Sydney teacher Patrick O’Shea was back in the Central West this week for the second staging of the Paddy’s Pub to Pub Tour in remembrance of his late wife Michelle Hanrahan.
Because Mr O’Shea’s wife was a Central West girl, he has spent the week walking through the villages she and her family knew well – and he brought the rain.
Last year, Mr O’Shea and his group walked from each town, but in 2018 things were slightly different.
They visited the same locations – Oberon, Black Springs, O’Connell and Bathurst – but walked on paths and trails throughout the towns, due to safety reasons.
They spent Tuesday at Black Springs before heading to Oberon and staying overnight at the Royal Hotel.
On Wednesday, they headed out to the Oberon Dam while the welcomed rain came down.
“It was a misty, murky walk in the morning,” Mr O’Shea said.
“We had a barbecue lunch at the Oberon Dam, before it started raining and then we headed to O’Connell afterwards.”
After spending the night at the O’Connell Pub, they headed to Bathurst on Thursday morning.
They walked iconic locations of Bathurst, including Mount Panorama.
Mr O’Shea said donations this year can be made direct to Love Your Sister.
The team has managed to raise $5500 so far, with the team’s target of $8000 still reachable.
Visit the Paddys Pub To Pub Tour Facebook page for more information on the event and the items, including a signed and framed Roosters jersey to be presented by Victor Radley and a Gray Nicolls cricket bat autographed by Sir Ian Botham, that are being raffled.
Mr O’Shea and his team of 15 walkers will head to Sydney on Friday to complete the final leg of their fundraiser, walking from the North Bondi RSL to the Clovelly Hotel.