Next fundraiser for Diabetes Qld

On Friday 17th March, I will be heading up to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and joining the participants for the Happy Feet Bushwalk. #HappyFeetBushwalk

The event consists of a night walk to Glow Worm Gully a distance of about 4 km. On the Saturday the participants will walk the 10.89 km of the Box Forest Circuit.

Sunday is a day to recover and head home.

I am hoping that some members from the affiliated cubs of Bushwalking Queensland Inc. can come up on the Saturday and be leaders, so we can have the group size minimised to not interfere with the general public.

I am also looking for donations, just go to my everyday hero site and pay online by various methods.

Group Pic
Border Track Trek 2016 participants

First real bushwalk for the year

Went into Diana’s Bath in the D’Aguilar National Park and it was the first club bushwalk for 2017.

The day was hot and for some the swim was refreshing. Looking at the water, though, I was hesitant as I have had previous bad reactions to swimming in brackish water. There were fish swimming in the waterhole, but not convincing enough for me to go in!

Anyway it was a great day with great company especially #walkaboutbear.

My mind was thinking of next weekend the #happyfeetbushwalk at Lamington National Park and hoping all was well.

At home, got the mower started with Andy’s help and the proceeded to mow the lawn,. After about five minutes the mower ran fast before conking out. It did this last year. After much cord pulling and adjusting the throttle, it started again, but a short time later stopped. Got a third of the back yard mowed.

And that was it. Sue then came home from shopping and she was distraught.

3 hours to do shopping.

Her mind wanders and she can’t focus. She appears to becoming OCD.  Gawd! How do I help!

After a while she decided to go to the waterfront with a friend. Hope all is OK!

 

The ball rolls

Woke up with a heavy throat, and a bit sniffly. That’s why my blood glucose was all over the shop, I’m coming down with something. Oh well see how the day pans out.

Ironed one shirt for the day and after breakfast and shower, headed off to the bus. The bus ride took me to the train and due to roadworks was held up so I had to catch the later train. Finally at work, and sorted out files. Then decided I had better make an appointment to see the doctor. I booked 8.00am on Friday so I can see him and then go and get the blood test done. This will kill three birds with the one stone. One, I have signed up to be involved in research about diabetes management with Uni of Melbourne. Two, I need a medical prior to the walk on the Great Ocean Walk 2016 #gorw2016. Three, it is time for my annual diabetes review. I advised my supervisor of my plans and I will come into work early to make up for it.

I then advised Charlotte of my plans, and then the conversation started to sort out the accommodation for the Warrie Circuit Trek in March 2017. Decided on targeting “The Mouses House” near to the Warrie Circuit so we can walk out and back without relying on other transport.

Charlotte said she would look into it and then I started the next phase of the strategy as how to conduct the trek. My initial thoughts are to limit to groups of six with departure times from the accommodation. If the parties regimen the chase to nominate who goes in which group, then the participants can be dealt with in their small groups at the start, so they won’t feel like they are staggered. I am also thinking of creating distance markers for every 5 km so the participants and leaders can better monitor the trek.

Then it was lunch time. I remembered I had to go to the Bendigo Bank to pay the water bill, and as I have to pass RACQ on the way back, I also dealt with the car insurance, caravan insurance and my membership. Happy to roll it together and get the discount as a gold card holder, plus other benefits.

Returned to work and had my lunch then finally cleaned up another file.

Off to home I go, and at home got into study, plus turned my mind to a policy for Bushwalking Queensland about unincorporated clubs. Will follow the lead taken by the QWALC.

Then it was bed time.

A day to be proud of

Arose early and packed my gear for a day in Noosa, walking the Noosa National Park and hopefully spot a whale or two. I also managed to print raffle tickets for the espresso machine and decided that the tickets be sold for $2.00 each.

Had a great breakfast and my BGL was at 4.5, a good start for the day. Andy arrived just after 7 and off we went.

The traffic was fairly light for the run up the Bruce Highway and we missed the Yandina turn-off, so went to Eumundi instead. From there it was a quick drive across through Tewantin and on to Noosa Junction before arriving in Sunshine Beach and the meet point at the junction of Surf Street and Parkedge Road. We then waited for the other participants.

We then walked off with Gavins Water Bottle providing the commentary on the Glasshouse Bushwalkers Club Inc. blog at .

After the walk Andy gets back in the car and declares that he is short of fuel. We decided that Coolum would be the best bet, so headed there. Arriving at Coolum, the service station was found but couldn’t turn right to get into it. Andy said he was sure there was one on the Coolum Beach Road between the beach and the Sunshine Motorway. I agreed as I was also sure I had seen one.

