Trek an ad­ven­ture to cher­ish

Wanneroo Weekender - - Work Place - Lauren Pe­den

ILUKA res­i­dent and mum-of-three Michelle Ryan (46) will cel­e­brate both her birth­day and 26th wedding an­niver­sary while spend­ing 53 days on the Bib­bul­mun Track.

Mrs Ryan has set out from Al­bany and will fin­ish her 1000km trek in Kala­munda on Sun­day, May 28 where she will hold a fundrais­ing event for the Bib­bul­mun Track Foun­da­tion.

Peo­ple can also join her for the last leg of the walk by meet­ing her to com­plete the fi­nal 20km, 9km or meet­ing at the North­ern Ter­mi­nus or Perth Hills Vis­i­tors Cen­tre.

The Kala­munda Lions Club will hold a sausage siz­zle at the Vis­i­tors Cen­tre event, which starts at 2pm.

The Bib­bul­mun Track Foun­da­tion will also at­tend, with in­for­ma­tion on the trail and events they have through­out the year.

“I want to see the com­mu­nity come to­gether and cel­e­brate what an amaz­ing as­set we have here in WA and I want the adults to show the kids, get them ex­cited about the out­doors and na­ture,” Mrs Ryan said.

“I spend a lot of time Michelle Ryan on the Bib­bul­mun Track’s Long Gully Bridge.

hik­ing many trails around the world, favour­ing the long dis­tance, and have al­ways used the Bib­bul­mun Track as my train­ing ground.

“It feels like home to me as I spent a lot of time as a child run­ning around the Kala­munda bush. I had walked most of the track from time to time, but never in one go, never end to end.

The idea struck while walk­ing the Bib­bul­mun Track af­ter re­turn­ing from St Olav Way in Nor­way and West High­land Way in Scot­land.

“I am ex­pect­ing it to be a great ad­ven­ture,” she

said. “I am so look­ing for­ward to be­ing in the seren­ity of the Aussie bush.

“I am also mak­ing a doc­u­men­tary on the Bib­bul­mun Track to show­case the fan­tas­tic track we have here in WA, so I will be film­ing quite a bit and as I am a travel writer, I will be writ­ing along the way as well.”

She chose to fundraise for the Bib­bul­mun Track Foun­da­tion be­cause it is a vol­un­teer-run track.

To do­nate, reg­is­ter to at­tend, search ‘walk­ingt­wobytwo’ on Face­book or walk­ingt­wobytwo.com.

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