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Cairns to Papa New Guinea - Reloaded.
Thursday, 25 February 2010

In 2006 I set off on my journey to paddle to the top of Australia, leaving the 'normal' world behind. This meant that I was going to spend months out there on my own, so there was a lot apprehension, doubts, but also excitement about taking on such a long journey. That's the reason why I called the expedition 'Gold Coast to the Top'. The 'Top' meant somewhere up there, because I didn't know how far I could go, mentally or physically. In the end I pulled out in Cooktown, but the journey I'd been on was what dreams are made of.

I also knew right there and then that this wasn't going to be the last, this was now part of my life. I now had salt water flowing through my veins!

So in 2007 I set off on my journey again, this time paddling from Cairns to Papa New Guinea, but to cut a long story short, I got within 50km of PNG and I had to pull the pin because I wasn't going to make it in time for the ship back to Cairns if I continued.

Just 50km short, but I always said it's never going away (unless global warming has its way) and I'll come back one day to continue the journey.

Well that one day has almost come around. I'm going to set off in April to again paddle, Cairns to PNG.

On this journey I'll not only be stopping off at some old favourite spots along the way, but I'll also be stopping into places that I paddled past last time, thinking should I stop in there or not?

The plan is to take about 2 months for this journey, but you never know what surprises you're in for when you take on these challenges, so as they say I'll "Go with the flow".

But there is one thing that I want to do on the expedition once I reach Lizard Island, and that's to paddle east, out to the Continental Shelf and paddle through Cook's Passage.

This was the passage that Captain Cook found for the way out of the Great Barrier Reef, from the lookout atop of Lizard Island, just 240 years ago.

So I hope you can 'join me' on this journey through my updates and see what this beautiful country has laid out for us to explore.

Remember, freedom was born on the water!


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