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These are the travel and adventure musings of Alan as he contemplates what the future will bring.

I finished the Murray River from the source to sea in January 2021 (2,500 km). This was done directly after paddling the main sections of the Murrumbidgee River (1,200 km) along with the lower Tumut River and part of the Murray River, a combined paddle of 4,000 km over two months. I shifted my focus back to the Darling River.

In April 2021, I was able to complete the leg between Warwick and St George on the Condamine and Balonne Rivers (900 km) after a delayed start due to a local QLD COVID-19 lockdown. That small three day delay caused a three week delay before more rain allowed me to paddle the upper sections of the system. By the time I had struggled down to the Beardmore Dam at St George, all of the water in the system was being diverted to irrigation. I had to skip repeating the Culgoa River and I continued on from the lower Barwon River starting at Walgett (400 km) to tackle the remaining sections of the Murray-Darling river system, including the entire Darling River (1,600 km) and the lower Murray River (800 km) to the ocean.

For friends and family, I have also updated and reposted our older travel blogs from SE Asia (2006) through to the Americas (2010/11).

Current Musing

In Progress

Lachlan River - Into the Great Cumbung - ETA Summer 2020

Sunset reflecting off a river

Darling River

Completed 11 Jun 2021

Magical paddle riding the flood to Menindee.

Decent flow in the lower section to Wentworth.

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High cliffs beside the river on a sunny day

Lower Murray River

Completed 20 Jan 2021

Marathon on mostly flat water.

Average flows through the heat of summer.

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Koala on log drinking from the river

Murrumbidgee River

Completed 7 Dec 2020

Unsure of what to expect from Australia's second or third longest river.

Fast running waters of the Tumut River down to the mighty Murray River.

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Kayak in flood water surrounded by trees.

Culgoa River

Completed 20 March 2020

Will I find a desert or inland-sea?

Likely the most isolated sections of either the Murray or Darling river systems.

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River with minimal water and a lot of boulders

Murray River Gorge

Completed 28 Dec 2019

Raft or walk?

Grade IV rapids in freezing water would be a risky trip solo so contemplating a guided raft or walking an extra 50 km.

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Author walking a firetrail carrying pack with paddles

Summit to Source

Completed 22 Dec 2019

Summit to the Source to the Poplars

Nearly 250 km of hiking in Mt Kosciuszko National Park when all was done.

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Miscellaneous kayaking trips

Building and Ferris wheel.

Brisbane River

The ultimate kayaking trip in SE Queensland.

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River surrounded by trees.

Oxley Creek

Fantastic wildlife watching opportunities.

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Bridge on a river

Bremer River

Quiet and tranquil kayaking trip for paddlers of all levels of ability.

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Old Travel Blogs

Desert with tent and two motorcycles

Traversing the Americas by motorcycles on the backroads

May 2010 till May 2011

Approximately 40,000 km from Seattle, Washington, USA to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We rode less than 500 km on any major freeways or highways, and over 20,000 km on dirt, gravel, sand or mud.

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Buddha head enclosed by the trunk of a tree

South East Asia on a shoestring budget

mid 2006

Our first OE (overseas experience) through most of SE Asia over a three month window.

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