Today's distance: 17.23 Total: 127.33 km

A slow start to the day to give my body a break from yesterday's challenge. I am getting into a routine now; wake up when the magpies call, coffee, breakfast, pack tent and bag, filter water, last camp check then go. This usually takes me around 1-1.5 hours. This morning it took me nearly 3 hours. See what I mean about a slow start?

Today was the first day I didn't see a single human soul. Actually, I think this is the first time that has happened in my life! I noticed I get caught up in my thoughts often. The thoughts go around in circles, and I think about the same thing 2, 3, maybe 10 times. My thoughts seem so loud because everything else is so quiet. I had to listen to music, to get me out of my head and back into the moment.

Walking through classic Australian station country now. Red dirt, saltbush, sheep and goats. I spotted lots of Red and Euro Kangaroos, Emus and some colourful birds that I wish I could name.

I got emotional today. I wanted to speak with certain people, but had no way of getting in contact with them. I wanted company; to make jokes, mess around, talk about the scenery. I guess when I see them again I'll have lots to share with them.

The last few days has included kilometres and kilometres of creek walking. The trail markers are more like 'guidelines' now as I go off trail seeking a track that's safer and less likely to cause injury. I don't know how many times I've nearly rolled my ankle.

Arrived at Mayo hut at 2.30 pm. A good time to rinse my clothes and wash myself, my unclean self was becoming offensive to me. I trekked up multiple hills in the hope to send my daily update, but no success. So, I guess I'll hit you guys with lots of updates at once. On the top of the hill I did find a balloon, I wonder how far this little bigger travelled.

I made a fire and cooked up mexi beans. Thanks so much Kylie, it was so delicious.

Tomorrow I hope I don't come off too strong to people I meet in Hawker. I am so sorry I need human contact!


Dani xxx

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