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Next fundraiser for Diabetes Qld

On Friday 17th March, I will be heading up to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and joining the participants for the Happy Feet Bushwalk. #HappyFeetBushwalk

The event consists of a night walk to Glow Worm Gully a distance of about 4 km. On the Saturday the participants will walk the 10.89 km of the Box Forest Circuit.

Sunday is a day to recover and head home.

I am hoping that some members from the affiliated cubs of Bushwalking Queensland Inc. can come up on the Saturday and be leaders, so we can have the group size minimised to not interfere with the general public.

I am also looking for donations, just go to my everyday hero site and pay online by various methods.

Group Pic
Border Track Trek 2016 participants

First real bushwalk for the year

Went into Diana’s Bath in the D’Aguilar National Park and it was the first club bushwalk for 2017.

The day was hot and for some the swim was refreshing. Looking at the water, though, I was hesitant as I have had previous bad reactions to swimming in brackish water. There were fish swimming in the waterhole, but not convincing enough for me to go in!

Anyway it was a great day with great company especially #walkaboutbear.

My mind was thinking of next weekend the #happyfeetbushwalk at Lamington National Park and hoping all was well.

At home, got the mower started with Andy’s help and the proceeded to mow the lawn,. After about five minutes the mower ran fast before conking out. It did this last year. After much cord pulling and adjusting the throttle, it started again, but a short time later stopped. Got a third of the back yard mowed.

And that was it. Sue then came home from shopping and she was distraught.

3 hours to do shopping.

Her mind wanders and she can’t focus. She appears to becoming OCD.  Gawd! How do I help!

After a while she decided to go to the waterfront with a friend. Hope all is OK!

 

It has been a while – part 3

So during this time, I battled with a liver infection, moving to a new home and now for other things that occurred.

Work moved

While away from work, my place of employment changed to a new address. I was getting apprehensive about going back to work as I needed to research its location, public transport accessibility, which roads had been closed around it, how do I obtain my security pass, among others.

I also thought I remembered what floor I was going to be on but not sure of that.

As the New Year came and went, it was time to settle my nerves as much as possible and I headed off to work. I decided to catch the bus, which was just around the corner from the new home…A BIG TICK…, and take it to Rothwell station. From there take the train to Roma Street, change trains to the lines going through South Bank then walk from South Bank, over the Goodwill Bridge and follow the bike path along the Brisbane River to work.

Upon arriving at work, I found my ID card and approached the concierge and inquired about my access card. After looking through boxes of Access Cards and not being able to find it, my heart sank. Great! Another security guard then informed me to get a temporary access card as my office’s Corporate Services had the cards associated with the area in which I worked.

Being issued with the temporary card, I made my way to my floor, via the indicated lift which took me to my floor. Upon arrival, I found my workstation and orientated myself. I sent an email to corporate services and then collected my access card. I waa then taken on a tour of the building, to see where certain rooms, printers, etc. are located, plus to ensure I had access to all required floors, including level 41 the top of the building, where large conference rooms are located, and the lower ground floor with the showers, change rooms and lockers.

Once the tour was over, I then checked the access to the software had not changed, plus get access to websites, that had expired. I then settled in to see what work was to be done.

 

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It has been a while – part 2

Part 2: Finding a new residence

Upon getting the notice, we went and visited a real estate agent we knew and asked if they had any places for rent. There was a place coming onto the rental market as soon as the current tenants were evicted and the landlord effected repairs to the house. Made application anyway and waited for the approval.

This was expected to happen in late November.

I contacted my current property agent and advised them of the situation. Just a couple of days later, the property manager of our current residence contacted me and advised that due to the expected time of vacating the property, the owner was going to start renovations early.

The date for vacating had been moved to 06/12/2016.

Went to the property manager of the new house and advised of the change in circumstance with our current residence. The advice received was that there were still repairs to be made but the property will be available in late November. Great, looks like we will have to clean and move within a short space of time.

Off to Bunnings we went and purchased moving boxes, tape, fragile stickers and permanent markers. Also bought sugar soap, cleaning cloths, new vacuum cleaner and spare bags, and a large bucket.

So over the ensuing weeks, packed and cleaned and rested as much as possible due to my liver infection recovery.

