Rob Cooks Rides the Tanami Track - In his Power Wheelchair

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Rob Cook is a man of action. You can read about his accident here. His quest is described below:

One man one wheelchair one aim

Due to the extent of my injuries from the helicopter crash, I need to raise financial support to help with the additional expenses that I will have while abroad  completing my Nuffield Scholarship. I couldn't think of a better way to raise money then to take a stroll in my own backyard.  I will drive my wheelchair from the homestead of my family property 'Suplejack', on 23 May 2011. I have estimated my travelling speed at 6 km an hour and I plan on being in the saddle for 6 hours a day averaging 36 km a day .I have allowed 24 days to complete this fundraiser, which will give me a couple of 'down days '.

Suplejack is situated on the Northern reaches of the Tanami Desert.  Approximately 126 wheelchair hours, completing the journey into Alice Springs. My support crew for this journey will be made up of my 3 main carers and family and friends. The invitation is open to anybody wishing to support this fundraiser. We will witness some of Australia's most beautiful sunrises and sunsets and camped by an open fire, enjoying a feed of Suplejack beef. We will rely on solar and generated power and cart our own supply of water and a portable cold room containing food. We'll experience inch by inch the harshness of the Tanami Desert and all its wonders. Our trek will lead us past the Tanami and Granites goldmines, several cattle stations, aboriginal communities and some of the cleanest air Australia has to offer.

The notorious Tanami Track starts just north of Alice Springs.  It cuts its way 1000km along the Western side of the Tanami Desert, ending at Hall's Creek, WA.  My family station is situated 640 km North of Alice Springs on the Tanami Track and then a further 90 km East towards Katherine. Making it Australia's most isolated cattle station.  There are a couple of other reasons behind my 730klm Challenge.  Firstly I want to prove to my sponsors and myself that I have the determination and commitment to this project, secondly to motivate others in similar situations as myself and thirdly to become the first quadriplegic to ever cross the Tanami Desert from the seat of a powered 4 x 4 wheel chair.


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