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... Face Challenge. He was I think quite keen about the group because it was a nice way for him to get in some training for the event, which had a cycling leg on Mutla Ridge. We ended up making this the route for most of the rides we did. Through his encouragement I signed up for the Challenge too, and it certainly lived up to its name!!! I've never really done one of these things before but had heard of such events back home, like ...
... be capable of 80km/h. They had played under 12, then under 16, then senior cricket for their hometown together, David batting 5th and a fairly average fielder, James a wicketkeeper who batted third, on after the first wicket. They had fought over a simultaneous crush as 10 year olds, their friendship untouched only because both were rejected. Fishing was the salve of their souls, the centre of the week even though it was on a weekend. It didn't need to be a huge adventure, it just ...
... when Al Zain (I hope that's actually her normal name!) came up and started reading her speech for her I was ****** off because it looked like she was taking over and I even wondered if there was some sort of psychological/role playing thing happening where this Gambian woman was sticking to her 'role' of always being helped by a benefactor.
This is a bit negative (I would have struggled with nerves too) ...
... artworks laying inside, cooling after having been in the violent, furnace-like temperatures all night. Melted from jagged piles of glass shards and pellets into truly beautiful rainbow coloured plates, platters, fish, panels and the like. 3 phase electrical cabling snaking to fuse boxes, the sense of a complex, technical operation that my grandfather, an electrical engineer, needed to help set up.
... but we'll get to those boring details later. The walk was 100km long, the Oxfam Trailwalker Brisbane, to be completed in <48hrs. There were 300+ teams of 4, and about 600 pairs of bespoke carbon fibre walking poles carried by people who wanted to show that they were really prepared.
Actually those can be quite useful, 4 legged animals are faster.
Anyway, on with my autobiography. So I'm in this walk because other people were, and it was ...