Every week, went to the real estate of the new house to get updates and every week was the same story. Repairs are ongoing! Report to the other property manager of these updates.  We managed to secure the property by paying two weeks rent as a deposit, and signed the lease with the commence date left open till move day.

This continued until 13/12/2016, when we were finally advised in the mid-afternoon that we could move in. We went and signed and received the paperwork and the keys and then went to the house, filled out the condition report, and then started the move. I also rang around to find a removalist, all to no avail. Will revisit in the morning. The property of manager was informed of our move and she advised that the contractors to begin renovation would be there about 4.00am Wednesday.

The first things moved were the boxes to make room to do further packing and cleaning. We moved and further packed till about 10.00pm, when tiredness overtook us and thought as it was hot that an early start would be on the cards.

The next morning started at 4.00am and loaded up the car. About 7.00am began the first move. As the moves were done the larger items were being left so after a run to the tip, went and rented a trailer. Obtained a large caged trailer and started the move of the large items – cupboards, and furniture.

My brother-in-law arrived to give a hand and just grabbed items to put in his car and took them to the new house. Our organisation for the move was falling apart.

All the while, my wife placed a call on Gumtree for a removalist and as a result one was fount move the fridge, washing machine, 2 x dryers, and lounge suite. We would be contacted when he would arrive to start that removal.

As each room was emptied, and the items from that room placed in the equivalent room in the new house, the final clean was done. And soon it went, until the place had been cleaned out, cleaned up and we could clear out at 1.00am.

Unfortunately, the two sheds in the back yard and the caravan would be moved at a later date.

Went to the new home and crashed.

Next day, went back to the old house and found the owners there. I spoke them about the situation and that would endeavour to remove the sheds and caravan as soon as possible. Given the OK, I went to the backyard and proceeded to empty the sheds. Luckily the new house had a large shed to accommodate the gear from these sheds.

After emptying the sheds, I managed to move the small shed intact. This shed will go to the new house. So I walked it down the side of the old house, down the hill and onto the trailer. Then the shed was walked down the side of the new house and placed in the backyard to find a home for it at a later date.

Then over the next few days, the large shed was demolished and taken to the tip.

On the 27th December, 2016, the caravan was finally moved to the new abode. That saga was over. The new year came with a major de-stress. I was due back at work the first Monday of 2017!

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It has been a while

Due to my health issues, sudden requirement to move house, and my wife’s depression it has been a while since my last post. So what has happened – a story in three parts:

Part 1: Recovery from a liver infection

It has been a while since my last blog. This has been due to being very unwell over the last few months.

Prior to September 2016, I was having bouts of headaches, dizziness, sneezing, coughing and severe aching right across the top of my chest. These bouts would last a couple of days then disappear for a few weeks before returning.

However in September, it all came to a head, when I was out bushwalking in Springbrook National Park, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The walk was a 17km walk, which I had done many times.

departing from home, although I was feeling a little ill, I thought a bushwalk always does me good, so why not go and enjoy the day. As well as my usual pack of food, water, glucose test meter, barley sugars and fruit, I also packed some new on the market Nuromol, a combination of paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Once the walk was started, I felt fairly lethargic and foggy, but as the walk progressed, I came out of that fogginess, and improved. However by lunchtime, I was returning to the feeling I had earlier. This is not normal. As the day wore on, I was getting worse, and fatigued greatly. I pushed on as I didn’t want to cause to much grief for the rest of the group, and made it out safely. After the walk, went and had soft drink and a cake, found my blood glucose was low but above the 3.9 mmol/l limit at 4.1. This alleviated my condition, but was only a temporary improvement.

On the way home, (luckily I was driven by a friend), I made a decision to make inquiries about my health. I decided I would contact Qld Health on their 13HEALTH phone number and discuss my next move.

Upon contacting 13HEALTH and describing my symptoms, an ambulance was called and I was transported to Redcliffe Hospital.

MRSA – Golden Staphylococcus?

In Redcliffe Hospital, I was assessed and given blood tests. I was taken to the isolation ward and placed into a room. Every so often different medical personnel visited me dressed in plastic garb covering their body. What have I got?? As the night progressed, and more tests, I was finally released with the diagnosis of it is not MRSA. My symptoms had also faded. As it was very late at night I gained a medical certificate for the next day off and decided to go get some sleep and then see how I was the next day.

Mosquito-borne infection?

