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Learning how to crew for an ultra

So, now i’m learning how to crew for an ultra. The story goes that I entered him a half marathon without talking to him first, and then he won the race. These days, we talk through the schedule of races and training together. I can’t always be with him for every race, but part of the adventure of Running Man’s foray into longer trail and road races is my own learning curve in understanding what it means to be an effective support crew. As Geri Continue reading →

Stepping Up: the first 90 days

I survived the first 90 days! On 1 August, 90 days ago, I officially took over at the Executive Director of a small, but impactful, non profit.It has been an eventful 3 months both in an out of the office. I followed some good advice to seek out ways to hit the ground running and to build momentum to take the organisation from putting out fires to seeking positive growth and expansion. Ninth Judicial District Family & Children’s Court Services was founded in 1992 and Continue reading →

Cabin Life

This cabin essay is a part of an application I’m using to become part of the Roots Rated team, based out of Chattanooga, TN, which is a forum for people to discover new places for awesome outdoors adventures.  The writing prompt was to describe my greatest outdoors experience, and I’m publishing this essay to provide an intro into my own experiences and hopefully this will be the first piece of more material to come.  My intent for “in extremis” is to be a running blog, but Continue reading →

Exploring Newcastle

I’m all about Exploring Newcastle! Newcastle is a coastal city, home to 140, 000 people. It is a major regional centre, as well as being the largest metropolitan area outside of Sydney in the state of New South Wales. Newcastle is about two hours north of Sydney on the F3 freeway and trains run almost once an hour from Sydney. At under $20, it’s a pretty cheap ticket! It’s a sprawling city that is slowly bringing some of the old towns around into the metropolis: Continue reading →

Overland from Oz Itinerary Overview: Northern Queensland

“I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.” – Mark Twain “Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quiestest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.” – Pat Conroy On to Northern Queensland. This leg starts with a 30 hour train journey to travel most of a single state. If you were ever in Continue reading →

Overland from Oz Itinerary Overview: Southern Queensland and Brisbane

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien “Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli The first time I remember visiting Brisbane as a child was Expo ’88. The Exposition which marked the bicentennial of the European settlement of Australia. It felt like it was sprawling and it was a great holiday with my parents and sister. But, the most significant effect of Expo ’88 was the Continue reading →

Living a double life: wanderlust and homebody

I am a walking, talking, living, combination of wanderlust and homebody. The Double Life How very simple life would be If only there were two of me A Restless Me to drift and roam A Quiet Me to stay at home. A Searching One to find his fill Of varied skies and newfound thrill While sane and homely things are done By the domestic Other One. ~ Donald Blanding. I yearn for a base but am exhilarated by the journey. I love to make a Continue reading →

Changing travel plans: when International Affairs and acts of war throw things into disarray

One of the things that has been exhilarating and a little off-putting in the plans leading up to Overland From Oz is just how much being away of international affairs is making the itinerary a changeable proposition – even to the point of changing travel plans. Even if i wanted to, increasingly, it is becoming more difficult to narrow down how my plans are going to play out and exactly how often I’m going to have to call time out on the grounds of safety. Continue reading →