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Peter Grant
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Writer, Christian, walker, educator, Tasmanian
Writer, Christian, walker, educator, Tasmanian

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Cycling the Island 2: A Great Eastern Ride
[Great riding along Tasmania's East Coast]   It’s a shame that the
moniker “The Great Ocean Road” was already taken when a Tasmanian committee sat
down to choose a name for the route we’ll ride today. The thirty kilometre section
of road between Little Swan...
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We travel, in essence, to become young fools
again - to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more. – Pico
Iyer I had wondered: would last year’s long
journey on foot, 2 weeks and 250km across Portugal and Spain, sate my love for journeying...
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Back to the Arthur Range 3: R is for …
Our weather
forecast is dubious. We knew that before we left home; we’ve confirmed it via
mobile phone from near Mt Hesperus; we feel it afresh overnight. Strong wind
gusts thump against our tents, even here in the sheltered campsite beside Lake
Oberon. Mic...
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Back to the Arthur Range 2: O is for ...
“The track went up and down in
see-saw fashion, one moment reaching the heights of a sharp peak; the next
plunging down to a mountain lake. To do that sort of walking, carrying a 50 lb.
pack, there have to be compensations, and there certainly were. I doubt...
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Back to the Arthur Range 1: A is for …
I feel it deep in
the pit of my stomach, although I’m not quite sure what to name it. I
eventually decide it’s apprehension. Unlike Mick and Eden, the two other
walkers in the party, I’ve previously been to the Western Arthur Range in
Tasmania’s south-west ...
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Derwent River Walks: The Colours of New Norfolk
[Continuing a series featuring short walks along Tasmania's Derwent River] [The Derwent River at New Norfolk]   Any time of the year is a good time to try the short walks around
New Norfolk. But could there be a better season than autumn, when the poplars
a...
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A Long, Slow Journey 8: Further In
On our last day’s
walk up to Santiago it rains. As pilgrims we’ve learned one camino mantra well: it is what it is . As Tasmanians we’ve
also learned to embrace “atmospheric” weather, recognising that rain begets
rainbows. And sure enough, as the sun tentat...
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A Long, Slow Journey 7: Gravitational Pull
By now we’ve begun to
feel the gravitational pull of Santiago. Our bodies would love it if that meant
we could amble gently downhill to our destination. But pilgrimages seldom work
that way. Santiago is the literal as well as metaphorical high point of the
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A Long, Slow Journey 6: Celtic Air in Pontevedra
There are place
names that you automatically associate with a tune. It will always be a long way to Tipperary, just as there
will always be a track winding back to Gundagai. [A cross marking the pilgrim route through Galicia]   But a tune
associated with th...
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This one's been a while coming. More from our pilgrimage, this time from Spain.
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