The next day I was still suffering from the same symptoms. I made an appointment to see my regular GP. When the time for the appointment arrived I went and laid out all the symptoms to my doctor. The doctor then got me to lay down and upon poking and prodding at my abdomen found my liver to be tender. So, based on my recent movements in the Great Ocean Walk in Victoria, the doctor said it looks like a mosquito-borne virus. So off to get a blood test for Ross River Virus; Barmah Forest Virus; Hepatitis A, B & C virus group; Chikungunya Virus; Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR); C-reactive protein (CRP); bilirubin; and blood count.

I went home and fell asleep and I slept for hours. I awoke for hunger, dealt with it and went back to sleep. I then needed to go to the toilet and the urine was brown. This is not good! Will check next toilet trip and if the same, the doctor will be contacted. For that week, I had that much sleep I could not remember much of the week.

I went back to the doctor a week later for the results of the test. And interesting results they were:
Ross River Virus – immune
Barmah Forest Virus – immune
Hepatitis A, B & C – immune
Chikungunyah Virus – no immunity and not present
ESR – elevated indicating inflammation
CSP – elevated indicating inflammation
Bilirubin – very high – I should be jaundiced!
Blood count – anaemic

Liver function was found to be 20%.

So the result was unknown infection of the liver. Treatment required alcohol abstinence, rest and Nurofen.

Two weeks later I had another blood test and apart from the monitoring of ESR and CSP, I was also tested for brucellosis, mad cow disease and other agricultural type diseases. These also proved negative.

Every two weeks it was the same thing. New round of blood tests to check ESR and CRP and to investigate other viruses that attack the liver. Each result was the same.

After about a month the liver showed signs of recovery but was a slow recovery. The recovery took until just before Christmas as it was exacerbated in early November with the news that my family and I had to find a new place to live, and had two months to vacate, as the owner was going to renovate the property after Christmas. The end result was that it was likely a lesser prevalent form of Hepatitis like Hep-E or Hep-H or one of the other letters of the alphabet.

Since then I have never felt better. I have not had the symptoms which had recurred every few months leading up to this serious bout, so I think that is it!

Part 2: Finding a new residence

First bushwalk – Sunday Creek Fire Tower Site and on

At 6.00 am I was put into the backpack, put in the car and driven to Jimna. The intersection of the Kilcoy-Murgon Road and Sunday Creek Road, to be exact.

After siting there for a while and Gavin changing his shoes for boots, the others arrived – Keith, Jan, Judy and Andy and then we drove down Sunday Creek Road to the intersection with Buffalo Road (451910 7046150). The cars were parked here and we set off up the hill on Buffalo Road. Buffalo Road undulates before descending to cross Buffalo Gully and the ascending to Middle Road after 2km.

Turn right on Middle Road and then after about 300m take the old road to the left (451900 7044600). Follow this road for 1 km as it ascends to the site of the Sunday Creek Fire Tower.

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Return to Middle Road and then turn left to continue along Middle Road. Continue along Middle Road and after about 2km crosses Sunday Creek. Ascend a short distance and turn right down Plank Bridge Road (4150950 7043500) and descend to Six Mile Creek. At this crossing are the remnants of the Plank Bridge.

Return to Middle Road and turn right to continue on towards Bellthorpe Road. After about 1 km Cockalorum Creek Road goes off to the left (451500 7043050). Veer right on Middle Road and descend to cross Six Mile Creek and follow for about 3 km. Turn right onto Bellthorpe Road and walk for about 500 metres to the vicinity of the bora ring (452300 7040900).

Return to the junction with Middle Road, but continue past this junction and the next Middle Road junction (large Y-junction) on Bellthorpe Road for about 3km to a track leading off to the left (name unknown). Follow this track for a short distance as it gradually descends to Six Mile Creek and ascends to Cockalorum Creek Road, about 2.5 km and a T-junction. Turn right onto Cockalorum Creek Road (4153200 7043200) and follow for about 500m to a disused road and turn left. This becomes the Constance Fire Management Trail and become a narrow track following the benched road. The track descends to Sunday Creek, where the bridge has been removed but trail and bicycle tracks show the creek crossing. Ascend the other side and then the track descends to another creek where this bridge has also been removed. Drop not the creek and walk to the right to a track from the creek to regain the road. From here the track opens up as it nears Middle Road (7052600 444700). At Middle Road turn left and follow Middle Road to the junction with Buffalo Road, about 400 metres.

