Day 5 - Warning Signs

Day 5

Connecting with the Diamantina Tour convoy Day 5, 04 June 2013.
Photo's - Solo Walk - Billiluna to Kunawarritji 657km

The fear I lived with on this walk was that the spasms in my back would pull my vertebrae out of alignment, rendering me unable to walk. This has happened before with some bouts of incapacity lasting up to six weeks. Before falling asleep I dosed up on muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory and pain killers in the hope that this would calm the angry over worked muscles during sleep, allowing them to relax and the vertebrae to re-align. But by morning the muscles were still in spasm. Worried, I again dosed on medication.

The plan was to walk six days, resting on the seventh. This would give me something to strive for mentally, i.e. a rest day to look forward to and ensuring that my body benefited from regular recovery time. My first rest day was scheduled in another two days, but if I did not listen to the warning signs my body was issuing me, I would suffer consequences I could ill afford. To be forced to lay down on my back, unable to move possibly for weeks except for a painful crawl to toilet, would not only endanger my life, but it would mean the walk was over. On the Canning Stock Route I was no-where near medical treatment, I had no-one with me and I would run out of water and food on the second or third day due to being unable to walk to my next supply point.


Introduction - A Fire Horse is Forged

A Fire Horse is born 09 09 1966.

I was not planned. Hinoeuma seldom are. In Japanese culture, birth in the Year of the Fire Horse is a serious practice of avoidance. Abortion and murder often follows the discovery of pregnancy. But my mother was not to know. My father, instinctively, was against my birth. A Fire Horse Daughter is destined to bring trouble to his hearth.


The Canning Walker's Challenge for 2013

End of the CSR for Gaynor Schoeman Canning Walker

Starting from Billiluna in the north near Halls Creek on 31 May 2013, Gaynor Schoeman walked 1657km solo for 66 days, carrying a backpack of 30kg, finishing on the 05 August 2013 in the tiny outback goldfields town of Wiluna.

Gaynor was raising money for quadriplegic wheelchair rugby players under the banner Walk 4 Wheels and Walk 4 Wings in memory of hangglider pilot and friend, Bruce McClunan, who broke his neck on 1st April 2011.

Many class this walk as unsupported, done in a similar way as the first successful walkers lead by Murray Rankin in 1976.

Whilst I did not walk with vehicle support, or with another person, without the help of Andy Sutcliffe in establishing my supply route before the walk, and my food sponsors, this walk would not have been possible.  For this reason I class my 2013 desert walk only as SOLO .... by my own standards. Media interviews - TV, Radio, Newspapers and Magazines.


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