Day -14: Arrived at Tullamarine not able to remember pin number for phone. Got taxi to werribee Plaza and borrowed $2 to get a shopping trolley and pushed cart with bagage to Peter &Dot Pauly’s home(my Cousins)

Day -13 to -10:  Assembled buggy not without some small dramas but rang Action Cycles and they talked me through it. Dot and Peter were very supportive.
Dot put on a lunch to meet two cousins Ann and Rita hadn’t seen Ann for 40 odd years. Good to catch up and hear the family mythology from a different perspective.
Haven’t fitted the lights or a flag yet.
Went to Men’s Shed in Hoppers Crossing Neil fixed my little basket to George Two (Buggy named after the Old Royal George who the developers have taken away from the community of East Fremantle. My old Studio) They offered ie the Men’s shed committee $50 I said I would come back with a receipt (which I did today)

Day -10: Took the Federation walk from Hoppers crossing probably 18 or so km and walked to Brooklyn where I went to see Jotun about a donation. Lee and Ted were not there, it was getting close to 5pm. 
Tried to get into Half Moon caravan Park but no room in the inn so went back on the trail as far as it went at the West gate Bridge. And put up my tent under the veranda of the toilet and waited for the approaching storm. Bit of flowing water under the tent nothing serious. Nice en suite though.

 Day -10 to day -7:  Spent at Flinders Street Backpackers. Took an hour to get in waiting for the lift to be empty enough to get the buggy in.

That’s all I can think of today folks; apart from having my head shaved today and losing all my boyish good looks


About afwa0987

On the 16th May 2009 sixty-nine year old osteoarthritis sufferer, Mike Pauly, set off from his home in East Fremantle on a lone journey walking across the Nullarbor in a bid to raise funds and awareness for Arthritis. He completed the epic 3617km walk unaided. In 2011 he will walk again – this time from Melbourne to Perth. Mike will be pushing all his food, water, clothes and tent in a customised baby buggy and will camp out for 70% of the trip. He will experience the extremes of the Nullarbor and will walk a minimum of 30 km per day. After being diagnosed with osteoarthritis in both knees as a result of being overweight, Mike started walking. After reading Deanna Sorenson’s account of walking unsupported across the Nullarbor, Mike decided he would walk from his home in Fremantle to Federation Square Melbourne via Coolgardie before his 70th birthday in a bid to raise funds and awareness for Arthritis WA.
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  1. Alan Middleton says:

    Hi Mike, I met you when you arrived in Melbourne and would like to know how you are getting along. I thought it was a great efford and thrilled to hear you are going to walk back. How are the aches and pains ? Could you let me know what type of trianing you have been doing. I wish you luck and good health keep walking… Cheers Alan.

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