“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Day 267 – 26th January, Tuesday, Australia Day.

After watching the river swimmers set off from the wharf at Stockton, Liam and Carly took us on a tour of Stockton and Newcastle. Fighting the Australia Day traffic, we swam in the sea at Dixon Park, had a couple of drinks at The Brewery, where a band were playing and people were jumping off the wharf to cool down.We said goodbye to Liam and Carly mid afternoon as they headed back to Mudgee (about 4 hours inland) for work, and spent the afternoon chilling out round the pool and listening to the ‘2009 Hottest 100 Countdown’ on the Triple J radio station, which is fast becoming a religion for people on Australia Day.

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