Mar(k): Travel, Hiking, and "Doing Good"

musings on our life of travel and volunteering

100 km in 48 hours? Oh yes, indeed!

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Back in 2008 The Shox met Eddy and Jillian whilst doing a hike in Bhutan called the Snowman Trek.  At the time, Eddy and Jillian were living in Melbourne.   Since then, they moved to Houston, the Shox moved to Ghana, and we have both found ourselves in Perth once again!   Over this period of time, we have stayed in touch, and one thing that is consistent in our friendship is that we all love to walk.   Now Eddy (the token smart alec – every group has to have one, right?!) would say that SOME of us (namely Mar) like to do this a bit more than others.   And this may be true!   But nonetheless, the four of us have set an exciting and ambitious goal – to walk 100 km in 48 hours.

We must be crazy to be doing 100 km in 48 hours!

We must be crazy to be doing 100 km in 48 hours!

This isn’t as crazy as it may sound.  Wait.  Actually, it is pretty crazy.   BUT!  We are doing it for a very good cause!   It is supporting disadvantaged people through Oxfam.  This is an organised event which Oxfam holds in many places.  But this  will be the first year for it to be held in Perth.  So we are very excited to be taking part.

Over the next few months, Mar(k) are actually heading overseas to “train” for this!   No.  Actually, that’s a lie.   We are heading overseas to Europe to spend some time doing what we love to do – hike in the mountains!  So the Italian Dolomites and the European Alps are beckoning to us.   But it is a great excuse to maybe go a little harder, a little longer, a little faster.   Because we have the very good excuse that we will be training for the Oxfam Trailwalker event in Perth, which will be held 18-20 October.

As part of our commitment to doing this, we are raising funds for this very worthy cause.   So if you follow us along on this blog, and you’d like to support us, please consider heading to our Team Page.  We are called the Precious JEMMS and we would love it if you could make a donation to this very worthy cause.

As we will be traveling, we will not be posting anything for the next few months.   But rest assured we will be back at it when we are back from Europe.   By then we hope to be fighting fit, and ready to tackle this very exciting challenge!


Written by Mar(k)

June 25, 2013 at 5:43 pm

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