Sydney side

Ruth “pulled up a little lame” while in Adelaide and we were beginning to think that it was maybe a sign that it was time to quit. She could barely walk last Saturday but a bit of strapping, a couple of rest days and some “true grit”, she has carved off over 40km of walking around Sydney in the last three days and can now hobble so fast that I have had to tell her to slow down a couple of times.

An injured foot was no barrier to Ruth, she carved up the km and kept herself amused while I was catching up.

We have really enjoyed our few weeks in Australia and decided that arriving from Asia rather than New Zealand was a good approach, it made us appreciate the country a lot more than we normally do when arriving direct from New Zealand.

We have enjoyed the ability to get “off the beaten track” in Sydney. Heading for North Head while on a walk from Manly.

The weather has been very patchy, dry but quite cool, even here in Sydney. We seem to get one hot day which is then followed by three or four cool days. It is good walking weather though and we have been able to cover a lot of ground, something we could not do in the heat in Asia.

Each beach had a Surf Life Saving Club, the Tamarama club rooms were iconic and overlooked another amazing beach

Apart from all the usual haunts down harbour side, we have had some nice coastal walks on the North Shore and, today, a very spectacular walk along the Eastern beaches from Coogee to Bondi.

Each bay also had a salt water pool sited to catch the surf break which seemed to be how the water was circulatyed.

Our airbnb is a loft above the hosts car garage. It is very comfortable and cosy and above all, great value for money. It is close to the railway station which means only a short trip to either the airport or the city.

We have always found the antics of people to be as amazing as the views. This walk was no exception, in the middle left the dot in the pounding surf is a man either attempting to;have a swim, or end his life, we were not sure which but both were highly probable.

Tomorrow we are off to search for a café with a great location and have a long slow lunch to celebrate / commiserate (both are applicable) the last day of our trip.

It has been an adventure beyond all expectations. Rather than being too long we have felt that we could have kept on traveling for another six months. However, Australia is similar to New Zealand in so many ways and we have suddenly missed home a little more and are probably ready for our return and whatever that may bring.

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