Sure enough we found the BP and so while Andy filled up I went and got drinks. I was so thirsty! Andy came in and went to the toilet. So while in there I paid for the fuel, to his surprise.

So we headed home and arriving about 2.45 pm, unpacked the gear and stowed it away and put together the clothes to wash… No soap powder! Sue’s gone shopping and just came back too! Will have to wash later!

Settled down for the afternoon and gloated about the great weekend that had been, I had walked in two days the distance of one day of the Great Ocean Walk. Need to step it up next weekend! Although the Bushcare in the middle of Saturday’s walk gave my upper body a bit of curry!

So the rest of the night was to prepare for work the next day and then go to bed with a bit of Olympics to tire me out!

#GORW2016 Training

Woke early and proceeded to get ready for a training walk with fellow walkers for the Great Ocean Walk 2016 (#GORW2016).

The first thing though was to have breakfast, find my clothes for the walk, and decided how much to take.

Then I had to do the school run first so left at 7.40 am with Lauren and took her to Hercules Road State School. I came back and then took Stacey to Deception Bay High School. Gemma was sick so stayed home. I was early after this chore so went back home to make sure I had everything.

Once I was sure I was ready I drove to Raven Street Reserve and the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre. I met the other walker and we set off with #gavinswaterbottle in tow.
The walk initially followed the concrete track for a couple of hundred metres to the bikeway which traverses the reserve. Turning left we followed this track, passing a scrub turkey’s mound, which had many deep holes in it. It has either been attacked by goannas or the eggs have hatched.

After a few more hundred metres turned left onto an indistinct track and followed this bush track down to a gully, crossed the gully and then followed it out to Raven Street. A shirt distance up Raven Street was the bike path which was then followed to the large bridge over the creek. Just after the bridge, the track to the left was taken and followed to the next intersection, and again turned left. This track was followed to Raven Street, but then a set of stairs were taken as the track paralleled Raven Street out to Hamilton Road. Upon reaching the northern boundary of the Raven Street Reserve. The track was then followed along the boundary to the green bridge and then the green bridge used to cross Hamilton Road and to go into the Milne Hill Reserve.

From the green bridge the road was followed up to the water reservoir and then turned left to go around to the west of the reservoir and to the summit of Milne Hill. This summit gave views across to Moreton Bay and the city.

From the summit the walk descended 75 steps and then three switchbacks to descend to the track that contours around Milne Hill. On the way down we were watched by a swamp wallaby. Turning left onto this track there was more descending to the bike track along Little Cabbage Tree Creek. Turning left once again the bike track was followed to Killarney then kept to the grass following the creek to the entry into Chermside Hills Reserve.

The Giwadha Track was then followed to the left over the bridge and around to the west of the reserve then ascending to Spider Hill. At the base of the hill, the track was taken straight up to the summit. The trees on this summit make viewing difficult. The Stringyark Trail was then followed paralleling Trouts Road before coming out onto Trouts Road. A walkway was then followed through houses down to Roebig Street, which was followed to the roundabout. Going down Steffen Place from the roundabout, the bikeway along Little Cabbage Tree Creek was followed to the Milne Hill Track.

The steps were retraced back into Raven Street Reserve, although on the ascent, we found ourselves meeting the steps about halfway up the flight. Once regaining the Banksia Track, a left turn was made to continue on this track and then a right turn onto the Xanthorrhea Track. This track was then followed to the concrete track leading to Federation Street. This path took us to the fruit bat colony and then we returned to the Creek Track which followed Downfall Creek. This track then returned to the first track and the day use area and car park.

After the walk headed home and had a lazy afternoon catching up on the Olympics. I also dealt with issues with Bushwalking Queensland Inc., Glasshouse Bushwalkers Club Inc., Australian Adventure Activity Standards Technical Working Group, and other matters.

Gloating about the good day I had, I went to bed!

What Public Holiday?

First day of the work week and in for an interesting time.

It is a public holiday at home being in the Moreton Bay Region, but not at work being in Brisbane City. However, the bus was running a public holiday timetable but the trains were running a normal weekday service. On Wednesday, the Brisbane City area has the day off and everywhere else is a normal day. The trains and Brisbane based services will be on a public holiday timetable, while all other services will run to a normal weekday.

And they want daylight saving to be zoned in Queensland, as if!!!

So, no chance of catching the bus today. Luckily Sue was willing to drive me to the station to get the train. So I stuffed around as I had extra time to get ready.

Got into work at the normal time and sorted out the priority files out and started a new one.

Received an email that my bank account details had been changed so the money won’t be far away. Then I’ll be able to go down to RACQ and sort out the membership and insurance. Also can then look at car improvements.

Arrived home to the delivery of an espresso machine, milk frother, and 700 pods. This will be an excellent raffle prize to make up the fundraising target. Would be good if I can find a second prize.

