By this stage in the original Coo-ee March the 25 Gilgandra volunteer ranks had swelled to around 160. What a sight that must have been.
I have a slight insight into how they may have felt physically as my hips and legs are loving these long walks.
The early aches and twinges have gone.
I dropped in the Vietnam Veterans memorial on the outskirts of Bathurst. I met Dennis an elderly man who made a great observation on my walk.
He said those Coo-ee men had not only to walk to Sydney but then get on a ship and go half way around the world and fight a war. Absolutely sobering insight.
Arrived into Bathurst early afternoon and walked up the hill at Russell St to be hosted by a great local family who reached out to me as I left Gilgandra saying 'if you're raising money for a good cause you shouldn't have to spend money on lodgings'.
Generous offer accepted thanks Stuart and Josephine :)
I'm really looking forward to greeting my daughter Zoe off the bus tomorrow as she joins me for the 25km up-hill leg from Bathurst to Yetholme on Thursday.