Wed. 10 Apr: time to explore Hanoi… and celebrate!
Tue. 9 Apr (Vietnam): Trekking on Cat Ba Island and return to Hanoi
Tonight is the last night for Team Flinders in their Race Across Asia. Over the last two weeks the team has cycled, hiked, kayaked, zip-lined and rock-climbed their way across Southeast Asia. As a whole, they’ve faced many fears, achieved personal bests, surprised themselves each day with what their bodies can accomplish when they put their minds to it! All the while knowing that they have done an amazing job raising over $30,000 forFlinders Medical Centre Foundation for cancer research. Congratulations Team, you really are an inspiration to us all!
Mon. 8 Apr (Vietnam): Cruising, kayaking, and rock climbing in Cat Ba
Some great news from Team Flinders! Spirits are high, friendships have been made and life changing experiences keep on coming their way!
“Team Flinders are truly challenging themselves each and every day of this trip. After cruising through the beautiful karst mountains of Halong Bay, the team landed on a secluded beach and tested their nerves and skill rock climbing. The boys won the kayaking challenge by a whisker, but results are still out for a dual day rock climbing challenge. Team work and trust are the name of the game with team members blindfolded and climbing high up a rock face guided by feel and their team members voice! Amazing spirit and teamwork has been shown by all! Tonight the team rest up for their last full day of racing in beach bungalows with breath taking views!”
Sun 7 Apr (Vietnam): Hanoi – Cat Ba Island
Another day of exploration and adventuring today, as the team rest up for the last leg of the physical challenge starting tomorrow. This morning the team travelled to the port city of Haiphong on the edge of the World-Heritage listed Halong Bay. There are over 350 islands scattered throughout Halong Bay and the team travelled by boat to Cat Ba, the largest of these islands.
Sat 6 Apr (Vietnam): Luang Prabang – Hanoi
The team enjoyed some much needed down time to explore Luang Prabang before they set off towards Hanoi. With an early rise, team Flinders are able to witness first hand the ancient rituals of local monks collecting alms at dawn, followed by trinket shopping at the colourful markets.
Fri 5 Apr (Laos): Kuang Si Waterfall
This morning we have some time to explore the village and soak up our peaceful surrounds. Then we begin our trek through a valley headed towards Kuang Si waterfall.
Here’s a message from Jo, our Tour Escort:
Laos has been spectacular. Starting our visit with a moving back ceremony where we welcomed into a local home and are now all proudly wearing our string bracelets that are to help protect us on our journey. The team spent a night with a hill tribe village, living as they do in basic bamboo accommodation, the bucket shower was a welcome refreshing novelty. Our wonderful local guide KL told us that the loudest chicken would be our lunch, there were many to choose from as local village life starts early! On a hot walk through the smokey jungle we were accompanied by 1000′s of white butterflies to the beautiful Kuang Si falls. The perfect place to celebrate Johnnos birthday and cool off before our uphill cycle challenge! Natasha and Dan taking out equal first place! Tonight the group has a well earned rest and a chance to let their hair down before flying to Vietnam for their last leg of the race.
Thu 4 Apr (Laos): Hilltribe Cycling (20km) and Trekking (20km)
Our first full day in Laos and the action begins straight away. We head out of Luang Prabang with the rolling hills and lush green landscape surrounding us. We start off on two wheels until we reach a village called Ban Thin Som. We then started our journey on two feet, trekking through local farms to Kamu village. We finished our trek at the Hmong hilltribe village of Ban Long Lao.
We had the unique opportunity of being invited into a local home and joining in a ‘back’ ceremony. 32 spirits in the body being called back and used to keep family friends and travellers safe. It was beautiful and everyone came away feeling very special to have been part of such a special ceremony.
