Chris and Len have a history of endurance adventures including ultra marathons, adventure races and together in 2010, a kayak crossing of Bass Strait. They undertake these adventures to break out of their everyday synchrony, exceed their perceived limits and to feed their paleolithic, caveman instincts.

This adventure is inspired by the Westfield Sydney to Melbourne races held between 1983 and 1991, at the time, one of the toughest in the world. The idea to follow in these footsteps will however only be 3 weeks old when Chris and Len set-off. But an inspiring idea and two weeks of annual leave is an opportunity, by their own account, not to be lost.

Lastly, please consider these two thoughts: 1. the loss of biodiversity on Earth threatens life as we know it - it threatens supplies of fresh water, food, medicine, clothing, housing and the viability of oxygen-producing forests. 2. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew predict that one fifth of all plant species are at imminent risk of extinction. Chris and Len, both with science background are really hoping to make a positive impact on this situation. They seeking to use their love of adventure to raise a very modest $2,000 needed to save one of Australia’s rarest plant and one they will pass near on the Hume Highway, the Grevillea iaspicula. Please see sidebar to read more about the Royal Botanic Gardens ‘Save a Species’ initiative and help them :)

Friday, 17 June 2011

Organised Chaos

Still knee deep in the throes of organisation – shopping for food and packing, refining the support crew schedule, teeing up massages and accommodation along the route, testing the borrowed GPS unit (thank you Phil!), praying to the higher powers that oversee all things muscular, practising sleep jogging…

Had a very enjoyable bunch of conversations yesterday – lots of swapping of stories with fellow adventures, at a Toast Masters meeting of all places. My favourite snippet came from Bob Kenderes who offered, amongst other invaluable pieces of advice, a Hungarian saying: “ha hosszu az ut, lassan kell menni”, which roughly translated would mean “if the road is long, take it slowly”… might well become a mantra!

We were lucky enough to have a photograph session this morning. Keep an eye on the papers – fame may be heading our way. What lengths must one go to in order to get into print media? Approximately 900km, at a guess.

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