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Cape to Cape – Day 2 Wrap Up

After the late night yesterday, we had a relatively late start this morning at Injidup Beach.

A lot of the initial track from Injidup is 4WD track which is both good and bad – it’s very boggy in the areas that haven’t been driven over in a long time but relatively good in the areas that were. We had a guy in a blue Toyota Hilux (maybe) go back and forth which compressed the track which did make it quite nice.

Unlike yesterday, the sand was very very boggy. Everything from the beaches, sand dunes to sandy pathways was very hard work and as with the end of the previous day there was quite a significant amount of rock pathways and stairs. And I think it would be much nicer actually going through and doing this a second time round, when you know that the town that you are going to is not just round the corner but round the next three. We just kept walking and walking and walking and Gracetown just did not want to show up for us…

Also many of us realised that for goodness sake – we are not mountain goats!!! Well other than John, the rest of us do not have mountain goat like properties. That man seems to be able to step on any rock no matter how big or small, no matter how unfeasible the stride distance – and stick the bloody landing! “It’s like we’re swimming in glue and he is floating above – how can we possibly be bound by the same laws of physics” et Lisa

What we did figure out is that poles and small steps were a life saver on the sand. It doesn’t feel like you’re getting far, but they are so much more energy efficient and protective of the legs.

We did also get to see a little more of the wildlife – the “baby lizards from the start of the zoo”, hundreds of skinks and a baby tiger snake (we think). All of which thankfully ran away from us with great enthusiasm.

What we did decide though, was rather than doing another 7km in the dark and again risking God knows what kind of terrain to Ellensbrook, we would bow at our early exit point with the intent of adding those km to tomorrows start time.

So cumulative so far is 44.8km – we’ve essentially done a half marathon each day! An incredible effort from the team!

Day 2 Timelapse

So if you would like to help us reach our goal – not the goal of finishing this bloody hike, but the goal of giving Dementia Australia and the Fibromyalgia Support Network of Western Australia Inc. please please please donate here:

No donation is too small, they can be made anonymously and all donations over $2 are tax deductible,

Day 1 – The Wrap Up

After driving down from Wanneroo and Mandurah, and dropping a car off at Injidup Beach, we arrived at the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse at 11:45 to a fantastic welcome from the Dunsborough Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade!

We sneaked up to the lighthouse and got the all important kick off by touching the lighthouse and then set off to Sugarload Rock. I don’t know how many adjectives will come to mind to describe the landscape – stunning, incredibly, amazing and arriving at the rock that has been the symbol of our fundraiser from the very beginning was just surreal and so on we went.

We kept at a reasonable pace and although we only saw one real snake, we did make a solid effort to find as many shapes like a crocodile, elephant, baby face, mans face, Mary Magdalene (or Medusa with the snakes cut off) etc etc etc so lots and lots of fun! The beaches were much better than expected (there were a lot more solid than what we were anticipating) although any pace that we might have gained we lost by turning into children and looking at the incredibly beautiful shells along the beach!

We ended up getting to Yallingup around 4:30, had a bit of a stretch and rolled some of our sore muscles and had a discussion about possible pace and whether we could finish in time – and we made the decision that we would do whatever we could to have everyone finish the first day. But boy were we thoroughly WRONG about the possible pace!!!

Shortly after the second beach walk, during which the sun set, we hit Canal Rocks in complete darkness. Our pace dropped significantly. Climbing up stone pathways, even with the awesome torches that we brought on the way, was a tough slog. Only to be followed by going up to the Rotary Lookout. We were nearly at 8pm and after we came down from the lookout (which we couldn’t see anything from other than some incredible views of the starts) we realised that sticking to the track for the last 3km was possibly crazy. We couldn’t see the sights, we didn’t know if there were any further climbs or rough terrain and we did know that we had a bit of a beach stretch at the end.

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So instead we decided to make a detour onto Wyadup Rd and through to Canal Rocks Road to the car. We made it there by 8:40, and then spent 1.5 hours getting the cars from the start point.

Day 1 Timelapse

And then for the awesomeness – we arrived at the Kilifi Beach House, picked out our rooms, brought everything inside, lit the pre-prepared fire (thank you Paula!), made a quick dinner (butter chicken with broccoli and cauliflower) and we are now rolling out the final kinks before it’s bed time!

So thank you very much for following along so far and if you would like to help us reach our fundraising goal please donate here:

No donation is too small, you can remain anonymous and all donations over $2 are tax deductible!

Alternatively if you would like to help us FOR FREE you can share our page or our posts and help us raise awareness about the great work the support groups do to help people with these illnesses. You never know – you might help someone find an answer they have been looking for for a long time!

Driving with Dementia

A few weeks ago we had a post about how important it is to allow people with dementia the freedom of movement … but what about driving?

