By Richelle Olsen
Adventure seeker, slow runner and biker and She Science Ambassador www.shescience.com.au
On a Friday night in mid January, 4 young ladies stand on platform 9 at Flinders St station, in Melbourne, astride bikes, with packs on backs, and massive grins plastered across their faces. There may have also been some honking coming from a bright pink airhorn, attached to a bike named Taylor Swift....
5kms down the track we found our campsite, Fairhaven. With nothing more than a drop loo (and some lovely spearmint infused hand sanitiser!), and a watertank (please boil before drinking), it was a perfect spot to pull up a patch of ground in the protection of the tea-tree, rest the bike against the nearest tree trunk (no bike locks needed here!), and put the tents up. And it was all done just in time to walk the 10 metres to the most wonderful, deserted, white beach, to sit on the sand with a glass of wine, a sausage roll dipped in homemade relish and a slice of Feather Loaf.....facing west to watch as the sun slowly dipped below the horizon.....
The girls were full of praise – pinching themselves (and hugging each other!) that we were there in such a perfect spot, asking me how many times I’d been there, how did I know this spot. The funniest thing is I didn’t...I had never been there before. This microadventure was purely the result of making friends with Mr Google! And if they were chuffed, I was ecstatic that it had exceeded my wary expectations, and that I hadn’t dragged my mates along to some hole of a location! What a relief!
So now's the time to create your own #microadventure Step outside your comfort zone, lose your excuses, and create your own adventure! All you need is a little imagination, and a load of enthusiasm. I guarantee you will not regret it!
Do get in touch with me via firstname.lastname@example.org or via The Ultra Life facebook page if you need any advice on your own #microadventure!!!
My Gear List:
Trek Fuel EX8 Dual Suspension mountain bike
MSR Nook 2 person ultralight tent
Mountain designs thermarest
Osprey Talon 33 backpack
Mont Prolight 150 sleeping bag (available from Bogong Equipment)
Shane's an ultra runner and La Sportiva Ambassador, with a taste for adventure, always up for a new and different challenge.