I just came back from the beach where I was watching the moon again. First I though I could go for a swim, but somehow the evening got a bit cool and
also I feel quite tired, so I changed my plan. I was standing on the beach, admiring the moon and trying to take a photo with the iPhone (which is
actually absolutely useless as a photo camera – I cannot see anything on the screen...) when a big wave came, made me wet and almost took my shoes
into the ocean.
The 'big wave' reminded me on my sister when we were little kids. She is Pisces like you, and it was always very difficult to keep her out of the water. One day during our holidays on the sea side with my parents we were walking along the beach. When it got late and cool my mum did not allowed us to go into the water any more as we could catch a cold (the water over there is ice cold). At some point my mum turned around and my sister was completely wet. Mum got a bit upset why my sister did not listen to her and my sister in a serious voice replied - “Mum, a huge wave came over me and made me wet” (you have to know that there are not any waves at all in the sea in my home country). Until today with my parents we laugh about this incident.
Anyway, I enjoyed the evening, as I enjoyed the entire day today. In the morning again I went for a long walk on the beach – this time to the south. This direction the walk is not as long as to the north – channels are cutting the beach. I was able to cross one small channel. I could see that the water is rising, the high-tide would be in about 2,5 hours. I knew I have to hurry up otherwise I could be cut-off there for hours. Nevertheless I kept going along the shores and through the mangroves swamps and other shrubs until I could not go any further. I cannot say that I was really in a hurry as I was stopping all the time either taking photos or admiring all the little creatures, mostly birds, living here. When I finally made it back to the little channel I had to cross... I was a bit shocked how high the water got... It took me some time but luckily I managed to find a relatively shallow spot where I still could cross the water – it was half my thighs. I can swim, so in theory I could swim across, but it would not work very well with all my cameras equipment... Sometimes I am amazed myself by my decisions – I knew very well that most probably I will get myself into troubles when I go over the channel, but I still did it. Somehow the urge to see how far I can go, to see what is behind the corner is out of my control. I always blame genetics for this – my parents are the same ;)
After the walk I went for a ride to see your property. OK, before we had a not very pleasant discussion with George – it was calm, but sad. He wanted to come with me for a ride – we could make a plan, go somewhere for lunch and so on. However, I did not want him to come, I just wanted to ride by myself – without a plan, with the ability to stop where I want to, ride as I want to. I think after years of pleasing somebody I have the right to have a day when I can do what I want to. We had some chat about us, which I concluded with a sentence “Funny how life went. You hoped that with time I will change and I hoped that you will stay as you were when we met. What happened is you changed and I stayed the same”. He agreed and I drove off.
I felt a bit sad when I left, but soon the sad feeling was gone and I could feel the taste of freedom and happiness – to ride with the speed I feel comfortable with, to see the fields and scenery around me (the landscape there is quite nice with all the hills around and everything was very green, probably after all the rains we had recently), to be able stop wherever I want to and take as many photos as I want to. Usually I have to ride to George's speed to keep up with him and all I see on the way is his bike and the bitumen in front of me (luckily he is not really speeding, but sometimes it is too fast for me; on the bike I am not as good as in the car). Today there was hardly any traffic on the roads and often, though it was 100kph zone I rode only 80kph, just to enjoy the surroundings. And when the odd car came behind me I just accelerated or stopped and let them pass. I loved the ride. The only sad thing was, that I was not able to fix my helmet camera and I could not film during the ride.
Anyway, I found the street of your property without any problems, however, I had a slight problems to find the property... I asked some people about
the address and... actually I was parked next to it. I took my cameras and my little Buddy with me and we went for a walk. It was a bit funny –
my motorbike leather was probably more useful on my walk through your property than it was on the bike ;) The elderly men I asked about the address
and chatted a bit with made a comment that it could be risky to walk through the property because of snakes and other creatures living there, but they
also agreed that none of the creatures would have any chance to get through my leathers. So, with my little Buddy we walked up the hill, first through
weeds as tall as I am. I have not seen any snakes there, but probably millions of spiders of diverse colours and sizes and type some of which I have
not seen before. I organised some good sized stick, which helped me to fight my way through the plants and removing all the spider-webs out of my way
(I have to add that a machete would be much more useful there ;) After managing through the first part of the walk, the rest was much easier. It
was quite steep, but without the huge plants in the way the walk was much more enjoyable. The views are spectacular – I am afraid I have to admit
that they are even better than on my property (though not quite sure as I have over 300 degrees view)... We made it to the top and to the fence
there – I was wondering how the fence was build there on such a steep hill... On the way back we had a lunch – couple of nut-bars (do not worry
we did not leave any rubbish on your land, took all back with me. Ah, except one thing - I lost lens cap from my fish-eye lens... Should you find
it, you know how it got there ;) The lunch on the hill there admiring the views was thousand times better than lunch in any coffee shop. On the way
back we walk to the east – until we got to the fence again. The scenery there and the walk reminded me on the mountains where I came from. Very
often we walked through the mountains with my parents, or later I was walking on my own and I loved it. So somehow today it felt a bit similar –
simply lovely. After over an hour and half of fighting my way through the jungle I was getting a bit tired – especially as I run out of water and
it was really hot (especially wearing leather and casual clothes underneath). I was very excited when I could see some flat land through the bushes.
The disappointment came when I hit the fence... The nice flat land belongs to a different property... I fought my way a bit longer, somehow got a bit
lost – I mean I knew which direction I have to go (it is easy using the sun as an advisor), but the bushes were so thick, that I was not sure if I
will ever get out of there – but as you can see somehow I made it back to my bike.
I rode to the nearest shop and bought two litres of some electrolyte drinks, one of which I drunk at once.
When I came back to Moore Park the roads were very wet. George told me that they got here heavy showers – I was lucky, escaped the bad weather again :)
I was really happy that I went for the ride by myself. Not only the ride was very pleasant, but all the walks as well – with George I could not go for any walks.
It might seem completely crazy, but I really enjoyed walking through the bush on your property.
And during my ride back I thought how much I miss the days of freedom, when I could travel as much as I wanted without any planning... I hope one day I will be able to do this again – moving from place to place and enjoy the moment. Does not matter if by a motorbike or a car or a push-bike...
George did not feel like doing anything together today in the evening so I went to the beach to admire the moon and so I did not feel lonely – I felt I was with you...
Lots of Wings,