Harald goes the distance for lost loved ones
WHEN Harald Ulriksen started his mammoth trek from Adelaide to Brisbane in memory of his late wife and father, he did not even know if he would make the distance.
Now, almost two months later, Mr Ulriksen has passed through the Tweed Shire and is just one day away from finishing.
On a road trip to Adelaide from Ballina in 2002, Mr Ulriksen and his father, who had been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer, joked that he would get so well they would be able to walk back. Unfortunately this never happened.
Mr Ulriksen and his wife Brony Meredith later spoke of doing the walk together when she beat her breast cancer, but sadly she passed away in April 2008.
With Mr Ulriksen's life devastated by cancer, he decided to fulfil his promise to his loved ones and walk the 2250km between the capitals.
“I left on my wedding anniversary, December 17 - it would have been our third,” the 37-year-old carer said.
“It's been a good trip for me healing wise.
“I've met a lot of people and shared stories. It's been a good journey.”
Clutching a photo of his wife, his partner of nine years, Mr Ulriksen said she has been with him the whole time.
“She loved camping and outdoors. She just lived life for the simplicity of it.
“Even though I'm going through grief I'm content.
“I've had some really amazing things happen.”
All money riased - now at about $12,000 - will go to the McGrath Foundation.