Walking his team of five camels across Australia, John Elliott's pace has certainly slowed, but this new, simple life has bought a richness the high-fying entrepreneur could never have imagined.
In April this year, the award-winning executive walked away from his life of luxury in Perth, his penchant for fast cars replaced by the most unlikely of vehicles, a camel train.
"I knew I was ready for an adventure, and during a discussion one night camels came up, I had no idea we had such a large population in Australia, so I started googling, and one thing kind of led to another," he laughs.
A pre-expedition check-up also led to the discovery of a stage one melanoma, prompting John to dedicate his journey fundraising for The Beard Season, a charity supporting free skin checks and skin cancer awareness.
Today, Ted, Jackson, Bill, Arthur and young Charlie are John's constant companions, as well as his dog, Bruski, on his solo expedition across Australia.
The expeditions will be the first of its kind to cross through every state of Australia, taking two years to complete.
Now, seven months into his quest, and having enjoyed first-hand the character and generosity of numerous rural communities, John and his team are inching towards Parliament House.
His camel train will reach Parliament House lawn on Monday, November 25 and mark 2,000km into his journey.
John would love nothing more than to have a beer with Prime Minister Scott Morrison, but is realistic that he may not be able to make the party, given his current work load.
A genuine character, Rabbit Hop Films has been documenting part of his journey, and on Friday, November 22, released a two-minute teaser, The Money or The Camel.
The clip preludes a feature-length documentary the production company hopes to produce, and is currently seeking to raise funding for.
Rabbit Hop Films owner, Sascha Estens of Moree, met John as he travelled through her hometown of Moree earlier this year, instantly struck not only by his physical journey, but his life journey also.
"John has a big story to tell, and he's not afraid to tell it," she said.
"Honest and raw, he delves straight into his life's lessons so far, the mistakes he's made, his battles with addiction and mental health.
"You can't help but be drawn to this cheery adventurer, you'd think he's been in the bush his whole life, he can converse so naturally with total strangers along his journey and he has a special gift for inspiring and helping these new-found friends navigate their own personal struggles."
The adventure is also helping John in his quest for happiness and success.
"I thought money was the answer, but now to be free of the long-term loans, free of the system that drives you to spend more time working than you do with your family and friends, free from worrying about the car you drive, the house you live in, the ambition up the corporate ladder," he said.
"What if I walked away from all of that to find out if I could still find success and feel achievement in my life?"
Travelling through Australia so far, John has been buoyed by the generosity and warm welcome received from many of the rural towns he's visited.
Visiting schools, aged-care facilities and hospitals, engaging with local communities across drought-affected regions has emerged as one of his most heartwarming intentions.
"It's just so dry, it's the one thing on everyone's mind and all anyone is talking about, so when I walk through the place with my five camels it's a healthy, and welcomed, distraction," he said.
"I walk down a main street and to have everyone turn, an excuse for the kids to come out with a smile on their face - it's good to be able to provide that."
He laughs that he's only used a third of the food he expected, such is the generosity of the people who pass his way.
"I've been invited in for roast dinners, had people drop off baked goods and about every tenth car that pulls up there's something there for us even if it's just a bottle of water," he said.
"I could never of predicted how much interest people have shown in the trip and in the camels, and the bush telegraph certain works in weird and wonderful ways."
After Canberra, John will venture to Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Territory and finish on the coast in Western Australia.
Due to bull camel attacks in the desert John has been told he has an 80 per cent chance of survival, but he shrugs off any concern.
"I've traded a five-star lifestyle for a five billion star adventure, and it's worth anything life throws my way!"
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