Travelled 573km, averaging 27.3km a day
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.
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.
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.
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