The One Woman Wanderer

Tracey Humphreys has passed through Townsville on her one woman walk around the country

After having battled depression most of her life and almost losing her son to the disease in 2014, Tracey Humphreys decided enough was enough.

Samuel Shaw

In September 2015, Tracey packed up her life and her dog Dexter into a 160kg kart and decided to walk solo around Australia for the Black Dog institute.

The institute is a non-for-profit organisation raising money and awareness for suicide and mental illness.

“I’ve had depression all my life and about the time my son tried to take his life the government took $50,000 funding away from the institute and I thought that was terrible,” Tracy told JCNN.

Tracey is completing her walk with Dexter, "The white dog walking for the Black Dog"

Tracey is completing her walk with Dexter, “The white dog walking for the Black Dog”

Tracey aims to raise $50,000 for Team Black Dog throughout her travels, continuing, “There’s just me and my white dog Dexter, he’s the white dog walking for the Black Dog.”

“Dex and I started in Byron Bay in September, although we’ve had about nine or ten weeks off the road due to a few hiccups.”

About the time Tracey had arrived in Ayr, the 160kg three-wheeled buggy she pushes along the way was struggling severely.

A local gentleman by the name of Keith not only offered Tracey and Dexter accommodation for the night, but also decided her struggling kart was in much need of an upgrade.

“Keith decided my other kart wasn’t going to make the distance through some of the more harsh Australian landscape,” she said.

“He rebuilt this in his shed in about a week out of the kindness of his heart.”

“It’s the Humdinger!”

Now paired with three motorcycle tyres, 160kg of essentials, best mate Dexter and a new and improved motor to assist when pushing uphill she is adamant it will go the distance.

Tracey estimates her solo walk around Australia will take another 18 months, but has no definite time for her journey set in stone.

“I’m averaging about 25km a day and have one day a week rest as I need find somewhere to charge the batteries that kick in for the motor when I walk uphill.”

Tracey has currently raised over $5,000 along her journey up the east coast and plans on walking to Charters Towers this week.

For more information visit: http://onewomanwandering.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/onewomanwandering/timeline

To donate to Tracey’s cause visit: https://createyourownevent.everydayhero.com/au/oww

Tracey Humphreys, pictured with her cart "The Humdinger", is completing a solo walk around Australia to raise awareness and funds for the Black Dog Insitute

Tracey Humphreys, pictured with her cart “The Humdinger”, is completing a solo walk around Australia to raise awareness and funds for the Black Dog Insitute