So... It WAS hot. Wow. We got started early from Binna Burra, and travelled well for 14km, stopping at Joallah once for a quick snap. By the time we got to around 1100m the sun was high and the temp was into the low 30's already. My mate had been ill, and was still trying to recover from a chest infection, so we took stock, and, given that the plan was to go through to O'Rielly's, camp and come back the next day,we weighed up the risks and decided to turn around. Good thing too, the temps the next day were even higher, and by the time we arrived back at Binna Burra, my buddy was starting to show signs of heat exhaustion.
On the way back to the car though, we stopped at the track junction about 4k out from Binna Burra, and up walks this old chap and his daughter, through from O'Rielly's that morning. Day packs, just punching along... we got talking as you do, turns out he was in training for the Camino, he's 83. If that isnt enough, this will be the third time he's done that trek. What a guy, down to earth and calves like hydraulic rams. His name is Eric Thorne, and he's doing the pilgrimage this time to raise funds for a rare children's disease that unfortunately took the life of one of his grandkids. There's a facebook page, look him up.
Here's a photo of Eric and I, I'm the younger one... the one thats bathed in sweat, looking shagged next to an 83 yr old whos just done the same distance I have...
Good on you Eric, Just added the Camino to my list.
- Eric and JP. I Hope im still punchin like that when I'm 82
It's all the same to me where i begin, for to there I shall return...