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Newcastle - the final major town

Day 496 - 5169km

sunny 25 °C

The crow who followed me from Perth shows me the way :-)

I knew it was a long walk to Newcastle, probably 28km from Swansea. I was walking before 7am, but a strong western wind slowed me down. The road, the 111 Highway was pretty safe, and at about 17km I met Nathan in Charlestown for lunch. A much needed rest.

Harvey reaches the coast on the east in Newcastle

I was feeling a little weary, but I knew I will have a rest for one or two days before taking the next 160km to Taree. My mind seems a little clearer now. I know exactly the distance to Byron Bay, and I know that the councils and the information offices are the important people to promote this Pilgrimage. I firstly wished to promote it when the walk was over, but I am learning fast from the local councils so it is becoming a good idea to make sure all the councils know of this walk before I reach Byron Bay.

The terrific staff of information office in Gosford - The dangerous roads I met on the way from Sydney.

I have not recorded much on the video camera, as I am tired after each days walk plus the number of people Nathan and I talk to about the walk and its purpose. It is just part of it, but the local people always give us a boost and thats probably why we do not rest that much. Even when we meet people who think peace will never happen, Nathan said once 'but if you could see it, would that change your view". It is true, like the Einstein quotation, "knowledge is limited", you have to use your imagination and your vision of peace to create it.

I have learned a great deal on this journey. I came here to make friends with anyone of any type, and I am proud of myself that I have given my opinion and my respect to everyone. I don't seem to have a single enemy, it is a lovely feeling. I understand the importance of making friends with the enemy. To me this is the key to creating peace. It is far too easy to be loving and caring to your friends, and spend no time with ones you don't like - really that means you are only building walls between people. I have met so many people on this journey who feel their own opinions are more important than other peoples feelings, some are neighbours, or just people they just met. Sometimes these people inadvertingly create hatred between people, no different than terrorists. When that happens, I prefer to be alone rather share my company with them, some just will not change. But I believe that in time they will understand why they are limited in making friends. The brotherhood of man, is everyone, not just the ones you like.

Diversions after diversions - Bobby made me a safer path.

I have learned more from people who are nothing like me, and have complete opposites of my opinions. My way is simple, I respect their views, but they must respect mine - thats the way to end friction and build an understanding thus a friendship. If one cannot understand the other persons opinions, then it is you and I have failed to make friends. I was proud to be Irish when I heard of the peace agreement in Ireland. I read it in Time magazine, even though there is no solution if there will be a united Ireland or not, but is it important? We have peace first, that was always the first priority.

I hope I will have the opportunity to speak to as many people as possible in the final month, and after that a long rest to recharge my batteries, until the next journey.

The day we were on NBN TV 6 o'clock News.

Namaste to all those who helped us, we are very privilaged to meet them.

Frank Muldowney

Posted by fmuldowney 17:54 Archived in Australia

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Some wise person said "stay close to your friends but even closer to your enemies". Good Luck on the remainder of your journey Frank!

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