Wed. 3 Apr (Thailand – Laos): Mountain Biking – 25km
Waking up early, today we left our jungle lodge and hit the bicycles again. We followed a single trail along the mountain ridge to the village of Khun Tha… the panoramic views were breathtaking! The end of the ride saw us on a single track downhill to the base of the mountain where we stopped to visit a temple. After lunch, we transferred to the airport for our short flight to the beautiful riverside town of Luang Prabang in Laos. More adventures to follow…
Tue. 2 Apr (Thailand): The Treetop Adventure
Team Flinders have spent their first night in Thailand at the rustic Pang Soong Lodge. Today they will take to the treetops for some zip-lining action as well as a canopy walk. Team Flinders will really test their ability to overcome fear of heights as the Race Across Asia takes the adventure to new heights! Here’s an update from the ground:
Team Flinders last seen flying through the jungle! After an 8km hike through the hills of Chiang Mai crossing streams and following an ancient trade track, the team headed into the forest canopy for an amazing afternoon of zip trekking. Fears were conquered, the style was outstanding! The ladies are still in the lead with Katie taking out 1st place in the “f is for flinders” challenge with Johnno and Dan coming in 2nd and 3rd!
Words from the team on their experiences so far “exhilarated, jam packed, amazing, unbelievable, it’s gone from crazy to tranquil” with the next stop the beautiful Luang Prabang in Laos their adventure is no where near over!
Mon. 1 Apr (Cambodia to Thailand): Cambodia to Thailand – life in the jungle!
Today Team Flinders flew from Siem Reap to Chiang Mai to start the jungle leg of their adventure. Upon arrival, our unified team were split into two challenge teams – boys vs. girls (with Tour Escort, Jo, joining the boys team to even out numbers). They will spend the next couple of days competing in an outdoor survival challenge.
The teams built shelters, made camp fires to cook their food which they hunted with slingshots (in a round about way). They also made all their cooking utensils and pots and pans out of bamboo and banana palm! We then ate the results! It must be said both teams did an amazing job.
When the points were tallied the girls took out the challenge!
Congratulations ladies your food was delicious, your campfire was raging and your shelter held up impressively to the pseudo storm!
Sun. 31 Mar: Cycling in Siem Reap
A successful and eventful day for Team Race Across Asia today. Cycling through the countryside to visit outer lying temples, our team was cheered on by local kids. We really got to see what rural life in Cambodia was like today!
Briony had a small bingle and is now wearing her battle scars proudly. Lunch was an adventure with a gas bottle exploding in the kitchen. Thankfully no one was injured. Despite the excitement we still had a delicious Khmer meal from our lunch hosts.
The temples were magical and the variety and workmanship of the ancient Khmers is spectacular. One thing for sure, Cambodia is never dull!! More soon….
Sat. 30 Mar: Temples of Angkor Wat
An early start today as we rose to see the sunrise over the spires of Angkor Wat. After a bite to eat, Team Flinders hit the bicycles to discover the sprawling temple complex of Angkor on two wheels. There was even time for a spot of Apsara posing (heavenly dancer).
Fri. 29 Mar: Team Flinders are off!
The big day has arrived. Today Team Flinders will board their flights bound for Siem Reap, Cambodia. This will be the beginning of an incredible adventure that will take them from Cambodia onto Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days.
— Everyday Hero (@EverydayHer0) March 28, 2013
Fri. 22 Mar: One week to go!
— Inspired Adventures (@inspiredadvntrs) March 22, 2013
ABOUT FLINDERS MEDICAL CENTRE FOUNDATION & THE RACE ACROSS ASIA
On your marks, get set, go! It’s time for Team Flinders to set off on The Race Across Asia 2013. From cycling in Cambodia to flying along a zipwire in Thailand, trekking in Laos and kayaking and rock-climbing in Vietnam, keep up to date as the 6 brave adventurerers race to the finish line to raise vital funds for cancer research.
The funds raised through The Race Across Asia will help support the leading biomedical, behavioural and clinical researchers who work within the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC). They will help establishing and continuing cutting edge research into cancers such as that of the breast, bowel, prostate, oesophagus, ovaries, cervix, kidneys, lung, liver, blood (leukaemia) and brain tumours.
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- Visit the Team Flinders Fundraising Page
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