Arts and Culture, Running, Travel

Scenes from the Torrens River

It’s been a while since this blog featured a Motivation Monday post. It’s not because the Ninja Turtle hasn’t been running, but because it’s so much more fun to talk about other aspects of travelling. That said, she’s had several amazing runs during this trip so far, and today – this morning – after finding herself awake once more before 6am, she’s decided to go on a slightly longer run, and to explore a popular route that she never got the chance to run because she wasn’t really a runner back then, just to see what all the fuss was about.

Adelaide, the city that lives in the Ninja Turtle's heart.

Adelaide, the city that lives in the Ninja Turtle’s heart.

The Torrens is a river that runs through Adelaide; in the city, it sits north of the commercial zone, just behind the University. Back in the day, she used to sit under a tree by the river, eating a sandwich while revising her notes. The first time GodzillaPin and the Ninja Turtle hung out together, they came down to this river, and GodzillaPin proceeded to horrify the Turtle by wondering aloud if he was quick enough to jump on a duck and catch it (he wanted to cook and eat it, apparently).

Anyway… the Kaurna people – that is, the indigenous Australians who lived in South Australia – call it Karrawirra Parri. This means Red Gum Forest River in their language. This morning, the Ninja Turtle ran along the River Torrens Linear Park Trail, and here are some photos taken along the way.

Karrawirra Parri - the red gum forest river.

Karrawirra Parri – the red gum forest river.

Starting point: Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

Starting point: Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

It's a very popular spot for leisure activities like cruising, kayaking, and of course, the paddle boats are a real favourite among children.

It’s a very popular spot for leisure activities like cruising, kayaking, and of course, the paddle boats are a real favourite among children.

She started heading westwards for one simple reason – it was early morning, and on the side of the river she stood, there was no shade, and did not wish to run with the sun in her eyes. So west it was.

Running on a soft dirt path with sunny blue skies and a crispness in the air at 7am = best holiday moment ever.

Running on a soft dirt path with sunny blue skies and a crispness in the air at 7am = best holiday moment ever. Too bad this photo cannot capture the smell of eucalyptus.

Westwards, the trail runs past the local brewery.

Westwards, the trail runs past the local brewery in Hindmarsh.

Getting the annual Brewery Christmas Lights display up and going.

Getting the annual Brewery Christmas Lights display up and going.

Keep heading west and you eventually reach Henley Beach and the waters!

Keep heading west and you eventually reach Henley Beach and the waters!

The Ninja Turtle didn’t particularly want to go to the beach, so she turned around and headed back to the city on the other side of the river.

Would someone care to explain what a horse float is?

Would someone care to explain what a horse float is?

At this early hour of the morning, while the city is still slowly waking up, it was already bustling with life down by the river.

Rule #1 of running in Australia: apply the same quantity of sunscreen on your skin as the amount of water you drink before your workout. Yes. Really. That much.

Rule #1 of running in Australia: apply the same quantity of sunscreen on your skin as the amount of water you drink before your workout. Yes. Really. That much.

East of the city, the richer suburbs can afford to beautify the river trail with art

East of the city, the richer suburbs can afford to beautify the river trail with art

Although very often, they tend to simply blend in to the surroundings rather than stand out.

Although very often, they tend to simply blend in to the surroundings rather than stand out.

At one point the trail dips downwards so runners are at eye-level with the train tracks.

At one point the trail dips downwards so runners are at eye-level with the train tracks.

A rickety footbridge that wobbles so much, the Ninja Turtle was forced to slow to a walk in case she broke it by running across.

A rickety footbridge that wobbles so much, the Ninja Turtle was forced to slow to a walk in case she broke it by running across.

Here are some landscape photos taken during the run. The Ninja Turtle claims copyrights to the following images and may not be used for commercial purposes without her knowledge.

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Look at this world we live in.

Now go out and RUN, and see it, and feel it, and breathe it, and absorb it, and become one with it.

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