Have you ever trekked on sand and through brush for hours at a time, day after day, under the scorching sun, while carrying a third of your body weight on your back, 10-13 hours a day on the track, camping each night, and doing it completely alone in a foreign country? You're racing the clock each day and if you don't pick up the pace, you'll be stuck without water and food because the towns are so far apart, and then you might really be in trouble. Do you know what it feels like to be truly alone, miles and miles away from the nearest human? No wifi or data, just you and your thoughts? Well, last week I decided, "What the hell? I'm always up for an adventure!" And off I went. They call it "Cape to Cape", a trek in Western Australia like none I've ever experienced. It kicked my ass every day, but by the end, I was victorious, stumbling to the finish, dehydrated, ravenous, exhausted, sunburned, blistered, body feeling broken, ready to cry from physical pain, mental exhaustion and utter disbelief at having actually done it all on my own, a grueling 7 day trek in 5 days. It was the most challenging trek I've ever done. My previous treks, especially those in Nepal and India, were tough, but this time I was alone and cracking the whip hard, pushing myself past what I thought was possible. The sights were absolutely stunning. The elderly couple who took me in on the second night and gave me food and a bed were beyond beautiful. The Scottish man who saw me hobble to the finish looking like hell, who let me hitch a ride with him into the next town, was a life saver. I will never forget how truly insane this was, but also how blissfully liberating.
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