The second day of my mini break saw me setting out around 7am to walk to the highway. I know that seems lame but my relatives live at the end of a dead end road so walking through the bush or out to the highway is about it. Today I chose to walk out to the highway. It’s just over a 5km round trip and has a couple of rises so not a bad path for improving my fitness.
I decided to have a go at jogging. It didn’t work too well. My back was stiff – my sore knee objecting – pretty much everything about jogging caused something to object. This was a shame because the dirt road was soft and it would have been a nice road for a good run. It just wasn’t working. Although after the pictures of pockets of beauty I probably could have run quite well when I stumble across a very aggressive green tree snake.
Some call these Yellow belly black snakes and from the photo you can see why. But they are not – there is actually no such thing as a yellow belly black snake – they are green tree snakes with a really dark green top. Anyway this snake certainly got my heart racing.
My right calf was in agony – possibly because of the camber of the road meant that I had been walking with one foot tilted and lower than the other one. Thus I had decided to walk on the road verge beside a cane field for a while. I think I got between the snake and it’s meal (lots of little snake sized critters in the cane field). Regardless I was glad my camera had a good zoom so I didn’t have to get to close to the bugger. I spent the rest of the walk with eyes darting in every direction looking for hidden snakes.
I also solved the sore calf issue by walking up the centre of the dirt road on the return leg. Thank goodness for poorly travelled country roads. I also tried a jog along the short bitumen section but I just couldn’t convince my body to keep jogging. Damn mind and it’s negative thoughts. My speed was very slow compared to how it had been. I was unimpressed but I guess it was a day where things just weren’t going to gel.
Fastest split: 13 mins per km
Slowest split: 14.47 mins per km