Before this adventure, I'd never been on a rickshaw in my life.
After being diagnosed with Stage 4 endometriosis in 2011 and struggling to recover from surgery, I had lost trust in my body and its ability to carry me through the world. Along with my passion for supporting people facing suicidal feelings, this formed the driving force for the journey.
Over 56 days, 1,672km and several heat waves and bush fires in Queensland, Australia, this Trisled "Maxi Taxi" in happy-sunshine-yellow became my (very firm) home as I rode the longest recorded distance by pedicab/rickshaw by a woman.
My journey covered a large section of the infamous Bruce highway, often riding parallel to the Great Barrier Reef, and saw me mainly sharing the asphalt with road trains and freight trucks. Being such a large state with an incredibly changeable landscape, I passed through the tropical lushness of Port Douglas and the far north of the country and continued into the drought stricken central north, before finally coasting into beautiful Hervey Bay just in time for the first storms and soggy socks of the wet season.
Having previously only been as far north as Rockhampton, (way back in childhood), this journey was a gorgeous and slow way to experience Australia's north east. Seasonal headwinds and being a first-timer gave a great opportunity to get to know the countryside and native wildlife intimately. Plenty of rookie mistakes were learned from, and I can confidently say that Aussie magpies in nesting season are a force to be reckoned with!
I'm proud to have achieved a Guinness World Record and to have raised over $4,000 for Lifeline Australia's suicide prevention programs. But it is the frank and raw conversations I had with communities still reeling from recent suicides that stick most in my memory.
Being able to use adventure to create a platform for strangers and friends to discuss this confronting subject and bring it further forward is something I am most grateful for.
My thanks to all who supported this special journey, in large ways and small.
in the media
Radio: Port Douglas Breakfast Show (13.10.15)
Radio: SeaFM with Mark & Juanita (16.10.15)
Online/Audio: ABC News Far North (19.10.15)
Online: Newsport Daily (21.10.2015)
Print: Innisfail Advocate (28.10.15)
Print: Townsville Bulletin (4.11.15)
Radio: ABC Sunshine Coast (11.11.15)
Print: The Daily Mercury Mackay (18.11.15)
Print: The Bowen Independent front page (20.11.15)
Print: The Morning Bulletin Rockhampton (1.12.15)
Online/Print: Fraser Coast Chronicle (11.12.15)
TV: WIN News Wide Bay (12.12.15)