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MWW2019 Leg 5: Day Nine / Walking Day Eight (Linton to Skipton)

I’m back home now, but now have yet to complete this journal. So, from the comfort of my armchair, I’m looking back to the last days of the pilgrimage.  We had arranged to catch the 10:21 coach service back to … Continue reading

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MWW2019 Leg 5: Day Eight/Seventh Walking Day (Smythesdale to Linton)

On practically every section of the MacKillop-Woods Way that I have walked so far, there has been a day (or at least a part of a day) in which I have walked alone. Back in Passiontide 2014, when walking the … Continue reading

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MWW2019 Leg 5: Day Seven/Sixth Walking Day (Ballarat to Smythesdale)

After breakfast at St Alipius’, Sean headed off before me to go and find a coffee shop, while I completed marking an essay. Just before I left, Fr Justin was up, so I had the opportunity to say thank you … Continue reading

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MWW2019 Leg 5: “Rest Day” in Ballarat

Today is Sunday, the “day of rest”, so appropriately we scheduled one in. “Rest” is a relative matter, however, and, as we were on foot, any church attendance or sight-seeing was to be done on foot. I think I did … Continue reading

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MWW2019 Leg 5: Day Five (Gordon to Ballarat)

On all our journeys, there comes a point where you get into the swing of things, and everything settles down, and life becomes good – at least for a while. It is a point where you are happy to keep … Continue reading

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MWW2019 Leg 5: Day Four (Ballan to Gordon)

Having fallen asleep immediately last night, I was up at 7am this morning working on my journal for yesterday. Sean joined me and worked on his own journal for a while. At about 8am, Bill and Colleen came in to … Continue reading

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MWW2019 Leg 5: Day Three (Bacchus Marsh to Ballan)

I just remembered, as we were walking out of Bacchus Marsh yesterday, the old saying among Melburnians: “From here to Bacchus Marsh”. Well, I know how far that is now. Another thought that has often been in our minds on … Continue reading

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MWW2019 Leg 5: Day Two (Caroline Springs to Bacchus Marsh)

There are days on pilgrimage when everything is easy. Mostly these are days when you are walking on one of Victoria’s many wonderful rail-trails. It is smooth, quiet, level, picturesque, etc etc. No problems. There are other days when everything … Continue reading

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MWW2019 Leg 5: Day One (Fitzroy to Caroline Springs)

So we are underway again. The MacKillop-Woods Way exists more in the realm of ideas than the world of reality at the moment, although every step we take on this pilgrimage brings it more into focus. It started as an … Continue reading

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MWW2019 – Day 12: Kensington to Waverley Cemetery to North Sydney (“Consummatum est” or “Remember, we are but travellers here.”)

I woke this morning with tears in my eyes. The dim dawn light was beginning to shine through the window, and Sean had just woken up and greeted me with a cheery “Good morning!” The first thing I said to … Continue reading

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