About me

Waiting at Platform 1 3/4

Waiting at Platform 1 3/4

I am a traveler and story-teller who has just set out to wander the world. There’s nothing I like more than exploring new places, cycling, hiking, paddling and camping.

I started this blog (as http://transtri.wordpress.com) in November 2011. At that time, I was just getting back into fitness after a long period of depression. I spent about a year as a triathlete from July 2011 – April 2012 before switching to adventure racing and trail running (May 2012 – December 2013). I also started participating in Audax cycling events from January 2012 – January 2013.

However, after I completed 11 day / 250km Great North Walk in July 2013, I realised that racing was little more than training as preparation for real adventures in the outdoors. I started to do a lot more micro adventures and hikes.

Then, in February 2013, I had a serious health scare when I had a suspected mini stroke (TIA). This led to some serious soul searching. As a result, I sold my house, got rid of almost all my “stuff”, bought a set of panniers for my bicycle and negotiated a flexible work arrangement that will allow me to be free to travel the world.

I officially became an itinerant person on 14 April 2014 when my house was sold. I spent a few weeks camping and couch surfing before saying goodbye to my office and setting off on my bicycle on 22 May to see the world. For the first five weeks I am camping on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island) just off the coast of my home town. I still have to work full-time from camp but at least I am in the outdoors and one step closer to my departure for Adelaide on 8 July.

I don’t know where the road will lead or what this next chapter in my life will look like. But I invite you to come join me on my adventures through my blog. Feel free to comment because I love to hear from people. I try to respond to all comments.

Enjoying the waterfalls

Enjoying the waterfalls

15 comments on “About me

  1. What a great blog, Andrew – truly inspirational. I’m glad I read around a bit, otherwise I might have missed your blog’s new home and would have been following the wrong one! It looks like you have a great series of challenges coming up over the next few months – good luck! 🙂

    • Thanks Tamsyn 🙂 I am glad you found my new blog. Hopefully, over time, this one will become the ‘real’ blog and the other one the ‘old’ blog. But for now I just have to hope people realise and come follow the new one.

      Yeah, I have lots of challenges coming up. I am fortunate to have a partner who works at the weekend so I can spend as much time as I like outdoors 🙂

  2. One of the gutsiest “About” pages I have ever read. Good on ya Andrew. You’re a legend, mate.

    • Thanks Neil 🙂 It’s nice to receive kind words from people reading the About page. I’ve been looking at your blog for a little while now to get ideas about where to go cycling. Funny what a small world it is.

  3. […] critic and I am usually competing against myself, rather than trying to beat other people. Anyway, Andrew Gills at Transventure has inspired me to try some non-competitive sporting activities. He’s blogged […]

  4. Hi!

    I’ve just nominated you for the Sunshine Award: http://fatgirltoironman.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/outside-it-might-be-raining-but-ive-just-seen-a-ray-of-sunshine/

    The rules for accepting the Sunshine Award are:

    Acknowledge the nominating blogger.
    Share 11 random facts about yourself.
    Nominate 11 bloggers who you think are positive, inspirational and creative…….

    • Hi Tamsyn,
      Thank you for the nomination. While I am honoured, I don’t generally accept blogging awards because I am trying to keep my blog as on-topic as possible. I do appreciate the nomination though and enjoy reading your blog.

  5. Cool blog 🙂

  6. Hello! I’ve really enjoyed exploring your blog and have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – http://traveldefined.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/versatile-blogger-award/
    Happy Blogging!

    • Hi Vasudha,
      Thank you for the nomination. I do appreciate it and am flattered. Unfortunately, I can’t accept it because I have a policy not to accept blogging awards on this blog. I am trying my best to stick to the theme and the award posts detract from the theme. I do sincerely thank you though. Your blog is really cool.

  7. Hi Andrew
    I loved reading this page and admire what you’re doing. Best of luck!

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