[Trailwalker] Tales from the trail – episode 05 – “Exit light, enter night”

“Exit light
Enter night
Take my hand
We’re off to never never-land”
— Metallica – Enter Sandman

And the star of our show is … *drumroll* … Sherry! After a week in bed with the flu, she dragged herself out thinking “I’ll know what’ll make me feel better … a bit of fresh air”. This translated to a 26 km training walk in the middle of the night with the rest of the “100 Reasons” team. Eltham to Heidelberg is 13 km along the Main Yarra Trail, and relatively flat, making up for the hills we did last week, and about halfway to Heidelberg it got dark enough to need our headtorches, providing us with practice in seeing and being seen in the dark. Running the gauntlet of the bike riding set, we made it to Heidelberg for a coffee break checkpoint “make mine a cappuccino thanks” before turning around and heading home again. As it was much darker on the return journey, there were less bike riders and more stars, with those scouts amongst us teaching the others to find south using the Southern Cross and Orion’s Belt. And finally, Sherry’s flu decided it had had enough fun and would up the challenge factor for the last few kilometers, which impressed her highly.


As we’re doing all this to help raise money for Oxfam, as well as practicing our long-distance walking, we are planning two fundraising events in the near future, which we’d love you to join us for.
The first is a ‘Beer Pong Tournament’ on the afternoon of Saturday 29th March in Doreen, with game beer, prizes, salads and desserts (byo BBQ meat) and a spot to set up a tent for those who don’t want to drive home, all for $35 per head.
The second is a ‘Trivia Night’ at the 1st Eltham Scout Hall on the evening of 5th April (the first Saturday of the school holidays). It’ll be the standard system of tables of 8-10 people.

If you would like to read more, or support our team by donating to Oxfam, please visit our team pages.

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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