Saturday, May 02, 2009

Last night, I had a sudden insane urge to go on an adventure, so I suggested to the Resident Bureaucrat that we make a trek to the treetop walk at Macritchie today. We pored over the map of the trail on Nparks' website and saw that it was listed as a moderate to heavy trail and that it would take 3-4 hours to complete.

The thought of going on a 3-4 hour trek horrified me, but on the other hand, I didn't believe a trail could take this long to complete. Hell, it's only 7km right? And what did they mean by a "moderate to heavy trail"? Whose fitness level did they base that on? Surely not mine, I exercise you know.

But of course, dear reader, you know what's coming when I make statements like these.

After stumbling over rocky pathways, tedious upslopes and past snarling monkeys under the hot, relentless sun, we finally reached the treetop walk, the very short 250m-long treetop walk, which really consists of a bridge that goes over the treetops. Whee. Excites. I know I'm going to get bashed up by botany lovers out there, but I realised that trees don't turn me on after all. (I don't even have a picture of the treetop walk because it was too boring to be photographed.)

And then, when I realised that the treetop walk was right at the midpoint, and that we had another long trek back to civilisation, I plopped down on a bench, immobilised by fatigue. I then suggested that the Resident Bureaucrat arrange for a ranger rescue to maybe airlift me out of there. He thought it would be easier just to leave me for dead.

But eventually, he coaxed me out of the jungle trail by planting the thought of a hot fudge sundae at McDonald's in my mind.

As I straggled out at the entrance (I would have crawled out, but the rock-strewn pathway would have grazed my knees), we ran into an angmoh couple, who stopped us and asked: "Excuse me, how far to the treetop walk? Is it 1o minutes?"

I laughed bitterly and said: "One and a half hours there and one and a half hours back."

Yes, I feel it is my moral obligation as a survivor to help warn other people of the long road ahead.

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