posted on 2019-09-22 23:28:07 in Patagonia Preparation
22nd September starting details 8:50, 10c, 20kg location Lysterfield Park
I was staggered by the amount of cars already in car park when I arrived and sure 90% having bicycle carriers attached. I initially thought I would need to have my wits about me today out on the tracks but as it turned out I hardly saw many cyclists. One group I did see were resting after a fast downhill run, I took a break from walking to chat with them as they were intrigued as to why I was carrying such a large pack. Around the park I actually think I saw as many runners as I did mountain bike riders.
As I got out of the car I could hear the kookaburra calling and as I walked near the lake I could hear and unidentifiable bird booming across the water. Wandering around the park I heard many different bird calls and I always look hard to try and see them but usually not visible. The ones I did catch glimpses of included Eastern Rosella, Grey Butcherbird, Fairy Wren, various water fowl and a kookaburra flying amongst the tree. I always look forward to seeing the wallabies and kangaroos in the park and today was the thrill seeing the first wallabies within 10 minutes. Near the end of the walk I saw some large kangaroo lazing in the sun. Rather than stalk them for a photo I let them take their Rest In Peace.
After about 8km I thought I might need to remove some items from my pack, by the end of the track it was most definitely the case! One objective of the walk today was to test the pack, it was heavy on one side so I will need to rearrange the contents a little to get better balance. My right shoulder certainly felt a lot sorer than the left.
The walk ended up being 4hrs in duration and 16km in length. Very happy with the average 4km per hour especially considering the number of times I stopped to check out photo opportunities. The temperature at the end was 15c, a very comfortable and pleasant temperature to hike in. I can only hope I will experience similar conditions in Patagonia.