The windscreen wipers worked overtime as C and I drove down the highway. I don’t think it helped with C’s nerves about the 96 km hike ahead of her. She asked lots of questions that I struggled to answer because, while I’ve done two similar 100km walking events before, everyone’s experience and needs will be different.
The event registration was a mud bath, thanks to a week of heavy rainfall. But it didn’t matter because the team had to stand in line to register for well over an hour. In fact, despite joining the registration queue at 5:45am, they still missed their 7:15am start (as did other teams). Not that those few minutes will make a difference after 36+ hours.
After sending the Chalkies on their way I casually repacked the ute. The walkers’ last minute grabs took up a lot of extra space. But I rather carry it than have them go without. I tied the wheel barrow back on top of the camper, organised the cab and went to Springbrook National Park to check out some lookout to pass some time.
I was at CP4 early to get a good bit of real estate, which was scarce. I found a spot just 100m from the track and got comfortable for the long wait. I made sure everything was within arm’s reach for the walkers, put food on the stove in preparation for their arrival and waited.
Not that it was boring. I put on a pirate costume and cheered all the teams in. It was a heap of fun. I also helped some people push a bogged car out of some mud while the State Emergency Services crew just watched.
Five hours later my team arrived to find a pirate out on the course. The costume had the desired effect of causing laughter. The team were in good spirits. They are a long way back in the field but seem more relaxed than some teams so they will hopefully remain comfortable for the next leg from the 29km to 48km mark where I will next meet them around 11pm.
It’s been a fun day.