Although I live just one kilometre from the edge of the Adelaide CBD, I’m also close to the sprawling parklands and remnants of native vegetation.
Adelaide is ringed by parks in accordance with Colonel Light’s vision. On my side of the city I’m more inclined to call them wastelands than parklands, but they do offer space to get away from the hustle and bustle.
Today I walked the trail which runs parallel with the railway line at the back of Adelaide High School. It goes from Henley Beach Road to Sir Donald Bradman Drive, then crosses into West Terrace Cemetery. There is a small open space before the cemetery, which appears dedicated to Aborigines through naming and modern rock art.
The cemetery is an interesting place, and I won’t describe its history here, except to say the AIF section was the first of its kind to be established in Australia.
Returned servicemen from the First World War are buried there in the same style as a military burial ground. It’s haunting and cause for reflection.
The walk of several kilometres had me nudging 10,000 steps for the day by the time I returned. I’m currently using a pedometer supplied by work as part of the 10,000 Steps Australia challenge.
If I walk to work and back, which I do most days, I finish up with about 9000 steps, and take a brief stroll after dinner to nudge the milestone.
It’s harder on weekends to cover the distance, but today was no problem thanks to the enjoyable and interesting parklands walk.