I’ve thoroughly enjoyed doing training walks with many different people on this journey to Kokoda but this hike by myself was spectacular. It was in the heart of the valley in the Blue Mountains, called the Grand Canyon track. It is the most beautiful walk I have done in my life.
It was so peaceful getting out of the city, walking by myself, day dreaming about life and enjoying the scenery. Spending time in nature is so healing in many different ways, as is spending time by yourself.
Today we did a hike with an awesome group of people, 6 of us are on the team who are walking Kokoda together. It was a beautiful day in Kuringai National Park and we walked 10km on the Sphinx Track.
I first walked this track back in April and it was a struggle to get through the last couple of kilometres. I felt excited by the progress I’ve made over the last 4 months because not only did I finish it this time with ease, I felt like I could probably do it again straight after.
Training to walk Kokoda has opened up my life in many ways, one in particular that I’m thrilled about is getting to explore nature with friends and family. As a kid, I loved being in nature and was in Scouts. From the age of 13, up until I started training for Kokoda, I didn’t explore the many national parks that surround Sydney because walking was so painful.
Finishing the goal of walking Kokoda will be incredible but the process that I’ve gone through to get there, the lessons that I’ve learned and the benefits are even better.