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This morning I decided to go on some hikes by myself. I have been doing some relatively short walks during y South Coast trip. I’m currently in North Durras and there was a hike that appealed to me. It was a hike from Pebbly Beach to Durras Mountain Summit. I got there about 9:30 this morning and saw that it was about 4 kilometres one way. An 8 kilometre return walk for me. Easy-peasy. Nothing to it.

So off I went, hiking backpack and all. It seemed like a relatively well-marked track and there was little chance of getting lost. I bumped into a couple of kangaroos on the way and well, enjoyed the sounds of the beach on one side and the birds among the bush. Slowly and steadily, the track headed more and more into the bush. I was tracking my walk on my phone and about 1.5 kilometres in, it got very quiet. And then as I looked behind me through the bush, I saw someone. A man in red board shorts. He seemed to be walking on his own. Not hiking. Walking. Because he didn’t have any backpack or water.

That’s about when my mind went a bit crazy. Paranoid.

I began having thoughts about being murdered in the bush. Or being raped. Or both. At some subconscious level, I increased my pace. Only to realise that just like in the horror movies, if he was in fact following me from a distance of 500-800 metres away, I was headed to the top of a mountain with no way out! {Do you ever wonder why they always rush upstairs in horror movies when a murderer is chasing them? Yeah…I never got that!} I started creating scenarios in my head of what I would say to him if he did catch up with me. “My friends are way quicker than I am…”, “My partner is a few hundred metres ahead…”, “Boy this walk is exhausting…you go on ahead, I need a break here!” And so on…

I kept going until there was a spot where the path broke into two. One to the summit which I intended to go. And the other to Snake Bay. I chose the summit hoping he wouldn’t. At about 2.5 kilometres, the summit walk seemed to be getting more and more bushy and forest-y. And I still didn’t know if Mr Red Boardies was behind me. I turned around and waited. Seeing no sign of him. That’s when I decided.

Screw the mountain summit. I’m out of here. He’d obviously gone the other way. And I rushed back. I don’t think I have ever hiked faster. In fact, I finished a 5 kilometre walk in less than an hour. I was sweaty and hot but didn’t want to stop to take off my jumper. I just kept going until I reached the car park. Where there was human civilisation.

Now in the safe haven of my cabin porch, I’m pretty certain Mr Red Boardies was harmless. But out there in the bush, I wasn’t willing to take a risk. I have to laugh at my paranoia. And really need to make sure I don’t watch SVU or read thrillers as much anymore!

But apart from that, I doubt I’m going to be doing too many solo hikes in the bush. Solo road trips and solo hikes on the beach are fine. But not the bush for now.

What about you? Have you ever hiked alone in the bush?

Does your brain go mental like mine in such situations?

Do share!!

***Linking with the lovely Emily for this week’s Laugh Linkup and Alicia for Open Slather***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • simple girl
    26 May 2014 at 11:38 am

    whoa.. that was scary .. I will probably never go for a solo hike.. You have a lot of courage …
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  • simple girl
    26 May 2014 at 11:38 am

    whoa.. that was scary .. I will probably never go for a solo hike.. You have a lot of courage …
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  • R's Mom
    26 May 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Jeez! That was scary…whether you were paranoid or not..its better to be safe no?

  • R's Mom
    26 May 2014 at 3:38 pm

    Jeez! That was scary…whether you were paranoid or not..its better to be safe no?

