It might've been a more abbreviated stopover than they originally planned, but Nathan Harris-Dent and Blake Dobles nonetheless enjoyed their time walking through the Great Lakes.
The two young men are currently making their way from Melbourne to Brisbane by foot in an effort to raise money for Victoria-based charity, Dogs for Kids.
They arrived at Seal Rocks on Thursday, January 7 after more than 50 days on the road and said they were blown away by the scenery.
"We really enjoyed Seal Rocks; that was super pretty," Nathan said.
Plans to stop at The Ruins Campground the following day were abandoned when they discovered there was no room for them, so they continued along The Lakes Way to Forster, clocking up 43 kilometres on what turned out to be one of the longest days of their trip.
Following a night at Lani's Caravan Park, the boys walked a modest 10 kilometres north to the Darawank War Memorial Park, where they spent the night alongside the Wallamba River.
"That was lovely on the water. We had a little swim there," Nathan said.
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Currently in Port Macquarie, the boys are on track to reach Brisbane in a month's time, wrapping up an epic 2200km, three-month expedition.
Dubbed 'Ks for Days', Nathan said the trip was envisaged as both a journey of self-discovery and an opportunity to do their part for a worthy charity.
"My family has been heavily involved supporting Dogs for Kids and we want to do our part to help the charity as it's been doing it tough during the pandemic," he said.
Dogs for Kids is a not-for-profit organisation that raises and trains assistance and therapy dogs for children who face physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges.
Nathan says the highlight of the trip so far has been the continuous generosity they've been shown by strangers, with plenty of people going out of their way to help them.
"We've met heaps of nice people," he said.
"Just yesterday a lady drove into town and bought us a Gatorade each."
The pair haven't faced too many challenges either, with the flies in Victoria at the top of their list of complaints.
"We've been pretty lucky," Nathan said.
"It hasn't been too hot, it hasn't been too rainy, and I feel like every day we've been getting stronger."
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And if you're wondering how many pairs of shoes the boys have been through, Nathan says they're currently on their second pair and are expecting them to last the rest of the way.
Nathan and Blake have raised close to $14,500 for Dogs for Kids so far.
For more about Dogs for Kids, click here.
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