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– Rest Days

Day 157

Incredible to reflect on the fact that tomorrow, I will join this man, John Carswell, and many others as an Abelist, with the quickest completion of all time! It will… Read More »Day 157

Day 149

Last day of iso! Woohoo! Time to soak in this balcony view one last time and pack all my gear, because tomorrow WE’RE BACK! My body might not like it… Read More »Day 149

Day 148

These tune-up therapy balls are the bees knees! Rolling my feet around on these really gets into my stagnant joints and muscles, and helps release them to get me ready… Read More »Day 148

Day 147

I’m feeling better and better each day! The cute little house here is surrounded by bush on private property, so I have been exploring a little more and practicing some… Read More »Day 147

Day 146

This is the front gate to the property I’m staying at. Thankfully it’s a few hundred metres down a long driveway, which gives me a length to walk up and… Read More »Day 146

Day 145

Mornings don’t really exist in iso… I just skip straight to the afternoon, and then decide to get out of bed! I think that’s the easiest method of shortening the… Read More »Day 145

Day 144

Well, this had to happen at some point, didn’t it..! One week before I had planned to finish all the Abels, and boom, I somehow managed to contract Covid! This… Read More »Day 144

Day 143

In Launnie for a rest day, and I was privileged to be given a personal tour of the under-construction Du Cane Brewing brewery & dining hall! This place is going to… Read More »Day 143

Day 139

Super-duper lucky to be able to spend a rest day here at Naivasha Cottage, near Deloraine! The place is absolutely gorgeous, and has everything I can imagine I need to… Read More »Day 139

Day 133

It’s an extreme rarity for me to treat myself with lux accommodation (that being anything other than a tent or camper), however tonight, I am doing just that! I’m staying… Read More »Day 133

Day 132

Well as I journey back north into the beautiful, wintery Central Plateau, I’m proud to announce that we’ve hit another milestone in our fundraising journey! As of today, we have… Read More »Day 132

Day 131

First day off after my final multi-dayer, and it was bittersweet packing away my Wilderness Equipment Prion for the last time as part the 158 Challenge. There’s a special type… Read More »Day 131

Day 121

As I was about to walk out the door today to drive north, mum whipped out her famous lasagne and yellow-mash! This will get me up a few peaks over… Read More »Day 121

Day 119

If you ever need a stretching partner, get one that’s soft and fluffy, and makes you not want to stretch and just cuddle instead! Trying to limber up the body… Read More »Day 119

Day 118

Well, today I have ‘effectively’ completed all sections of the Abels Volume 2 book! West, Mid West, Gordon, South West & South. It appears I have not much need for… Read More »Day 118

Day 111

Beautiful evening light as I drove down to the start of the Eastern Arthurs tonight. The beautiful tall trees en-route to the Tahune Forest Reserve had me pulling over and… Read More »Day 111

Day 110

Thanks so much to the Bulk Nutrients team for inviting and welcoming me into their box to watch the mighty JackJumpers beat Melbourne in their last home game of the… Read More »Day 110

Day 109

Bit nerdy. Bit practical. Bit uneventful. However today I had a good clean out of the Cubbi, and tended to the battery setup that runs all my electronics. It’s important… Read More »Day 109

Day 108

From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to everyone who has donated what they can to the 158 Challenge! We are just shy of $35,000 raised for Cancer Council Tasmania,… Read More »Day 108

Day 107

So nice to lay about in the garden, and not have to worry about climbing through scrub to an Abel today! Softest hugs in the world from Malfi and some… Read More »Day 107

Day 106

West & North-West Abels complete in one big stint! Great to see the map’s to-do list shrinking by the day. As we indulge in a number of rest days, we… Read More »Day 106

Day 86

And finally, the Cubbi is packed and ready to go! It’s been great having a full week in Hobart, seeing more people than I otherwise would have. However it’s put… Read More »Day 86

Day 85

This may seem like a mundane picture to most, but to me, it’s glorious. Getting Jeepy packed and ready to go for the next stint, I took pleasure in going… Read More »Day 85

Day 84

Not much refreshes the soul like hanging out and playing with one of my true beat mates. He’s the saddest little man every time I leave, but when I return,… Read More »Day 84

Day 83

Well it’s not regret… But GEE, I am sore! Feet, achilles, knees – they all hate me. I waddled down to the beach today to meet some good friends and… Read More »Day 83

