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Day 74

Posted by on March 13, 2024

Start:  Surfers Paradise

Finish:  Coomera Station

Distance:  17

Total:  1173

I left Surfers Paradise this morning under clear, blue skies and high humidity. Despite the thick air, it was a good day for walking. 

I headed out the door at 8:30 with a goal of reaching my destination, the Coomera train station 17 miles away in time to catch the 3:00 train to Brisbane. I stopped for breakfast at a McDonalds about an hour down the road from my motel and I was full of energy after that. I had sidewalks for most of the day and I walked past two large water parks and two large theme parks along my route. Even though it’s summertime here, school is in session and the parks were not crowded at all. 

When I had about two hours left to walk to the train station I decided to stop and get some lunch. At that point I could spend about 45 minutes eating and still make it on time to catch the train. As I was wrapping up things at the Chinese restaurant, the couple at the table next to mine inquired about where I was walking to, and before you know it, I was in serious danger of missing my train. I ended up making it with three minutes to spare. 

The train ride took an hour to reach the Central station in downtown Brisbane. My hotel is a few blocks from the station and will be my resting place for the next three nights. Tomorrow I’ll take the train back out to Coomera Station and walk to Loganlea Station. That’s a 20 mile day. Then on Friday I’ll walk the last 18 miles from Loganlea to downtown Brisbane.  

So that’s the plan. Two more days of walking and then I’ll be heading home. JB. 

Plenty of theme and water parks along my route today.

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