Week 3

Travelled 573km, averaging 27.3km a day

Week 3  
Day 1 Tuesday 15/3
Heather took photos and interview for Nhill and Kaniva News.
 Left Nhill arrived Kaniva and stayed at a lovely caravan park. On the way to Kaniva I ran out of water 10k out and had a struggle the last part of the journey. Called by  a house and Elsa, grandmother of Caitlan, gave me cool refreshing rain water, the sweetest drink I have ever had. Elsa gave me a home grown peach and pear and spinach pie. Heaven sent. Caitlan will be studying tourism at uni. Altogether a very pleasant meeting.  

Day 2

Kaniva  allowed me to stay free of charge and got some washing done.  Happiness is clean clothes.The park has won many awards and I can see why .
 Met some interesting people at the CP Tony and Joy ;Tony was an anaesthetist at a large hospital. Also met James from WA.
Went to Windmill Cafe to have breakfast.  A large group of nurses having a meeting passed the hat round – more than covered breakfast.
The art collection is always interesting at the Windmill and Jenny Lester Smith showed me her new projects and her home and studio.
Walked on 18 k and camped out.

Day 3 St Pat’s Day
Before crossing the border into South Australia there is a shop called Lockhart Almonds. I had breakfast there as I did last time.  They have a beautiful range of products and the almonds are so unlike what you usually get; fresh is best. They sent me away with two toasted tomato and onion sandwiches.
Joy. Seriously, this range of products would market so well in a place like Freo.  Amazingly they have no distributor in WA.  Thanks, Bevan and Grace.

Day 4 

Had stayed overnight at CP so I could meet up with Fred Smith, journalist at Bordertown Chronicle that went well, especially when I told him I had just missed my GP who was born in Bordertown and was visiting her father for his 80th birthday. Fred suggested I go to local FM station 5TCB 106.1 and 106.4 later on the walk. I was surprised that they put me straight to air and was interviewed by Jill Milne.  She asked very good questions and helped us get our message out. They were also very generous by announcing the everyday hero site regularly after I had left.

Day 5 

Walked 12k out of Border town and camped then onto Keith.  It was like a ghost town – everyone was either at the car races in Adelaide or at a Field Day. Camped at Keith.

Day 6 Sunday 

Spoke to Macca and walked 38 km to Tinttinara where I am writing this blog.  The rain has been constant all night and there is localised flooding.  Reece from the Lions Club gave me an ice cold organic white tea – delicious.  He was on his way back from the Field Day.

 I have 208 km to go to Adelaide; should be there this time next week


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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5 Responses to Week 3

  1. Julie Black says:

    Hi Mike
    Arthritis Perth have let us know of your journey. Can you let us know when you will get to Adelaide.
    We would love to welcome you particularly as its Arthritis Week this week. Our office is 118 Richmond Road Marleston
    Julie Black
    CEO Arthritis SA

  2. Julie Black says:

    Hi Mike
    please let us know when you are near Adelaide we would love to welcome you particularly as it is Arthritis Week.
    Julie Black CEO

  3. Gunvor Velure says:

    Hi Mike

    Peta sent me your contact details. She regularly lets me know how you are going.
    I can hear the hard work involved in your journey, and in the end, as always, it is the small graces that makes a difference to us. Kindness and compassion.
    Warm thoughts,

  4. Dorothy Pauly says:

    Hi Mike,

    Peter and I wish you well on your journey, hope your cold is a lot better and the weather is being kind to you. Good luck and lots of love from us both.

    Dot and Peter

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