Day 82

Today, tonight, and into the morning I’ll be completing 158 laps of the Queen’s Domain athletics track at Cancer Council Tasmania’s Relay for Life event. I’ll do the math for… Read More »Day 82

Day 81

So I’ve been super lucky to be able to stay at a friend’s house while my family undergoes the routine Covid-19 house-exclusion. Apparently I’m such a good new housemate, though,… Read More »Day 81

Day 80

Saw this little one chillin’ on the lawns, so I slowly went up and said hello. It was shy though, and dug it’s cute little face into the ground as… Read More »Day 80

Day 79

From chocolate last night, to a massive brekky this morning – my tummy is getting happier by the minute! It’s incredible, the amount of calories my body craves and can… Read More »Day 79

Day 76

Well ten straight days of hiking has me zonked! I’m stopping in Wayatinah for a rest day, before I head on the “halfway hike” with Shelly tomorrow! There’s a lovely… Read More »Day 76

Day 65

Well it’s time to head to the Overland Track, for my first time, EVER! Tomorrow morning begins a minimum 9-day solo adventure, where I plan to summit every Abel in… Read More »Day 65

Day 64

Aside from the talented posing, this was a seriously down-to-earth night with best mate and “challenge manager” Jan! Having a few days off gives me a chance to indulge in… Read More »Day 64

Day 63

Doing a bit of a stocktake on gear, and decided it was time for a fresh pair of mitts. As is evident – the scrub is pretty ruthless on all… Read More »Day 63

Day 62

First of four rest days this time (yes, four, woohoo)! Here’s a pants-down comparison shot of my knees, with my right one hugely swollen after a painful last day on… Read More »Day 62

Day 53

Arrived at Lake Burbury Camping Ground this evening with Jan and Rohan, ready to tackle the mighty Eldon Range tomorrow. For tonight though, we shall admire its sunlit ridge from… Read More »Day 53

Day 52

It’s time to stock up! And Uncle Toby’s Brekky Bakes were on clearance (Woolworths, why!?), so I bought the lot and am excited to continue hiking with my favourite lightweight and… Read More »Day 52

Day 46

Lost. For. Words. You AMAZING people at home supporting the 158 Challenge have raised over $20,000 for Cancer Council Tasmania! Thank you, thank you, thank you! We’re not done yet… Read More »Day 46

Day 45

Well Mt Picton was on the cards for today, but sometimes things happen that are out of your control. All I can say is thank GOODNESS for Leon & Fran… Read More »Day 45

Day 42

Day 42 • I cannot express properly how grateful I am for this morning, and for the amazing Lindsay at Move Massage Fitness Lifestyle! Physically, I have started to experience… Read More »Day 42

Day 41

Back on the food train, chew chew! Awesome to check out Grandma & Pop’s new pad all furnished for the first time, where they whipped up their epic roast potatoes… Read More »Day 41

Day 40

Rehab, rehab, rehab! Previous breaks I’ve been super time-poor and neglecting my recovery, but this time I’m trying to get on top of it! Rollers, trigger point balls and resistance… Read More »Day 40

Day 31

“What effects does (sic) publicity have on wilderness?” A walker took some time to leave a message on my car, so I wanted to take some time to consider their… Read More »Day 31

Day 30

I’ve got the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)! Walking up a flight of stairs is actually very difficult, as my quads have decided to have an all-day sleep. The magic… Read More »Day 30

Day 29

Rest day number one is all about food! Consume as much as I can, and whatever I want – my favourite is a big eggs brekky. It’s always better when… Read More »Day 29

Day 21

Well! Do you remember those two lovely folks that gave me a lift back to my car from Cockle Creek? Turns out they are the friendly faces behind Bulk Nutrients, and… Read More »Day 21

Day 20

Rest day, washing day, gear organisation day, appreciation day. I’ve realised some things we really do take for granted in our lucky lives, and am starting to understand life’s real… Read More »Day 20

Day 13

Spent my second day off organising gear, washing clothes, and spending a little time enjoying the slow lane before I head south for more Abels! I made this Cancer Council… Read More »Day 13

Day 12

First day off in a while after being in the South West, and I return to find we have raised over $13,000 for Cancer Council Tasmania! Thank you to ALL the… Read More »Day 12

Day 3

Day off hiking, but plenty to do! Finished a bunch of things on the Cubbi (trailer) including the storage inside for all my gear, then stocked her ready to head… Read More »Day 3