Follow Buffalo Road back to the cars at Sunday Creek Road.

Total distance walked: 21 km

Total time: 7:45 hours.

Introducing Walkabout Bear

Hello everyone…I am Gavin’s new acquisition which has replaced #GavinsWaterBottle.

I am cute and cuddly and wear a hat and enjoy bushwalks, tramps, treks, walks, and any other term for putting a backpack on and walking for a couple or even a few hours in the great outdoors.

I am called Walkabout Bear (#walkaboutbear)

Look out for me on posts to Gavin Dale’s blog and Glasshouse Bushwalkers Blog.

Diana’s Bath – finally made it!

Long history of trying

After 5 attempts to reach Diana’s Bath in what I think is the easiest way to get there, it was finally reached. What happened?

Attempt 1

Planned to follow the way most other clubs follow by descending from Mount Byron. By the time Mount Byron was reached there was no time to descend to Diana’s Bath.

Attempt 2

This day was cancelled due to heavy rainfall.

Attempt 3

Wet again!

Attempt 4

After having a good look decided to follow the horse trail from Mount Brisbane Road, via Dayboro across to Byron Creek and then follow Byron Creek downstream to Diana’s Bath. The return would be back to the car park and then follow Diana’s Bath Road and Byron Creek Road to Range Road and Chambers Road to the car.

The day came and – another wet day!! Can’t miss a trick. The planed route is on clay so any rainfall is not ideal. So for safety, tail between the legs and up to Mount Mee for a safer walk.

Attempt 5

This time the weather was perfect. Nice sunny day and a bit warm. What a chance to finally get there. So after meeting at the Dayboro Cemetery it was drive to the junction of Byron Creek Road, Range Road and the horse trail. The horse trail was followed as it descended a ridge down to Byron Creek. Some parts of this descent were fairly steep on gravelly surface, which had been disturbed by trail bikes. Once at the bottom a sign to Byron Creek Road and Diana’s Bath Road was encountered, so it was straight ahead.

At the next intersection, a left turn was taken. Andy and I had already followed the track on a previous reconnaissance to the right and finished up back on Range Road.

From here the track ascended to A Break, the highest point on the walk. Even though this was a bigger ascent the track was not as steep as what we had descended. Upon reaching A Break, a break was taken to catch our breath. We actually stopped for morning tea where we thought the climb had ended, but there was one pinch more!

Anyway from A Break, the horse trail was followed as it descended steeply down to Byron Creek (yes, Byron Creek again!). Once Byron Creek was reached a bit of meandering along the creek in amongst lantana before reaching the end of the horse trail.

Turning right at the creek, a part track was followed along the creek till a large cliff stopped our progress. Andy scaled a large boulder and managed to gain a way along the creek, the rest retreated back up he creek to a crossing and across the other side, found a well worn track. This track was followed to Diana’s Bath.

Diana’s Bath is a large waterhole which is about the size of two olympic swimming pools. There is a large slab of rock on the northern side which drops deeply into the pool. A truly wondrous place! After lunch and a swim, it was time to head back, this time choosing the formed foot track.

This foot track soon returned to the creek and although the creek crossing was obvious, the other side was overgrown in lantana. Oh well another bush bash and in clear land past the lantana came across a road. The road was followed to the south to a gate, then crossed the creek and passed onto open land. The road appeared to be going in the wrong direction. Oh well it’s better than fighting lantana. After a while a gate was met with the Power Station notice on it. No access to this land!

A check of the map and we had taken the wrong creek, having found where we should be, followed a path along the creek to cross it, but the steep bank was unrelenting, with lantana being a barrier. There is one way to deal with this jump onto the lantana and break through. Once through, and the creek gained, a road along the creek was found and followed. This track gradually ascended, and lo and behold! the Diana’s Bath Car Park. A break was taken and then it was a walk up the hill on Diana’s Bath Road as the road ascended to the junction with A Break. The road then descended to its junction with Byron Creek Road and a left turn taken. A short distance was a creek crossing which made for a lovely stop.

Form the the walk ascended Byron Creek Road to the junction with Range Road and the vehicles.

What a great day! Pity some other members could not attend to bathe in the glory!