three is the first half; season four is the second.

(Beware! Spoilers after the jump)
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