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Looking forward…and back

Standard, January 8, 2016, samlcook, 0 Views 0 Comments
bushwalk great ocean walk

The best laid plans and all that.

This weekend was looking good to get outside and hit the trails: kid free, no place to be….

But the reality is that I’m home sick on the couch (cue: violins).

So, in between naps, and from my spot on the couch, I’m instead spending my weekend daydreaming, and planning.


Back in November 2014 I took a big step.  It was time to put myself first, and do something for me.  I did something I’d wanted to do for a long time: I hiked the Great Ocean Walk.  I joined a group of like-minded people (led by Bang Fitness Adventures), and for 4 days we hiked, laughed, b*tched about the hills – and had a great time!

It was this trip that sparked my interest in sharing my hiking experiences with others, in the hope of them wanting to get out there and give it a go as well…and so I started I Heart Hiking.  Readership was low then (thanks for your support mum), so I’m sharing the posts again…

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

If you’re a sucker for world class coastal scenery (the Great Ocean Road is famous for a reason), then this is the trail for you.  It’s easy to access, with hike-in camping spots (or other accommodation if camping isn’t your style).  And if you don’t have the 6-8 days needed to do the whole bushwalking trail, then it’s easy enough to do just the section you want, with the time you have available.  There are also local businesses that will transfer you (to/from your car) and your bags (hello to not carrying a pack) to make it easier to hike this trail.

We hiked up to Ryan’s Den. There are still 2 sections to go (I don’t like unfinished business) – and this will be my first long hike for 2016.  Can’t wait!


Getting my application in for the event I’m planning was pretty full on.  Maps, risk management plans, timings.

BUT…being stuck on the couch has meant that I’ve been able to get it all together.

Sweat on my brow, shaky finger…and I’ve pressed send!

Let’s hope they believe in what I’m trying to achieve and it goes through OK.  So many people, not just the participants, but so many people in Geelong and the Surf Coast, will benefit from this.  I’ll keep you posted.

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