Sunday I had been invited to appear on Ian McNamara’s Australia All Over radio show to talk about recovery from a broken leg and what it’s like to have surgery. I managed to drive and get up from the ABC carpark into the building on crutches. It’s a real therapy for me as I love radio broadcasting and Ian is such an enthusiastic personality. It was very uplifting to see him and his lovely producer, Lee Kelly – no relation – again. They have both been very good friends to me since I first spoke on Ian’s programme in 1999. If I had my life over, being a radio broadcaster would be at the top of the list of things I would love to have spent my life doing. Radio broadcasting and writing for a living are two things I wish Fate had allowed me to do.
John Williamson, the Australian folksinger came in just as I was leaving. I had never met him before but he is one of the best-known figures in Australian music. Anyway it was good therapy. My foot feels a bit better but I couldn’t walk on it yet. I have got seven days to come good and if there is a God he should show me some mercy and let me go. When I arrived home, there was an email from Barry Feyder to the group going on the Jatbula Track, asking them what time they would like to be picked up by the group taxi next Sunday. I said 6.40am would do me fine adding, tongue in cheek, that I would need a cab capable of carrying a wheelchair. He asked what type of wheelchair I was planning to take on the trip. One attached to a helicopter would be very useful.
I spent Sunday evening oiling my hiking boots, checking GPS, checking other gear that I’ll need on the walk, while also watching Game of Thrones. Am in a fair bit of pain. Cant’ believe I’ll be able to go but I’ve got to try and think positively. Trying not to get too despondent. It’s very comforting to oil and polish a pair of hiking boots. It’s so familiar. Done it times beyond counting.