Reflecting on my last trip to Moreton Island (September 2011)

As I plan my Moreton Island microadventure, I find myself reflecting on my last visit to the island. It was the weekend after my 32nd birthday and I’d been back in my “get back to fitness” lifestyle for about three months. It was at my birthday dinner that I mentioned it would be pretty cool […]

Preparing for my next walking microadventure

New maps, a photo by AndrewGills on Flickr. My son turns 23 in February. He’s more gamer than adventurer but in September 2011, I took him hiking over at Moreton Island. It was his first overnight hike and he still talks about it all the time. He went back to Moreton with a mate last […]

Upper Portals, Mt Barney

After the success of last weekend’s Lower Portals walk, I decided to invite Mum to come with me on another swimming hole walk: the Upper Portals. As you might have guessed from the similarities in the names, the Upper Portals walk is in a similar area as the Lower Portals walk. In fact, the Upper […]

Lower Portals bushwalk & swim

Mt Barney looms over the surrounding farmland like an ancient guardian. The multiple peaks and rocky outcrops warn of the dangers associated with climbing the mountain’s peaks. I’ve rarely explored the national park here because I’m not much of a climber and there’s something foreboding about the prospect of climbing her. I can’t explain it […]

Rest day reflections

What a year 2013 was for me! Here’s a brief review of the highlights: January I started the year on 1 January by riding the 11 of Eleven Audax ride. It was my first Audax event and I went away totally hooked. On 12 January, I went on to complete my first 200km bicycle ride […]

With disappointment comes opportunity

On the Great North Walk, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. It is unlikely that the damage to my mountain bike frame will be accepted as a warranty replacement. And it’s also unlikely that the matter will be resolved before I board a plane for Tasmania on Christmas Day. But with disappointment comes opportunity. So […]

A fortunate life

Chilling, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. It’s easy to get caught up in the “busy” life of the twenty-first century. First world problems bother us all. We complain about our jobs. We complain about the mortgage repayments and bills. We stress about credit card debt. And we argue about stupid stuff that really doesn’t […]

An off-track exploration

Fern tree, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. My sister wanted to go running but my knee is still playing up since I hit it with a shovel (by accident) and there’s no way I can even contemplate running on it. So instead, I suggested we go for an off-track exploration and course-setting walk. She […]

The 9 hour day

The 9 hour day

The place where faeries dance, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. It’s 9:30am on Sunday morning. I have to be at the Daisy Hill Forest mountain bike trails by 1pm to meet Simon for a ride. My bike is at my sister’s house and I don’t have a car. It sounds like a perfect excuse […]

A bushbash, a ride and a stack

Fern valley, a photo by andrewgillsag on Flickr. It was late in the afternoon by the time I set off to walk to Mum and Dad’s place to collect the Purple Monster. It’s been there since they borrowed it to take camping with my uncle. He came off the bike and cut up his face […]