Monday, May 15, 2017

Fund My Idea in the Flinders Ranges

Click pic to see what it's all about
Quinten van der Werf's idea is to make the beauties of the Flinders Ranges, in South Australia, available to everyone

The South Australian government lets the people (trolls and robots excepted!) assess the relevance of these ideas through the YourSAy website (clever name!) and if I could assemble a robot to shout about this one I would.

Read what Quentin is suggesting or tweet about @intheflinders - yes, I'm getting with the plot!

Friday, May 12, 2017

A perfect circle!

The first two of the many subsequent faces that launched the
20 Australian TrailRiders
On 28th August 2009 Donna Morgan went out and spent $10 - and took me, against my better judgement, out on my first-ever TrailRider ride. Along with inaugural sherpas Ros (wife), Jeanne (neighbour), Sam (son), Geordie (neighbour's son), Rachel (son's partner) and Brandy (Donna's dog) they took me up Cypress Mountain in Vancouver as Wild Places (5 minute Youtube and almost 5000 views) will tell you more about.

Along with my first glowing experience of the sherpa volunteer program - Axel - and Jeanne, we went for an ice cream in Halls Gap and celebrated the first eight years of Australian TrailRider history.

There's much more to tell and many more to thank but try using the search box at the right to read posts about Ros Hart, John Kenwright, Rodney Brooke, Joanne Brooke...

The inventor of the TrailRider, Sam Sullivan (search again!) came very close yesterday to losing his seat on the Canadian, British Columbian, State Parliament but (and?) this will be the way he will be remembered 100 years from now.

Nurses Julie and Rhonda were auxiliary stars getting me up and out to be collected at 9am for Jeanne to drive, two hours on the wrong side of the road, to the Grampians National Park.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Posting from respite

Click to study 2009 pic. Donna in a box!
For readers that do not already know, respite is when the care recipient (me) gets looked after in a high needs nursing home and I vacate the Carer's (Ros') head. My beloved wife Ros is somewhat free for three weeks. Needless to say Mr MS, which is how Ros brilliantly externalises the demon, mostly stays with me.

Notice the somewhat and the mostly - they are important. The Carer's lot is never over until...

So posting becomes a little different. My best friend, apart from Ros, is visiting from Vancouver. Home of the TrailRider. Jeanne's wife Donna first introduced us to the TrailRider in 2009 so talking and dining and introducing is the go. Hence this unusual mixed bag post.

Dorigo

...is a park in New South Wales where a TrailRider is currently available. The Have Wheelchair Will Travel blog went on an outing there.

Click to study pic - look at BJ's face! Nature as it's meant to be


Signs

Parks Victoria is currently working on a refinement of these signs.When they announce, so will I.

70,000 page views

This slipped by without my usual, self-congratulatory, post. Believe me, you won't get off this easily when we hit 100,000!

Flinders Ranges

For non-Aussies these are a magnificent place to visit in the north of South Australia.

Quinten van der Werf is the founder of In The Flinders and is working hard at setting up a TrailRider so that we wheelies can share the beauty.

If you are on Facebook here is your chance to signal your delight in these endeavours:

Like In The Flinders
and Like Have Wheelchair Will Travel

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

USA All Accessibility Project turnng to Australia for TrailRider advice!

Click on pic to watch the All Accessibility Project YouTube 
A recurrent theme here has been how the TrailRider is finding its way into normal Australian society and nothing has said this louder to me than this story.

Colin Quinn-Briggs is an upright (walking person!) who lives in America and is working on a project to get wheelies (non walking people) to the top of the mountain in the picture here.

The YouTube video for the All Accessibility Project can be seen here - if you watch it, and like it, give it the thumbs up just below it. It is well worth watching the 5 minutes but if you are in a hurry skip to 2:37 because this is where he heads down under to find out about the TrailRider.

If you are a Facebook user please Like his page

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Another race with a TrailRider "runner"

Click pic to read the article
In 2013 the first ever (in nearly 30 years) non-walking participant took part in the Oxfam 100km TrailWalker challenge.

In 2017 something less grand, but similar, is soon to take place in the O'Keefe Rail Track marathon.

Jika Knight is preparing to follow in Bruce Tower's footsteps (??) as pilot in this race.

Checkout this Bendigo Advertiser article

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A tale of two Jacksons

Click pic to see presentation flyer
The former CEO of Parks Victoria was Bill Jackson and I had the great pleasure today of  being on his table at the Nature is Good Medicine workshop at the World Congress on Public Health. He is still very actively involved, but now at a global level, in Healthy Parks, Healthy People and, on that account had been invited to take butchers-paper notes at the breakout session named HPHP.

My other great pleasure was shaking hands with Matt Jackson, the new CEO of Parks Victoria as he prepared for a World Leaders Plenary session - talking about Nature is Good Medicine some more.

Sadly son Joshua Hart (thank you, thank you) and I had to run for my taxi back to the train station so we did not hear the session. I will post a video when it becomes available.

Matt too will shortly guest post.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Another World Congress

Click pic to view workshop invitation
This time it's the 15th World Congress on Public Health and I'll be part of the Nature is Good Medicine workshop at 11am on Tuesday morning.

For a mere $440 you can join in too!

I will be on the ACTIVATING THE COMMUNITY IN NATURE FOR BETTER
PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SOCIAL HEALTH speed dating breakout session.
Click pic to visit website