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Another 20.5km walk in just under 5 hours. It's only really starting to hurt around the 20km mark, so I must be getting fitter. This week I finished off last week's walk follow the last remaining walks down to Smith's Creek. A 180m downhill walk to the water. There was a waterfall nearby that I could hear, but there was no track to get to it. Also I had a long walk along the road. I don't like walking along the road. #hiking#walkabout
Another 22km walk in little over 5 hours. I found the shortcut the wrong way when I realized I was walking in circles. Long Trail has one of the best views in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. There was a lot of horses up there in Terrey Hills. And with all the rock piles, lots of Americans have made there way there too. I don't know why Americans enjoy leaving their mark by piling rocks on top of one another. Maybe someone out there can offer an explanation. There was an indigenous protected site as well. After a closer look, it looks more like a massacre site as I couldn't see any signs of habitation. It's just like the Australian authorities to claim a massacre site as a "Spirit Place". #hiking#walkabout
The local pool has a better backyard than yours. I felt alright going to the pool, but after about 10 laps started to feel really sick. Managed 4km in 84 minutes, that's about 15 minutes off my personal best. I hope it's just a passing flu and I'll be back to normal soon. #swimming 🏊♂️🤸♂️❤
Another 24km monster, but I didn't have to rush so much to get out before dark. No glorious sunset this time, so you guys will have to make do with a rare selfie of me sitting on top of a rock after walking nearly 20km. This walk took me to Elvina Waterfalls, but there wasn't that much water to fall. There's another picture from the top. There was a shortcut that I found afterwards that would have cut about 5km from the trek. The first image is across the bay from the Waterfront Cafe on Church Point. It's a lovely place for a burger and beer. #hiking#walkabout
A 25km monster walk and I only made it out with about 10 minutes of light left. But this photo was worth it, as I was still about 4km from the car when this picture was taken. The bay in the beginning was Morning Bay. When I was a boy, my mother and I visited one of her friends who owned a house down there. I remember kayaking with their son in that inlet on the side. It's funny how old memories can be refreshed when you go back to these places of your childhood. There was also a house that the national part looked to have reprocessed. It was quite funny trying to guess the reason the house was boarded up. I think they accidentally built in the wrong spot. Must have cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. The mistakes some people make. #hiking#walkabout
I almost made it to America, Bay that is. The path was closed an I didn't have the energy to do some off trail bush walking down a steep climb. In the penultimate slide, you can see the lookout form above the bay. This walk took me past the infamous Currawong holiday location. Nearly 18km, but 4 major climbs with the walk up Basin track being 160m. I saw the wallaby with her joey half way up. I'm buying a new phone because the photo is so blurry. All going well, I'll walk the other part of the peninsula tomorrow.
A monster 24km walk down Deep Creek to the Narrabeen Lagoon and back via the 5 mile creek trail. Some 32,500 steps, 5,500 kcal in about 6 hours. I stopped at a cafe on Mona Vale Rd and drank about 2.5 litres of water and was still dehydrated only a couple of kilometres later. I saw a family of black cockatoos and about 3 different wallabies. Something small and black bit my elbow, I think it was a disgruntled spider who was unset that I knocked down its web. The most wildlife I've seen so far. Who can see on the map, where I went around in circles and followed the wrong path only to add an additional 2km to the length of the walk? And got told off for wanting to walk through private property. Oh the joys... #walkabout#hiking 😁
A short walk to the Upper Gledhill Falls, and back past the Baha'i Temple. I think I must have walked past some politician's home, as the police stopped just ahead of me and I had to make a small detour off Chilten Rd, you might be able to see it on the map. Only 11km in 2 hours and 40 minutes, some 15000 steps. #hiking 🌞
The Sphinx memorial trail down to Bobbin Head. The easiest walk to Bobbin Head, about 7km mostly down hill. The walk back along the Warrimoo Track was a bit more difficult, with another 110m climb up a cliff. I think this was the longest walk so far, with my watch dying about 1.2km before the end. So about 17.5km in total, in just over 4.5 hours. At the top of the cliff, there's a seat that I sat down on to catch my breath, and the plaque was dedicated to a girl who died at 21yo in 1999. Reading that plaque put a real bummer on the walk, as I didn't know if she fell down the cliff or not.
Wonderfully hot conditions near 40°C. So hot that halfway off the beach, I had to stop and put on my sandals and look like a real dork. Just at the end of my swim, there looked like a really big fish swimming next to me, it turn out to be a duck. 1 foot waves are so hard to catch, so after about 3-4, I gave up and went for lunch. 4.2km in 85 minutes, not as good as last time, but I'm still happy to get over the 4km mark.🏊♀️🏄♀️🌞🏊♂️🏄♂️🐙❤💋
This time I made it to Bobbin Head. Some 13km in 4 hours, including a 110m climb in the 11th km. If you look at the blurry slide 6, you'll see the rocky outlook that I got to last time. I don't know if there are any other walks close by, or whether I've now done them all.
Conditions where really good and I swam like there was no tomorrow. 4.2km in 85 minutes. I think that was the first time over 4km in salt water in a long time. I then caught half a doven 2-3 footers. I was watching this guy try to teach his 10 year old son how ride a surfboard. Good times like this is what I hope to remember for the rest of my life. Life is what happens in between all your plans. 🏄♀️🏊♀️🐙🐋🐡🏄♂️🐟🍻 #enjoythemoment
3km in 67 minutes. So what do you guys think is more annoying: 1) water that's so foul that you can't see where you're going; 2) little kids that keep swimming perpendicular to everyone else; or 3) pretty girls who spend all their time at the beach trying to take the perfect selfy?
One of the hardest walks every, over 16km and one section was so steep that my heart rate hit 181bpm which is over the maximum for my age. It was too hot, some 32°C and some sections had very little shade, I think my scalp has sunburn. The first slide shows my expected destination although I didn't get there this time. Ended out at a lookout instead, I'll have to try again another day.