Water sources were bare for the first 100km of the my Sunshine Coast Trail adventure. Sorry - I don't mean bare, I mean B.A.R.E., it's a technical hiking acronym that stands for “Babes, we Are Royally Effed.” This sign may as well say, “Ross...really...you chose dry season, in almost autumn, to walk for 11 days? Maybe you can drink rain droplets off the leaves and make it cute.” I can’t drink off leaves, what am I, a cartoon squirrel?!?! (Yes, I am).
The answer to this sign was my silence, and then the sign started spinning and turning into a waterfall full of glasses of iced tea, but that’s because I was so dehydrated my brain was going goofy. I’ve definitely ran out of water before on trail, in New Zealand I found a 5 dollar bill crumpled up on the dry creek so that slightly made up for it’s lack of water, but out here, it was days of dry creeks, no money, and walking up mountains with litres of water I couldn’t touch until just before previously mentioned delirium set in.
I spent my first night out here without water and walked 5 km the next day to the closest lake, and I remember none of the walk there, although it did make my the eventual lake water I drank taste so good. The last 4 days of the hike made up for it as solid rain turned the trail into a stream itself, and by the last day I was down to my last dry T-shirt and was drinking ten times more water than necessary as a very logical way to get rid of some of it from my surroundings.
All in all preparedness is key, which in my case is asking everyone I run into where the next creek is as I have not prepared myself at all for the trails geography. My maps, ironically, were destroyed by water and were also as it turns out, only for 1/4 of the trail. My advice for future hikers would be to google “hiking” and maybe even if you’re feeling totally crazy google “Sunshine Coast Trail”, two things that I could have started with myself.
Anyways now I get to eat off my couch and walk with dry socks to a tap that’s bursting to see me! What privilege! Thanks to the trail angels for these signs!