As told to Ashleigh Falconer
In March last year, over the course of four days, Majell Backhausen ran 273 kilometres across Victoria’s Central Highlands. The run, through wild mountain country and threatened mountain ash forest, spanned the width of the proposed Great Forest National Park. The park doesn’t presently exist, but Majell – My-al, Patagonia Sport Community Manager – hopes it soon will. The idea is being put forward as the ultimate protection for some of Australia’s most ecologically important old growth forest. Majell recalls when he saw the map of the proposed park his first thought was to run across it, east to west. “It just makes sense,” he said, as only a runner can reason. Majell’s run would be featured in the film series, End to An End, and in the days after he completed it, he wrote these journal notes.
Day 0, The Taper Down
The day before an ultramarathon I highly recommend wrapping yourself in cotton wool and locking yourself to the couch. But of course, I didn’t do that. Climbing the walls, I decided a gentle bike ride while calling a friend could calm me down. I stacked it. One hand on the handlebar, one holding my phone, the hairpin turn got the best of me.