January 2, 2013
This update will explain why you may not have heard from me in a while.
It has been nearly 4 months since my colleagues and I finished the walk across the Simpson Desert, and as you all know it was a relatively straightforward journey, with all going according to plan. The total distance was a boot length under 700kms in 35 days, and one of the undoubted highlights was witnessing the boom cycle of the budgerigar population – sitting on a dune watching the liquid multitude of hundreds of thousands of tweeting green & yellow fluttering feathers was pure magnificence.
The day after arriving in Birdsville I began the 2200 km drive back to my home town in NSW, making a detour for one day to Adelaide to meet the production team for the movie ‘Tracks’ – the film adaptation of Robyn Davidson’s book of the same name about her journey (with camels) from Alice Springs to the West coast in 1976 – as I had been appointed Head Cameleer for the film. Then after staying at home for almost two days and unpacking gear and swapping camels and equipment, I headed back to South Australia from where I went straight into preproduction/filming/post production for a total of nearly 13 weeks. Two of the camels on reconnXpedition, Morgan and Istan, played lead roles in the film.
When I embarked on reconnXpedition2012 I knew that I would have commitments with the film immediately after finishing my journey but was under the impression that I would also have some time to reflect on my walk and work on categorizing and viewing the images/video and writing more blogs.
Unfortunately that ‘time’ never materialized. Actually, the whole concept of ‘time’ has weighed heavily on me since my return and I am in the process of writing a blog regarding the concept of time between the desert and this other world that I have returned to. I will post that essay (and some others) once I get things sorted.
So I have returned home to Deniliquin and have immediately began the process of unpacking, sorting, cleaning, washing, collating all the stuff, storing equipment, images, and thoughts that had accumulated since I left home in June. I was actually away from home for a total of 162 days straight in fact, and for those of you who are not aware, I operate two businesses, and so have had to attend to a huge amount of administration that has built up in my absence.
May 2013 bring a good season to you, thank you for following my travels, and I look forward to posting more words soon.
Andrew and the humped team.