Rockhampton Tilt Train - Brisbane to Bundy
So after a couple daily workouts, and a couple days off, I have moved on from Darwin. It has been a crazy busy past week but that is all behind me as I make my way to the northeast coastal town of Cairns, Queensland by way of Bundy and a sailboat soon.
Previously this week, I have performed a couple of daily workouts that need to be posted. Saturday the 2nd, I woke to do a solid 5k at race pace. Come to find out that as I approached the park, there was a local race going on. Ton of runners at the park trail. So naturally I had to join in and proceeded to jump in with the pack. My time was entirely accurate at the finish since I don't know exactly how far they had run before I joined but it seemed to be about a 5k since I clocked my watch at 17:30 at the finish and they way they had the course set up hinted towards a 5k length. I estimate that I did a 21 or 22 minute run. Not bad for having the winter off and being unconditioned. I'll have that down to an 18 in no time. Good day though.
Sunday was another LSD run with about a 6.2k loop around to Mindil Beach, around the museum and back to the hostel. Decent. About 36 minutes or so I believe at a 12 minute mile pace I believe. I'm doing this all from memory since I have been a bit busy and didn't log it earlier. (Lesson learned)
Monday was the Darwin Cup. Huge horse race, actually 3 of them. I bartended at that for a corporate tent sponsored by the Commonwealth Bank. Free booze and rich people. Such a horrible mix. Always ends in disaster. Let's leave it at that. I made some great friends in the meantime though and will hope to keep in touch with them. Got off real late and had to go check in at a new hostel in town because Dingo only allows travelers a week there. This was a typical party hostel. Annoying, overwhelming, but decently clean and well-kept. I managed it for a couple of days. Nice jug of beer with my new bartender friend Cedric put me right to sleep.
Tuesday. Slept in like a baby after the busy past few days. I have stopped looking for work in town as of a few days ago and have recently made plans to leave Darwin. After talks with Aisha, I put the car on Gumtree to sell. After only being online for a day and a half, I was receiving numerous interested parties. Meanwhile I also proceeded to buy a ticket to Brissy, because I got in touch with a nice couple located just north of there who need some help sailing their boat up to Cairns and beyond. I sent them a message. Little did I know, that another Couchsurfer, Emily, who I spoke with about travels before ever leaving America, was also going to be sailing on this very same boat. Small world. Haha. I spoke with Alex and Suzanna, owners of the boat, and they were awesome. I decided that was my new plan. Screw working right now. I'm going sailing for the next month. One of my dreams since California. I booked a train ticket from Brissy to Bundy, booked a stay at a work hostel there in hopes of finding some work while we prep to sail out on the 25th. I'm currently on that very train. Was only in Brissy for like four hours but it was nice. Flew over night so that was nice to catch some sleep and not have to stay in a hostel. Woke up when we landed, and caught the city train to the Roma St. Station where I left from on this trek. Will be arriving in Bundy in about three hours from now. Slick.
Just the day before, on Wednesday while prepping to leave, I had a meeting with a man to sell the car. I raced back across town from the lagoon where I was spending the day with a cute girl having a swim. Soon as I arrive at our meeting point I call him only to have him cancel on me, saying he has other things to do. Really?! After HE was the one who set up this meeting time. Some people are seriously so disrespectful. I'm glad he didn't buy my glorious stallion of a station wagon. He didn't deserve to be in its presence. Two seconds later, something crazy happened. A guy who viewed the car a day prior hit me up and said he would take the car. What luck! He arrived ten minutes later and we arranged the deal. Fat stack of cash in Aisha's and my hands five minutes later really made the day that much better. And to make things better, I received my tax file number in the mail that same evening which is required to work in Oz. Everything literally came together all a few hours before I was supposed to leave for Brissy. I guess I'm just lucky. Then I said goodbye to some great friends I have made in the first 5 weeks of this trip and hopped the bus to the airport.
Some may see this change of pace and drastic swerve in plans as impulsive and irresponsible but I say bullshit. Go do whatever makes you happy. All the haters can sit there and stay at home in their comfortable and cozy ruts they call lives. I'll go do me. Yeah.
Keep in touch y'all.