[Trailwalker] Tales from the trail – episode 01 – what shall we do now?

Hayfever season is over, summer holidays are over … what shall we do now?
I know,start training for the Oxfam 100 km walk!

And so, our regular training began in earnest last Sunday, with a short 10 km stroll along the foreshore, from Port Melbourne to St Kilda and back. We saw a penguin amongst the rocks, we joked about the hill climbs (those 4 steps up into the rotunda then down the other side) and we admired the ‘beautiful people’ exercising on the beach. Then we finished up with the best iced-coffee we’ve ever had and agreed to meet up this week to try walking part of the actual trail.

beach penguin

So … this week, it was a slightly longer stroll, from Jells Park to Lysterfield Lake … a mere 21 km on a day forecast to be 40 degrees. Maybe we should have have thought this through a little more?
Starting early, it was a pleasant walk through the relatively flat 12 km trail from Jells Park to the spot in Churchill National Park where the first checkpoint will be on the day, with chatting, stories, and building plans for our fundraising filling the time.


After checkpoint 1, however, the ground started to rise, and the heat started to increase, and things got a little harder. This section has the first hill of the trail and is always a nasty shock after the gentleness of section 1. This caused us to discover that hydration bladders vary considerably in quality and ease of use, and that when walking (despite what the song says about diamonds) a good hydration bladder is a girl’s best friend.

IMG_169 aneurysm IMG_171

With recovery drinks and icy-poles at the end before the car-shuffle to get everyone home, we hope that next weekend is a lot cooler than this one.
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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