It really feels like time to head home.
We’ve been going for about a month now. That’s a month of packing our luggage up every morning, looking at weather, deciding if flyable, flying, refueling, flying, refueling, going to accommodation, blogging, facebooking, rearranging accommodation when delayed, & a bit of sleep. This has been no holiday. It’s a lot easier going to work each day.
This entire trip has been about promoting the message of OWC & its been a huge personal challenge for me.
Ever since we completed our final milestone yesterday, my mind is now set on getting home. I feel tired & I’m so looking forward to a day when I can just sit in front of some mindless TV & not worry about what I need to do for tomorrow.
Although today was a rest day, it definitely hasn’t been a rest day, as the only thing we didn’t do today is packup & fly. Linda is constantly on the phone making calls for the following days ahead & talking to base support.
The rest of the support team are down at the airfield servicing my plane, refuelling the planes & shopping for food & other supplies we need for tomorrow. Thanks guys!
I’m feeling tired & a bit ordinary today. I think the mental & physical drain is starting to catch up with me.
When we first started this flight around Australia, Linda & I were already exhausted with a lack of sleep & stressed out from all the preparation for this trip, but then it was also difficult trying to get into a routine with how we were going to get everything done each night – blog, facebook, recharging electrical items, backing up media, preparing for the next day, etc. I think it took us until Darwin to work out a good system.
Now we can generally get to bed by a decent time, perhaps by 10 pm. This has been really important as often I need to get up at 4 am if we are to leave our accommodation by 7 am – yes, that’s right, it can take me 3 hours to get ready in the morning with assistance from my personal support, Josh.
With the Great Australian Bight ahead of us, we are concerned about the weather as there are a whole series of cold fronts coming through – including one tonight. If we don’t get out tomorrow, we could be stuck here until next weekend. I really don’t want that to happen. But as with flying, we don’t have much of a choice – safety is paramount. We will get up in the air when the weather gods allow us.
I’d like to greatly thank Adrian Van Schouwen, CFI with Cloud Dancer Sport Aircraft, for picking me up a spare tyre & 2 tubes & oil for my Jabiru. I couldn’t get to Jandakot today so he bought these, & jumped on a train to get these to me. He has never met me & doesn’t know me from a bar of soap.
On this trip, there have been so many wonderful people who have helped us out in so many various ways.
I’d like to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart. It has been the OWC support team & kind people in communities all around Australia who have helped make this flight possible & helped to spread the message of why we are doing this: to raise the publics expectations of what people with disabilities can achieve & provide inspiration for all, to get out & have a go at their own dreams & goals.
Over & out,