AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Wednesday, August 8, 2012


I am departing from the usual rule of posting my own photos - except for picture prompts.
This is a photo (not mine) of my son Scott at Ecuador.
He has just begun the ride of his life - for 5 months.
(He is currently up to Day 5 of riding.)

Quote from his blog post Friday 29th June:
The ride involves riding my mountain bike 11,000km alongside, on and crossing the Andes mountains in South America. Riding south from Quito Ecuador at the equator, to Ushuaia Argentina. Ushuaia being just about as far south as you can get before going for a chilly swim to Antarctica. 

Yes, I am worried, but I am also very proud of his inner strength and courage, daring to challenge his body, mind and spirit.
And he does it all with a purpose in mind.
He is raising funds for the Kids' Cancer Project.
If you have time, I would so love you to check out his blog and maybe leave an encouraging comment.
And if you have a little more time, maybe insert his widget (on his blog's right sidebar) so you can keep pace with his posts of this amazing journey.

Courage means daring
Daring to push barriers

Courage means dreams
Convert to reality
Living inner strength

Linking to:
Sensational Haiku Wednesday


Tara Tyler said...

you dont know how much strength you have until you have to use it and that takes courage. inspirational!

carol l mckenna said...

Wow! Proud of your son ~ that is courage in action ~ he will be safe ~ wonderful haiku ~ (A Creative Harbor)

anthonynorth said...

Lots of courage here.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

What an admirable and inspiring son you have. He will learn so much as he travels through that beautiful land. I love that he is raising money for kids with cancer. You must be so proud! I'm glad he is blogging it!!!!

Anonymous said...

Quite thoughtful! Great Haiku :)

joanne said...

Your son is indeed courageous....If I had my life to do over, I would be a braver soul....courage well-defined

Anonymous said...

What an amazing young man! Courage is also a mom letting go of her son as he conquers the world.

Lessandra said...

Visited Scott's blog - your haiku really relates to him. What courage it must take to go on such a long harrowing (but all the same probably beautiful) journey!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

How proud you must be of this courageous young man! I will certainly go and look at his blog.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Oh, best of luck to courageous Scott! May he complete his journey in style and with strength to spare!

kaykuala said...

Fascinating, Gemma! Nice of you to have shared! It takes grit to be taking this challenge. It's for a good cause but also he's all the richer in seeing first hand on the ground. It's a privilege to be going along with him too. I've done just that! I've placed Scott's blog on my blog list!
Keep at it Scott, we're with you!


Rosie Gan said...

Gemma, that is courage indeed, that Scott possesses. What a good man.



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