11 May 2015
The Geo Centre
The trekkers reached the geographic centre of the Simpson Desert yesterday afternoon after another 25km of intense trekking. There were a few treats waiting for them as they made it to the Geo Centre to celebrate the half way mark including; a helicopter ride to check out their progress through the desert (a highlight for all and a real eye opener to what they have achieved), and a BBQ flown in for a proper feed – a very welcome break from dehydrated food!
As they dined under the stars, the night’s entertainment consisted of letters from home. These letters from their loved ones were very much appreciated, and are sure to spur the trekkers on through the tough days ahead. Youngcare CEO Samantha Kennerley read out a case study of a day in the life of a person caring for a young person with high care needs. There were a few tears as the need and impact of the trekkers contributions to thousands of lives really hit home.
A number of the trekkers are battling through blisters and even a few lost toe nails; one trekker has described the experience as running a marathon each day. The Garmin watch sported by Dan has given a good insight into their efforts, with 52,000 steps recorded on Saturday and a further 41,000 steps on Sunday. Despite the gruelling nature of the trek, spirits are high and everyone is preparing themselves for a few big days ahead.
To track where they have travelled, plug in the below coordinates into Google Earth:
25° 45.8880 S
137° 15.3699 E
Night 5 (the Geo Centre):