  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    26 May 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Isn’t it crazy how our brains can take over and imagine all sorts of scary scenarios, I’ve been in a similar situation, at night walking home from the train in Sydney, best to just run on I say! And I bet you were knackered finishing your leisurely walk in such a short amount of time! Thanks for linking, xx
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  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    26 May 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Isn’t it crazy how our brains can take over and imagine all sorts of scary scenarios, I’ve been in a similar situation, at night walking home from the train in Sydney, best to just run on I say! And I bet you were knackered finishing your leisurely walk in such a short amount of time! Thanks for linking, xx
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  • Pinky Poinker
    26 May 2014 at 6:32 pm

    If your instinct was telling you there was a threat then you did the right thing, He probably was harmless but why take the risk. This is why I take my massive wolfie German Shepherd on walks with me 🙂
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  • Pinky Poinker
    26 May 2014 at 6:32 pm

    If your instinct was telling you there was a threat then you did the right thing, He probably was harmless but why take the risk. This is why I take my massive wolfie German Shepherd on walks with me 🙂
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  • Ness
    26 May 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I’m glad everything turned out OK. I probably would never go on a solo hike in the first place so you’re a brave girl.
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  • Ness
    26 May 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I’m glad everything turned out OK. I probably would never go on a solo hike in the first place so you’re a brave girl.
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  • Renee Wilson
    26 May 2014 at 8:52 pm

    No, no, no. I would never go walking alone in the bush. I’m way too much of a scaredy cat for that and way too paranoid!! 🙂 Glad you didn’t run into Mr Red Boardies.
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  • Renee Wilson
    26 May 2014 at 8:52 pm

    No, no, no. I would never go walking alone in the bush. I’m way too much of a scaredy cat for that and way too paranoid!! 🙂 Glad you didn’t run into Mr Red Boardies.
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  • Zita
    26 May 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I would have been having exactly the same thoughts!!! Sometimes I think I need to stop watching so much Criminal Minds!!!
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  • Zita
    26 May 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I would have been having exactly the same thoughts!!! Sometimes I think I need to stop watching so much Criminal Minds!!!
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  • Alicia
    26 May 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I recently went for a long drive to drop off friends. I was alone. On the way back I noticed a camera and nature walk opportunity and pulled over for a look. I started off on a path to see Christmas Rocks. The path was narrow and in bush. I had inappropriate footwear on and was so paranoid of snakes, I ended up turning back. I then changed my mind, I thought I’m here, live in the now and go see it. I walked another five metres and then turned back again. I had a bad feeling and went straight back to the car, fast! It will have to wait til another day.
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  • Alicia
    26 May 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I recently went for a long drive to drop off friends. I was alone. On the way back I noticed a camera and nature walk opportunity and pulled over for a look. I started off on a path to see Christmas Rocks. The path was narrow and in bush. I had inappropriate footwear on and was so paranoid of snakes, I ended up turning back. I then changed my mind, I thought I’m here, live in the now and go see it. I walked another five metres and then turned back again. I had a bad feeling and went straight back to the car, fast! It will have to wait til another day.
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  • floodproofmum
    27 May 2014 at 11:23 am

    I used to do it all the time…now I am not so sure, I have had those thoughts too. It always happens on TV 🙂
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  • floodproofmum
    27 May 2014 at 11:23 am

    I used to do it all the time…now I am not so sure, I have had those thoughts too. It always happens on TV 🙂
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  • Archana
    28 May 2014 at 12:47 am

    Never would venture out, not yet anyway… not even on road trips or beach… but yes, the kind of thoughts you described have been experienced…. most time… 🙂
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  • Archana
    28 May 2014 at 12:47 am

    Never would venture out, not yet anyway… not even on road trips or beach… but yes, the kind of thoughts you described have been experienced…. most time… 🙂
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  • ann
    28 May 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I have watched and read way too many scary books and movies!!
    The south coast has so many amazing spots to explore, lucky you to be out and about.
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  • ann
    28 May 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I have watched and read way too many scary books and movies!!
    The south coast has so many amazing spots to explore, lucky you to be out and about.
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  • Jhanis
    28 May 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Gawd, I have crazy thoughts like this too when I’m walking alone at night. I get so scared that sprint all the way to my destination all the time. And lets not start talking about basements…
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  • Jhanis
    28 May 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Gawd, I have crazy thoughts like this too when I’m walking alone at night. I get so scared that sprint all the way to my destination all the time. And lets not start talking about basements…
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