BCRW Oct. 2015 - Pat Dysart's Walk Across Australia

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On Monday, October 26, 2015, Benton County Republican Women met at King Tin Restaurant in Corvallis for a no-host luncheon and general meeting. With a stunning slideshow, retired OSU researcher and BCRW member, Dr. Pat Dysart, detailed her 1988, six-month, science based walk across the Australian continent that landed her in the Guinness Book of World Records. Pat field-tested 40 consumer products and planted two million coolabah trees on the trek. Out of the camel train of 15, Sam and Chuluk were featured in Pat's presentation for their distinctly different personalities. The same is true for human personalities, as we learned. Some participants made the trek, or partial legs thereof, for different reasons, which led to some (humorous to us) conflicts. BCRW members and guests enjoyed this record-making travelogue tremendously. On Nov. 3, 2015, the Corvallis Gazette-Times featured Dr. Dysart's trip on the front-page as one of the paper's The Story Next Door series under the title The Long Walk.