SELF professed adventure walkers Graham Burgess and Elaine Taylor recently visited Ceduna after taking on the challenge of walking across the Nullarbor.
Mr Burgess, 73, and Mrs Taylor, 75, live one kilometre apart from each other at Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, and met each other by chance while walking in opposite directions through the Gibson Desert.
One year later the pair decided to walk across the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, and later walk down two pilgrim trails in Spain, both of which took them around 30 days.
Mr Burgess entered the record books in 2012 when he participated in a skydive with nine other men aged over 70, setting a world record.
His other achievements include parachuting into the North Pole in 1994, trekking to the South Pole in 1998, walking Kokoda Track in 2007 and base jumping off Angel Falls in 2008.
Meanwhile Mrs Taylor has travelled across Southern Africa, down the Inca Trail in Peru and walked across Gibson Desert looking for water soak with Andrew Harper.
After these achievements Mr Burgess and Mrs Taylor set their sights on their next journey, walking across the Nullarbor from Norseman in Western Australia to Ceduna.
Mr Burgess said they had planned ahead for this trek, preparing a cart to pull their supplies, but they originally had different plans.
"We had planned to bury food caches between Ceduna and Norseman, but we had to drop the idea because the places we were going to bury them were too dangerous, the ground wasn't suitable and would mean crossing the Nullarbor four times," he said.
"We instead chose to each take turns pulling the cart while the other drove to camp and waited, we alternated several times each day to avoid rigours of being foot sore or fatigued."
Their arrangement worked as they arrived in Ceduna sooner than expected on Friday, April 11.
Mrs Taylor said the biggest thing they learned from the trek is the Nullarbor was not as flat as they thought.
"We spent 50 per cent of the day going uphill," she said.
"We also surprised by the way we were greeted by caravaners, road trains etc."
Mr Burgess and Mrs Taylor also wanted to share why they want to do it and how they are able to do it.
Mr Burgess said you could do it if you thought you could, but you did not need to a lot of preparation to do it.
"If your mind can do it, your body can do it and if you want to do it bad enough, you will do it," he said.
"You should prepare as you do it, never exhaust yourself for an arduous task."
Following their completed walk, the walkers drove back to Lake Macquarie, and plan to drive around Tasmania in a restored 1929 Austin 7 motorcar.
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