Driving solo around Australia for most of us would be an adventure in itself, but for 88 year old adventurer Mary Taylor its as routine as taking a morning walk.
Mary who lives in Mornington on the shores of Victorias Port Phillip Bay has just returned from her 13th trip around Australia, an arduous road journey of over 13,000 kilometres.
It all began with an impulsive response to the need to Go See Australia,
I was driving from my home in Mornington to my daughters house in Armadale one morning and the thought occurred to me that instead of turning left to go to her place, what if I kept on going? said Mary.
That started me thinking about how to go about planning such a trip. Having been married to one of Australias most senior soldiers, Id had some experience at planning. I bought road maps and started to plan. Something like a minor military exercise.
Marys late husband was one of Australias top soldiers in 1960, Major-General Tim Taylor, Deputy Chief of the Australian Army.
Not long after, Mary set off on what was to be the first of many adventures driving around Australia.
A keen author and photographer, Mary has also published a book about her outback adventures entitled Baked Beans in the Outback and Curry in Kashmir.
Mary Taylor 13 times Around The Block