Day 16: Bathampton to Bathurst, 17kms

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.

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