Day 2 Vila Chã to Fão – 29km

Helen: We both had an early night and got up early enough to hit the the track just as twilight was beginning. Walking along the coast we were treated to an exception array of colours as the sun rose. From Vila Cha to Vila do Conde was mostly boardwalk, so we made excellent timing with…

The international travel begins!

HELEN: The bags are packed and the journey begins. We’re both flying out to Europe a little early so that we can spend time with family in London before starting our trip next Wednesday. I’m flying directly out from Canberra whereas Lisa will go from Sydney. The plan is to regroup on the flight from…

1 week to go….

Lisa:   12 months of preparation and training and now it comes down to 1 week, how did that happen? Feelings of excitement, anticipation, nerves, fear, pure joy to name a few. Backpack is ready to go minus luxurious items such as deodorant and shampoo and appropriatley replaced with more needy essentials like rope, spare tubes…

Exploring Namadgi NP

Helen: Namadgi is one of the easiest national parks to get to from Canberra. In less than an hour of driving you’re well into the park and there are a number of established campgrounds that you can easily car camp. Last weekend I decided to escape the big (little) smoke of Canberra and explore Namadgi….

Three weeks to go

Helen: It’s hard to believe that we’re so close to leaving! With only three weeks to go, training for me has settled into a regular routine of pushing to and from work to rack up the kilometres. I’m living on the north side of the lake, so my route into work includes traversing around the…

Lake Burley Griffin circuit

Helen: I’ve just moved down to Canberra to start a new job and I’m loving exploring. The Lake Burley Griffin circuit is an awesome cycle track that goes right around the lake. A total of 28km, the track follows the lake for the most part but detours on occasion through parks, bays and even farmland….

Outrigger Canoeing 03/06

HELEN: I’ve been enjoying outrigger canoeing with the Pacific Dragons as part of my training. What better way to explore Sydney Harbour, particularly during VIVID festival!    

Innovative Freewheel training 02/06

HELEN: I spent a bit of time out at Sargood on Collaroy last week surfing, using the gym facilities and testing out innovative ways of improving my floor to chair transfers. Being able to get in and out of your wheelchair effectively is a must for independence. It comes in handy for swimming, yoga and…

Training hard 31/05

Training has started! We’re both working hard to build up strength and stamina in preparation for our 250km trek later this year. HELEN: I like to mix up my training sessions to challenge a range of muscle groups and keep me interested. I love being outdoors, so my preference is for a training schedule that…