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Lapsang Souchong and the plans so Cycle

Hello there,

don_preacher is due to arrive in Perth in a mere 25 days. Within me, along with my need to gaze upon his shining face, is a dread that I have been feeling for some time. Before I continue, let me take you back a few years....

The Don and I have long had a very outdoorsy relationship. We both love to get away from it all, to walk the wild lands beyond Perth's well protected borders. Little one, two and three night trips dominate my memories from 1999 to 2003, and I oft think back and reminisce of those times. Good times they were. Memories were made that will last a lifetime - memories that remain more vivid in my mind that many of the memories forged overseas.

It is not hard to identify a definitive trip in our collection vast collection of adventures. Yes - That would be our 3 night Esperance trip. Glorious it was - an Experience that has never been matched. In fact, that trip contained so many distinct moments, that we often gasp at the wonder that they all occurred within those few days. It was a fantastic trip.... (I just remembered how the immobiliser broke in Preacher's Sister's Car, when we were at the furthermost point of the trip - Cape Arid National Park. Great times in hindsight.. though a little uncomfortable at the time).

The Esperance trip had it all -

  • A little four-speed, four cylinder car with no radio.
  • Late night arrivals at camping spots (which made setting up camp much more fun)
  • Crazy stormy weather
  • A Climb up Nipple Mountain
  • A broken down car
  • Flesh eating flies
  • The whitest sand I've ever seen
  • The Clearest water I've ever seen
  • The flattest beach I've ever seen
  • A Pink Lake
  • A bay, moonlit beautifully at night
  • Getting lost, desperately trying to find a campsite
  • A trek, through think bush, among the oldest mountains in the world

    Preacher - please remind me of the other unforgettable moments of that trip.

    What was I walking about? Oh yes, Preacher is coming to Perth. Which means a trip down south to climb the mighty Toolbrunup Peak. I am filled joy at the prospect, and yet my heart is heavy with my current lethargic and fatty state.

    In light of haze mentioning that he has started 'preparing' himself for the trek, I have decided that the time is right for me to begin my physical improvement program! ...begin planing it, at least :P

    My plan is to ride my bike from Clarkson to Whitfords train station and catch the train from there, three times a week. That is my vision, and I will see it realised.

    This decision was made today... so, what is this Lapsang Souchong that is mentioned in the title of this post? I will explain.... I popped down to Woolies earlier, and came across Lapsang Souchong Tea for the first time. The name caught my attention, as did its description - A strong, golden tea with a very distinctive smoked character.

    I bought it, then brewed it, and was surprised by the fact that is certainly smelt very very smoky indeed. To be honest, I thought it smelt foul. I decided to check out the wikipedia page to clarify what I was supposed to be smelling... and clarify it did. I now LOVE this strange and disgusting tea.

    What makes this discovery so amazing is the fact that it is purported that this tea is well suited to outdoor enthusiasts, especially after intense physical activities like hiking, distance running, or rock-climbing. When I read that scripture I knew that my exercise plans are MENT to happen. Perhaps I'm reading too much into it (in fact, I know I am), but this discovery has still filled me with enthusiasm for the cause.

    In other news - Tracy has made me little mini-pizzas to enjoy once I get home from work today. As such, I shall leave now. It has been a rich, full day.

    Cheers

    Peter

    Comments

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    mr_lambi
    Aug. 7th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
    How did our group camping trips compare? I always liked them and wanted to do many more.
    aussiepoida
    Aug. 8th, 2007 01:31 am (UTC)
    As mentioned, the Esperance trip is the unrivalled definitive.

    I did enjoy our trip with my old XF Falcon and the trailer... I still don’t understand how we managed to fill that thing :-) That was a great three night trip, in which we discovered Warren National Park. Good times.
    haze
    Aug. 8th, 2007 01:17 am (UTC)
    After a night to dwell on the lapsang soushong, I now want some more. It's an odd tea but it is also very different to our usual offering at home. This makes it a welcome newcomer to my tastebuds :)
    aussiepoida
    Aug. 8th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
    Ah sir - I am pleased that the Lapsang magic has taken you... at least a little.

    As you say, it is a strange, very different tea. But therein lays its charm... its seduction. So smokey... I shall go get myself some shortly :-)
    don_preacher
    Aug. 8th, 2007 03:40 am (UTC)
    My Don
    I must have this magical tea of delicious wonderment
    Atop that peak we so love
    And I insist you do not drink deeply and oft of this tea, for otherwise it shall surely mean nothing when we drink of it together, atop that peak we so love
    And your words are sweet sweet music. I miss those days
    aussiepoida
    Aug. 8th, 2007 04:50 am (UTC)
    Shocking! Shocking are the bounds that you have put on me... I will not stop drinking its hiddious-deliciousness. But in response to your plea, I will limit its consumption to special occasions. I will thus return to the Lipton Herbal Infusions range to fuel my tea needs.

    Are you suggesting that we carry some manner of stove atop the tool, with witch to make hot tea after the strenuous trek? Crazy!
    don_preacher
    Aug. 8th, 2007 06:30 am (UTC)
    Your expression says much.
    I of course do not intend to prevent you from drinking your tea at all, to bind you to this fate, this one doom.
    I was merely suggesting special occasions, so the tea still means something in but 3 weeks time, when I will be there :)
    And I am suggesting that for our overland trip we will need a camping stove. So yes, I am suggesting we carry some manner of stove atop the tool, with which to make hot tea after the strenuous trek!
    Long have I desired this, this fate, this one doom.
    aussiepoida
    Aug. 8th, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)
    I drink tea oft and sternly... as such I will have to battle internally to stop myself from consuming this tea... this tea which smells almost like the flame of Udun!! ...and yet with the heart of the flame of Anor!!

    A trekking stove you say?.. Yes. We will do this! Perhaps I shall get the Jetboil camping Jet Boil cooking stove... perhaps.
    (Anonymous)
    Aug. 8th, 2007 07:09 am (UTC)
    This battle is your battle. It has been assigned to you. If you cannot do it, noone will.
    I will not be horrified if you drink deeply of this tea in the next three weeks. But I see great benefits in feasting on it together when we summit the tool :)

    And you delight me with your cooking stove. Perhaps I, too, shall purchase this. I shall consider these matters, and diminish, and come into the west

    Soon I shall commence looking into completing my purchases of appropriate camping gear for Our Adventure. Once the financial pain of NZ subsides. It will be a mission sung about in the halls of our ancestors, throughout the ages.
    don_preacher
    Aug. 8th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
    It occurs to me that you were delighted at the arrival of a tea for outdoors people just at the moment that you had decided to train for Our Adventure
    I have changed my mind - you should not be bound to this fate, this one doom, you should be allowed to train sexily, build up your man-legs for both the tool and Our Adventure, and feast on your newly found heaven-tea
    For the good of us all
    don_preacher
    Aug. 8th, 2007 07:09 am (UTC)
    This battle is your battle. It has been assigned to you. If you cannot do it, noone will.
    I will not be horrified if you drink deeply of this tea in the next three weeks. But I see great benefits in feasting on it together when we summit the tool :)

    And you delight me with your cooking stove. Perhaps I, too, shall purchase this. I shall consider these matters, and diminish, and come into the west

    Soon I shall commence looking into completing my purchases of appropriate camping gear for Our Adventure. Once the financial pain of NZ subsides. It will be a mission sung about in the halls of our ancestors, throughout the ages.
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