01.06.2016 - 31.01.2015
Today is the start of the preparation for a walk of 500 klms from Leitrim in the North to Castletownbere in the South of Ireland, the O'Sullivan March. My Great Grandmother was an O'Sullivan so this walk is a little personal but hoping on some help and plenty of advice during this journey and the preparations. This walk will be for Cancer in memory of my two brothers Lloyd and Kerry so will become very personal as I progress and as the time gets closer. Already I am asking the very important question - can I do it or am I completely crazy, only time will tell.
This walk will take me over some very interesting yet very beautiful country and probably at times very wet and cold. I hope to complete this walk in June/July 2016 and hopefully over 5 weeks. I have already purchased a small camera and a backpack so the start of my item list. Photography is important to me.
I have started the "what I need to purchase" list and have checked out the tracks/walks but would love to hear from anyone who has walked this March or any of the walks that are part of the 500 klms. The more I look the more confused I become.
Do I book accommodation along the way before I leave Australia or find it as I go? I must remember that it will be the high tourist season. I have never done it this way before as I like to know where I will be each night but perhaps time to change my way of thinking. This is hard as I am over 60 so not into backpacking and roughing it. Never have been, I prefer my creature comforts at night.
I have purchased a backpack so looks like I will carry as I go, something I have never done before but guess again I have to change my ideas on what I feel is important to carry in the way of clothes - definitely not a tent etc.
I will try and add to this entry as my preparations progress so any help or advice would be appreciated. Nearly forgot - I start my walking training in 10 days so then I know it is real. No use just talking about it. I will start the fundraising for Cancer in early 2015.