2. The hill does not end right around that next corner– but it is helpful to believe it does.
2. Merino Wool does get stinky. Thankfully, however it does not hold the stink.
4. Headwind sucks.
5. No matter how long the hill looks, it’ll feel longer– but you can do it. Eventually you’ll be up it and the road will flatten out. There may even be a little downhill to enjoy.
7. Sometimes the pub at the end of the road will have burned down. In August. The cold pint that has motivated you up the last ten hills won’t be there. Also, you won’t be able to camp in their camping area, next nearest one is 15 km back the way you just came.
8. You will meet really nice people. Who will point out a great secret camp site very close to where you are. 8 minute walk away you say? Easy…. nope… we are not there yet- how fast does this lady walk!? 15 mins later.
9. Secret camp sites are the best. Don’t doubt the person who said 8 minute walk. In the morning with fresh legs it actually is really close.
10. It’s worth it. Every bit of sore muscle and discomfort is worth it. To listen to the frogs croaking in the ditch alongside the road, the sounds of birds wings flapping past. The feeling of freedom to stop to look at that cool rock. The power of knowing you made it. A little taste that makes it hard to get back into your car.