[Trailwalker] Tales from the trail – episode 04 – “Fear … it’s all in the mind”

“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
— Susan Jeffers

This week we walked closer to home, as we slotted our training in amongst real-life commitments. Eltham to Diamond Creek along the scenic route followed by a break then return along the creek – the flat route. Scenic in Eltham means hills, and the Veterans team all had fond memories of “Mike’s b****y hill” from previous years (I’m sure they meant fond). After putting the expectation of Mt Everest into the Tenderfoots team, when we reached it, it was much less scary than expected, still steep, but less scary. We went up, we went down, we went up, we went up!, then we went down. On the way we also found Dr Who’s TARDIS parked in someone’s driveway and are trying to work out if we can borrow it for the actual walk.

Is that you Doctor?

After the hills, we stopped and pretended we were at a checkpoint, before the flat walk home. But, as it’s impossible to let everyone take it too easy, we finished it off with a short but very steep hill back to our cars. And that’s how you can tell it’s an Oxfam walk folks … is there a hill around? Yes, let’s go up it!

Mike's Hill Mike's Hill

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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