Left-sided sciatica has prevented me from cycling or running. The recent recurrence of my bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome is another reason why I must stay off my bike – cycling tends to worsen the numbness and paresthesia in my fingers. Left with limited options, I quelled the urge for some physical activity by rucking to the General Post Office and back this afternoon. According to Strava, I walked 23.57 km over fairly flat terrain in a little over 4.5 hours.

As I usually do for such a distance, I used a Goruck Bullet Ruck 15L with a Source WXP low-profile hydration bladder 3L and other gear in it. Fully loaded, the pack weighed about 5 kg – this weight diminished as I sipped the water through the afternoon. Without the weight in my pack, the ruck would have been too easy.

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