On Foot

I’m glad it’s almost Sunday, because the last two days have been long ones. After our canoe survey yesterday, I went for a long run, then stayed up past Mornington Midnight (otherwise known at 9pm, a brutally late hour) with some freshly-arrived hospitality recruits. And today I’ve covered more than 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) on foot, much of it off-trail.

This morning the roads were damp with a skiff of overnight rain. I was headed to cover a distant group of Fairy-Wren territories, which required a 4-kilometer bike ride followed by a 4-kilometer off-trail hike, but things got off to a bad start when my bike became hopelessly bogged and seized less than five minutes out. I ended up walking the whole distance; it took me two hours just to get back from my farthest point, a brutal hike in 92% humidity. I don’t think I’ve ever sweated so much in my life! I still had enough energy for my daily run in the evening, but was pretty cashed by the end of it. Tomorrow, we’re planning to sleep in, then go swimming at Dimond Gorge (yep, “Dimond”). Can’t wait!

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