That was it for the night. Plenty of #Rio2016 action to watch. Gee, how I love the Olympics.

Great Ocean Walk 2016 Training

Woke early and prepared for a training walk with some fellow participants of the Great Ocean Walk #GORW2016. The walk was to meet at Simpsons Falls, Mt Coot-tha and walk a few tracks in this reserve that contained all types of track difficulty to assess the fitness of the other walkers.

With #gavinswaterbottle in tow we started following the track beside West Ithaca Creek as it ascended up the small valley passing Simpsons Falls on the Simpsons Falls Track. On this stretch a couple of rest stops were made to allow the slower walkers a chance to get their breath and be warmed up. Upon reaching the bridge, we crossed West Ithaca Creek and followed the Euginea track across to the Powerful Owl track and then took the descent down to Silky Oak Car Park then walked along the road back to Simpsons Falls for morning tea.

After morning tea, went back up the Simpsons Falls Track but this time turned right onto the Stringybark Trail and ascended to Sir Samuel Griffith Drive. We then crossed this road and ascended towards Paten Road, The Gap on Maculate Track. This track contoured around the hill, so on the other end, meeting the Bardon Trail and then took this track back over the top of the summit, past a communication tower and back to Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, then followed our footsteps back on the Stringybark Track and Simpsons Falls Track to the Simpsons Falls Day Use Area.

Total distance walked 10 km. Further details of the walk at http://www.mapmyhike.com/workout/1660416458.

Upon arriving back at home, proceeded to upload photos from the walk to social media (well, OK, one photo which had already been posted at the time from the track). I also posted the link to the MapMyHike so the others could have an idea of where the walk went.

The rest of the day was catching up on housework – catch up, more like I wish the washing machine was fully automatic!

Watched the #Rio2016 Olympics highlights and then off to bed for work in the morning.

Progress!

Woke lacking the symptoms of the cold. Is that it? Easier this morning to do my usual routine.

Arrived in work and got down to business. This current file is causing no amount of headaches. Just need to finish it. The problem is that the more it looks like no further action is to be taken, the deeper I have to look in case of some hidden non-compliance.

While this was going on had an email conversation with Charlotte about the Noosa Trek in March 2017, the Great Ocean Walk in a month and other fundraising matters. Now I have the scope of what the fundraising walk should contain, I am confident of finding a suitable venue and challenge.

Purchased my tickets to fly to and from Melbourne for the GreatOcean Walk after noticing the prices for the flights for that day I had looked into had risen. Chose Virgin Australia flight departing Brisbane at 7.55 am and driving at Melbourne’s Tullamarine at 10.20 am. The transfer to Bimbi Lodge departs Melbourne at 1.00pm. The return flight departs Tullamarine at 8.00pm and gets into Brisbane at 10.20pm. Hope there is enough funds to pay for all the other bills this fortnight as I expected the money from Remserv/Maxxia to be sorted by now. But still the same pay, so Remserv/Maxxia have received payments for the lease when there is now no lease.

Fingers crossed!

Received a phone call from Murray IRWIN of Outdoors Victoria about the AAAS TWG and advise where they are at, also offered me to be chairman, which I declined due to the issues in Bushwalking Australia.

The rest of the day was to continue work till the end of the day..As I should, with a break for lunch. I started to feel like the cold was really taking hold at this stage, but it is probably being in the air-conditioned environment. That was making me feel bad. My BGL readings were also over the place.

So work finished and off home I want. On the way I cleared the Bushwalking Queensland Post Office Box and found 3 cheques. I contacted Andy and he said he would be around later tonight to collect them.

Once home had dinner and then settled down for the night.

Work life balance

I awoke with a full-blown cold, runny nose, sneezing, puffy eyes, headache, but only a slight cough. I felt I could go to work and see what transpires. If I get too sick to work, I can always come home.

Having arrived at work, I checked the calendar and found I had three meetings today. The first was the team meeting in which to update the other team members of our activities. The next meeting, almost straight after was with the team leader and to go through my Achievement and Development Plan. having settled on the terms of this plan, I then went and met Charlotte from Diabetes Queensland to discuss the 2017 Trek. A plausible location was the Noosa Trail network as it provided a less restrictive environment for group size and presented opportunities the Border Track Trek lacked.

Just need Diabetes Queensland to accept the proposal then I can locate accommodation, depending on the needs of the accommodation.

Went back to work for a short stint before heading home. My headaches were getting stronger and my throat drying out, made for an uncomfortable afternoon.

So headed home for a rest and then bed. I was impressed with Lauren when I arrived home as she was telling me jokes.

During the night the rain started. Hope tomorrow is better!