Some of the symptoms of dementia, like a reduction in reaction speed, limited situational awareness, vision impairment and memory problems could lead to dangerous driving situations, but a person diagnosed with dementia may not need to stop driving straight away. However, dementia causes a progressive and irreversible decline in functioning, and the person will need to stop driving at some point.

And this is another situation where Dementia Australia​ can provide support. In addition to the resources that they have on their website, they can also help provide advice on how to approach the necessary conversations to ensure everyone’s safety.

If you would like to donate to Dementia Australia, to ensure they can continue to provide these resources, please click here:

And for more information for both dementia sufferers and the people supporting them please click here:

How to Clean a Reservoir

One of the many useful references …

Because a few of our hikers are using drink flavours like Gatorade, the reservoirs that we are using go mouldy really quickly if they are not appropriately cleaned between uses. 
So here is a link with instructions on how you can clean the water reservoirs (e.g. Camelbacks) without spending a small fortune on the cleaning tablets.

Training in a Beautiful Place

We live in an incredibly gorgeous city where you can go from world class beaches, to city living to the outback within an hour.

During our training we have has the pleasure of experiencing some of the stunning landscapes that this city has to offer and here is a little bit of a taste!

Kitty’s Gorge, Serpentine National Park
South Perth viewed from Kings Park
The Towers at Elisabeth Quay
Morning sky over Stirling Civic Gardens
Matagarup Bridge
Kings Park
Kitty’s Gorge, Serpentine National Park
Swan River in East Perth
The Beeliar Spectacles
Dancing man!
That is not a snake!

Behavioural Changes in Patients with Dementia

One of the many symptoms of Dementia is a change to mood and behaviour. There are a number of explanations for this like a change in the brain chemistry or frustrations caused by forgetfulness or inability to do things they could do before etc. The change can also be incredibly drastic – a calm and gentle person could turn into an angry aggressive one, which can put incredible strain on the families, friends and carers of the people with Dementia.

But there are many techniques that can be used to deal with these changing behaviours to try and get as good an outcome as possible and this is where Dementia Australia comes in.

They have a wealth of resources available online that explain the various behavioural changes, what could be causing them and techniques you can try in the various scenarios which you can find here: Behaviour Changes

You can also give them a call on 1800 100 500 if you would like more advice or to just speak to someone who understands.

If you would like to make a donation to Dementia Australia so that they can continue to provide such useful services please click here. No donation is too small and all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

We would also like to thank our gold sponsors for making this trip possible:
– ASG Group
– Kilifi Beach House – Live The Margaret River Life and
– Base WA

How to Tie a Shoelace

Who would have thought that in our 30’s we would still be learning about how to correctly tie our shoe laces … but here we are!

When walking or running long distances, it is important that the shoes that you’re wearing are as comfortable as they can be whilst still ensuring a tight fit so that you can avoid pain, blisters and sprains. But for many people this can be very difficult to achieve between the shape of the shoe and the shape of their foot.

So what can you do? Have a look at the image below and experiment with the different tying techniques (or combinations there of) until you get something that is comfortable and a tight fit.

It can make an incredible difference!!!

Looking After Ourselves

The advice is clear – if we don’t look after our feet🦶we are highly unlikely to be able to finish the hike!

So instead of floundering around online trying to figure out how to look after ourselves we decided to have a chat with two great physios from Ascend Physiotherapy – Bryony and Christal!

The first session is on blister prevention and treatment.

But what about other injuries like rolled ankles, sore knees, painful hips or some lower back pain that may get in the way of getting on with the hike?

Bryony and Christal from Ascend Physiotherapy to the rescue again with some great lessons on how we can look after ourselves whilst we’re away!

(Most probably quickly followed by a visit to Ascend after the insanity is over 🙂)

Lets compare…

Well this adventure gets both more terrifying and exciting by the day. Joss (one of our hikers) made a very good point recently – it’s 130km in 4.5 days not 5 as we keep saying since we will only get to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse by midday on the Wednesday!

To give a bit of perspective of what we are doing, here is a comparison between our hike and getting from Lukla to the Everest Base Camp.

– Everest Base Camp climb: 65km (ie 130km round trip)
– Cape to Cape: 130km

Total elevation gain (ie climbing):
– Everest Base Camp climb: ascending a total of 3,096m and descending 342m
– Cape to Cape: ascending a total of 3,534m and descending 3,622m

Time allocated:
– Everest Base Camp climb: 9 days (6 days climbing and 3 days acclimatising)
– Cape to Cape: 4.5 days (well most people do it in 7-9 but who would give money to our charities if we made it easy!!!)

Average day hiking distance:
– Everest Base Camp climb: 10.41km
– Cape to Cape: 26km

Hopefully you can see that we are definitely putting ourselves through quite a challenge!

So if you would like to support us and our causes through this journey please donate here: