- A short walk, but quite hard! It took us about four hours to walk 11km. The slowness I will attribute mostly to the terrain, as described above. Picking my way around and over the granite definitely slowed us down.
- My ankles were really feeling it at the end of the walk, and my calves were extremely tight for a few days afterwards. I took off my shoes and drew the alphabet in the air with my feet during our first break (also a good tip for long plane journeys), but I wish I’d also stretched my calves during the walk and in the evening. Overall, this was a much needed lower leg workout. I clearly need to do more walks (a) on hills/steps and (b) on uneven terrain - there will be a bunch of dry riverbed walking in the first few weeks on the Heysen Trail, so I should try and get used to it!
- By the end of the walk, I did not feel that I could easily walk another 10-15km. But that was partly because we started late (10:30ish). I would have felt different if we’d started at 8:30… maybe!
- I wore my second pair of anti-chafe undies, which were OK but not as good as the pink ones in terms of anti-chafe nor in terms of sheer happy-making colour. Step One > Tradies. (Unfortunately, though, Step One is bamboo, which takes ages to dry.)
- I drank my weird salty orange flavoured electrolyte drink and I think it helped. I also just felt better in general than the last walk.
- I’ve been super hungry lately (cold weather?), but did fine with the rations we packed (6 crackers with cheese, half a Snickers, half a nut bar). That’s good. Still, I was very happy to stuff my face with dumplings at dinner.