The radio blared out at 4, and we were up. Muesli (not as good as Meher’s) followed by bananas + milk for breakfast, a quick wash, and off to work, taking our belongings with us. A relatively easy walk, and there we were again, happy as can be. Explained to Gerry that at least one of us had to be back early (to see Terry) + he took both of us, as he said he had an easy run. There were 7 of us walkers, out at Piedmont. People said it was hilly – they were right. Gerry said we’d do the hilliest bits first, and that proved to be our downfall. The area was impossible – houses far apart, big hills, and a really confusing road layout, higgledy-piggledy, crossing in + out. I got badly lost at one stage, and must have walked 3 miles without throwing a paper. Eventually, Gerry got sick of it, and rounded us all up – that took an hour in itself. There were also new orders now, and we took on board a great load of papers to be delivered in Berkeley. That was much better – nice straight roads, the occasional apartment block – but even so I got confused once or twice. Obviously it was going to be a long day tho’, so at lunchtime I was dropped off at Berkeley Bart and caught that to SF, just about managing to stay awake. I walked over to the depot to pick up our bags, then back to Terry’s. She wasn’t in, but a friend of hers was, and he gave me the key, then left. I sat + read for a while (Greene) then walked down to the depot again to meet Val. She arrived about 30 mins later – the afternoon had been pretty bad too, so they just came back. However, when the money was paid out, I’d earned $18 + Val $19 – seemed crazy. Went back to the shop – really excellent little loft, double bed, TV, what more could we want. Read for a while, then went out. Found a cinema round corner with Int. Animation festival on, so bought tickets for that, then ate – pizza for me, lasagne for Val. Watched films (Val got ratty because she kept falling asleep) but they were a bit disappointing. Had some cappuccino – home to oblivion at 12.
With 20 hour days, it is no wonder we were permanently tired… nor that Val should fall asleep.