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"No one wants to read how I fucked my life up and the grim process of unfucking it." - Mishka Shubaly on writing Kindle Singles. He was wrong of course: I and tens of thousands of others have lapped up his mini-memoirs. And now, the full-length tell-all story - pictured here, but I listened to the audiobook. // Recounting sex, drinking, punk rock, failing at life and ultra marathon running, Mishka's gravelly self-deprecating voice brings his addiction memoir to life in a very unique style. It slays. // I listened at double speed, perfect for my speeding mind - just another reason to love audiobooks! ・・・
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Take me back to Tassie! This enchanted temperate rainforest was the backdrop for the first part of the hardest (and best) day of the #threecapestrack hike for me: 17kms of stair-based climbing and descending. Definitely worth it! More amazing photos from our adventure on @katelansell's feed. ・・・
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Today's dose of lushness brought to you by Tasmania.

Bird hide at the Western Treatment Plant. I love going bird watching with people who know what they are doing so jumped at the chance to go twitching with Michael and Harry, who literally have keys to Melbourne's famed birding mecca, the poo farm! It was amazing to see so many birds, but my highlights were: pelicans everywhere; four brolgas flying; a harrier with prey in its claws (a mangled swamp hen); weird ducks; and a Pacific gull, because they are just cool looking birds. Click over to @wheresthebeef_michael for brilliant bird pics! Also I can't talk about the Treatment Plant without mentioning this amazing essay by Fatima Measham at Meanjin:

Yep, watching the @indianpacificwheelrace has gotten me all NATSUKASHII for the Nullarbor! I rode across it solo in 2011, and the 1200km from Norseman to Ceduna took me 9 days (touring speed not racing speed for me!). The trip got off to a slow start, with All The Things Going Wrong - bike too fully loaded, illness, severe headwinds, a literal cyclone - and it took me FIVE DAYS to ride 500kms (slow, even for me). But then the winds shifted, literally, and I knocked off the last 700kms in four days, doing back-to-back double centuries along the way. It was the best and worst of rides: beautiful but boring; lovely flat riding tempered with brutal winds; and terrible traffic interrupting blissful periods of solitude. The starry night skies and desert sunrises made it all worth it, though once across is most definitely enough. #ipwr

Loving the pics & vids from the @indianpacificwheelrace!! I think the riders are about to hit the Nullarbor today & tomorrow. As someone who's done it, they're in for the best and worst ride of their life... I still have nightmares about the headwind I endured on the 90 Mile Straight, and dreams about the tail wind that pushed me into Eucla!

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Sarah Hammond the purple dot pushing hard into a brutal headwind! The Indian Pacific Wheel Race, Fremantle to Sydney. #IPWR

Big Walk to Golden Mountain: walking forwards clapping (wood); walking backwards (fire); walking backwards clapping (earth); all fours straight knees (metal); all fours bent knees (water). Loved learning the moves and philosophy of Chinese Walking Practice with @punctuminc as part of #asiatopa & #statefestival today. So fun to try something new in the middle of a big, up-for-it audience, and it was beyond wonderful to be out in the bush with @heley68.

Spent yesterday afternoon enjoying this view at Fortescue Bay. After 46kms of hiking we marched right on in to the ocean for the most glorious swim to soothe our legs (and wash off four days of accumulated grime!). The water was so clear we could see our feet. It's how I want to end all hikes forever now. Thanks to legends @katelansell @kate_oc_ & @lilforeverkitten for the hiking and lols (check their feeds for more beautiful pics!)

Also today: detoured to hike out to Cape Hauy - one of the best day walks I've ever done, basically just one big stone staircase leading down and up then down and up then down and up along the ever-narrowing cape, with stunning (and dizzying) views from the top. We got right out to the end point you can see in this pic. Not for the faint hearted!

Spectacular and exhausting 17 kms hiking for our fourth & final day. Over Mt Fortescue, through an enchanting temperate rain forest, and around the cape to Fortescue Bay. Excellent views back to the Blade pictured here (the Blade is the little bump at the far left).

Very eerie and magical to climb to Cape Pillar's "the Blade" today in deep cloud cover. We waited at the top for about 90 mins to see if the clouds would shift before heading up and though I believe the sunny-day views would be spectacular, I really loved the Blade in its moody misty state! Hiking in Tassie always a special experience. (Sound on!)

Perfect walking day today, undulating 11km walk w the sun shining. And a few brilliant vistas like this one along the way.

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