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Long-Distance Walks with Mark Moxon

Hollyford-Pyke Route: Day 6: Taking a Break

Mark at the north end of Lake Alabaster
Arriving at the north end of Lake Alabaster after hours in the bush

The rest day is a long-honoured and essential tramping tradition. Back in the Pilbara, Scott and I spent a wonderful rest day on the George River, massaging ourselves in the fast-flowing rapids, and slowly getting our aching bodies back into shape for the return run. The rest day gives you time to reflect on where you are and how you got there; after all, tramping isn't so much a destination, as a journey – indeed, quite often the destination is the same car that you left from – and the rest day is when you can sit down and enjoy the complete solitude and total lack of the human world that you can only get by walking for miles into the wilderness.