The first of the 2013 Canning Walkers ...

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Pam Armstrong will be on the Canning in 10 days time, starting from Wiluna around the 7th of May. She will have a support vehicle with Tony Rhodes driving her brightly painted Toyota Landcruiser. It is their first time on the Canning dunes. They will be traveling for two months. Please keep an eye out for them.
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Reply By: Member - Darwin Dave - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 08:50

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 08:50
Hi Gaynor,
We wish you and Pam a safe and uneventful trip. Helen, Missy (our Blue Heeler) and I are leaving Darwin on May 5th via Gunbarrel & Wiluna to travel up the CSR, my 3rd time (1978 & 2012). Hope to catch up. We will be in the white 2.8 Hilux ute.
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 14:48

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 14:48
Look forward to meeting you three, but my timing might be a bit late.

I am walking separately to Pam. Driving the route first from mid May to lay supply drops with Andy (Canning Peugeot 505 driver) in his old 47 Series Toyota Landcruiser this time. I will then start walking solo from Billiluna end May.



I do hope we meet, but if not, I know Pam would appreciate a few words.

Take care and enjoy. Must be great for you both to do it with Missy :-)

Gaynor
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 17:12

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 17:12
I haven't heard about this! What is the reason for walking! Michael
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 17:45

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 17:45
Reason for walking? I haven't got a 4x4 :-)

Seriously, you would need to ask Pam her own reasons. I cannot speak for her. Pam is on Facebook under Artist Pamela Armstrong. She was involved with a previous attempt with a group called Defying Adversity in 2012. The Senses Charity was the cause. This group failed to start the walk, the team falling apart a few months before the start. They are apparently going to try in 2014, but their Facebook page and website have been dead for a year now, and no replies to emails or posts, so maybe the idea has died a quiet death.

As for myself, I broke my back a year ago in NSW as a result of a paragliding accident. I am grateful to be able to walk. I am celebrating that grace by walking the Canning Stock Route - Every Step of the Way - and in doing so I am raiding funds for two causes close to my heart.

1) Wespac Rescue Helicopter Services - they came to my rescue.
The story is here https://give.everydayhero.com/au/gaynor-schoeman

2) Walking for Quadriplegic Rugby Wheelchairs - I could be in a wheelchair. Spared that fate, I would like to help those who are. That story is here: http://www.canningwalker.com/index.php/walk-with-a-cause/29-walk-4-wheels

Cheers
Gaynor

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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 17:49

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 17:49
SPOT Tracking will be active on my walk for daily progress reports:



as well as on my own Facebook page Gaynor Schoeman Canning Walker
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 18:12

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 18:12
Ok! Thanks for that! I guess its to highlight the plight of varying degrees of disability! I see some people my age struggling to get around so I am always thankful that I am ok! Good luck with the walk, I hope all goes well. Michael
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Follow Up By: Gaynor - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 19:00

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 19:00
Plight of disability? No.

Celebration of ability. Yes.
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 19:22

Sunday, Apr 28, 2013 at 19:22
Fair enough!! Michael
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Follow Up By: Maryanne Q - Friday, May 03, 2013 at 15:48

Friday, May 03, 2013 at 15:48
Pam Armstrong's reason for walking the CSR ?......bcos she can!!! When ya off load ur kids & become a 'free spirit" u can do anything & after all she will be the hero super woman at the end of it all , with her "man" friend Tony Rhodes (hope he has ear-plugs)....!!!!!
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