As I sat in the recliner wheelchair unable to move, all I could do was stare at the pale blue wall in front of me. In that moment, the reality of the consequences of my motorbike accident suddenly transformed from a vague detached thought, to the dark and painful realisation, that my life as I […]
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“Dave, there’s an opportunity going that might be up your alley” said Pete on the phone. “Really, what is it?” I ask suspiciously. “There’s a spot going for a 7-day trip sailing on a tall ship” “A tall ship ay? They’re not very wheelchair accessible.” “Yeah, but this one is. It was built by the […]
A lot of people have said to me “How do you paddle a kayak?”, usually with a confused expression on their face. In this blog I will discuss my kayak modifications and how I paddle. The Kayak I have a Prijon Kodiac Sea Kayak, 5.2 metres long. Although I will be on a river and […]
My next big adventure is only 6 weeks away. I am attempting to paddle my modified kayak from Lake Hume to the Sea, 2,200 long, winding kilometres. It sounds painful when I say it slow and think about it! The expedition will start on the 1st March 2016 and I am hoping to finish by […]
When I was flying through the Kimberley region last year, I realised I had to come back. The scenery was spectacular from the air – the changing red shades and shapes of the mountain ranges, and untouched wilderness with periodic traces of human inhabitants, only accessible by air, or a long and tough 4wd journey. […]
I felt a little sad to leave Karratha as I was really enjoying spending time with my sister, Marguerite, partner Jon & family. I also really enjoyed being back in a relaxed home environment. Linda is having withdrawals from our dog, Zeus, so she gave Marg & Jon’s dog, Dexter, heaps of attention to get her fix […]
As with all rest days, today gave us all the chance to catchup on a few things. We had a great night last night with my sister Marg & family. Its always nice to be with family. I was pretty tired & after a couple of wines, I struggled to keep my eyes open. I […]
Last night we stayed at the Country Women’s Association (CWA) house in Derby. Thanks to Mary Harrap from Derby’s CWA for helping us out. It’s funny how smells remind you of certain things. The smell of this old country house reminded me of my grandmother’s house when I was a kid. For Linda, it brought back […]
Today we had a second go at trying to get out of Kununurra. It has been disappointing that we’ve encountered this unseasonal weather as, apart from the delays, it has stopped me & the team from flying our original track from Kununurra to Kalumburu / Truscott & then to Derby. This route would have been closer to […]
I was looking forward to ticking off another leg & getting closer to home. When we looked at the weather forecast this morning at about 5.30 am & chatted about it over breakfast, it wasn’t looking too flash but at the time, it looked doable. However, we’d have to dodge showers & thunderstorms.