Imperial stormtrooper marches through on epic charity trek
ONE week before leaving Melbourne to walk around Australia in a Star Wars stormtrooper outfit, Scott Loxley and his long-time girlfriend Sally said "I do".
Mr Loxley has been on the road for 18 months now and it will be another couple of months before he gets home and settles in to married life.
But the marriage is going well so far, he said.
"Yeah, she knows I'm always doing something," he said. "There was a bit of a conversation that went back and forth a bit (about the timing of the wedding) but, yeah, the marriage is going well. We're still together."
Mr Loxley is a former cycling champion and spent several years in the army which he said prepared him well for his 15,000km walk.
He is raising money for the Monash Children's Hospital in Melbourne and prior to becoming "that guy in the stormtrooper suit", was not really a Star Wars fan.
"I remember my mum and dad took me to the drive-in to see it. It's something you don't forget. My kids have all seen it and you get a new appreciation," he said.
It was his daughter's interest in going to a comic costume event that inspired him to make his own stormtrooper outfit which he has now worn everyday since leaving in November 2013.
The walk has taken him across the Nullarbor, up the West Coast, over the Top End and now back down the East Coast. He is pushing a modified pram containing the bare essentials for life on the road, and he sleeps wherever he can find shelter.
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Mr Loxley was munching down on a hot dog in Lismore when The Northern Star caught up with him, but he has made a point of eating roadkill whenever he can find it along the way.
His misadventures have included a run-in with a very lively king brown snake and also a close encounter with a 5.5m crocodile at a reptile park in Darwin.
The epic solo adventure has brought in almost $60,000 of the $100,000 Mr Loxley hopes to raise by the time he arrives back in Melbourne.