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Hume & Hovell Walking Track - 2013

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Day: 005

Saturday, 11 May 2013


Log Bridge Creek Campsite


Bossawa Campsite

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Cold early and warm and sunny later.


Camping at Bossawa Campsite


Breakfast:  Muesli
Lunch:  Just some snacks during the day
Dinner:  Soup, Beef & Pasta Hotpot, Chocolate



Pictures: Here
GPS Track: Here

My plans to listen to the AFL game on the radio were abandoned after five minutes last night when sleep suddenly seemed the more attractive option.  (Fortunately, I heard on the radio in the morning that Geelong had won without my help.)  I had intended to get up at 6:30am, but it was cold outside in the narrow valley and I decided that rather than pack stuff up damp and put on some damp clothes (it was a mistake to wash them out last night), I would leave rising to 7am in the hope that sun would hit the valley floor before it was time to leave.  Alas, that was a foolish hope and I starting hiking in very cool conditions wearing a freezing cold damp T-shirt at about 9:15am (no more washing gear unless I'm confident I can get it dry for the next day in these conditions).

It didn't take too long to warm up and I enjoyed the early morning light while hiking through some silent eucalypt forest on a grassy foot-trail that gradually climbed higher into the sun.  My day was to be spent hiking through State Forest and I soon emerged on a forest road bordered on one side by eucalypt forest and the other by pine plantation.  There were some lovely aromas.  The State Forests don't allow logging near streams and rivers and the Hume & Hovell Track did its best to exploit this rule by following streams for much of the day.

In late morning, my route diverted from a forest road and became a narrow, and at times technical, foot trail descending by the side of a cascading stream through a steep narrow rocky gorge, and then ascending alongside another stream in a steep-sided valley to pass, along the way, Pompey Pillar, a slender rock spire in the forest.  It was slow going and quite hard work, occasionally needing hands to climb tricky rocky sections, but never dangerous and always scenic.  I had it to myself apart from some loud unidentified birds at various times.

There followed some more walking along forest roads past pine plantations before my route again became single track and dropped to the quite large Micalong Creek.  The remainder of the day was spent following the creek upstream.  At first it was wide and rocky and cascaded down some small picturesque falls with large dark pools.  I stopped for a break at the Micalong Creek Campsite, which was adjacent to a forest road, and was disappointed to find a lot of litter, empty beer cans and spirits bottles and some spent rifle cartridges.  One of the fire-places still had a log smouldering, so I suspect the culprits were camped there last night.  I was happy to have missed them.

The path continued to follow Micalong Creek upstream past some spectacular falls and pools and was still slow going but very pleasant in the waning sunshine.  Eventually the trail reached a sort of plateau and Micalong Creek became  smaller and darker winding its way along a flat almost boggy ferny valley.  My route followed a forest road bordered on the other side by a recently cleared pine plantation.  Being Saturday, no work was being done, but there were plenty of signs of recent logging activity.

Around 3:30pm I reached the Bossawa Campsite, which was about 50 metres from the forest road, but considerable effort had been taken to make it inaccessible to vehicles and it was much cleaner than the other campsite I had passed.  The elevation is higher here, but still no mobile phone reception.  There are no high hills around so I'm hoping it will get the sun earlier in the morning.  I have a longer day tomorrow to reach a campsite near where I have hidden a drum of food to see me through another five days.  I better get there, because I will be out of food.  I'm a bit disappointed with my daily mileage at present, but the amount of light is a limiting factor and my body is still getting used to the hiking life and large pack.

It was totally dark by 5:45pm and I finished updating my diary before cooking dinner.  While eating I heard a couple of gun shots not too far away and then, about twenty minutes later, heard vehicles and the reflection of headlights on the trees.  I turned off my headlamp and watched the approaching vehicles which passed along a forest road about 100 metres to the north of where I was camped.  The front vehicle was set up for spotlight shooting with spotlights on the cab roof and a couple of people (presumably with rifles) standing in the back of the ute and the second vehicle followed along behind with spotlights also shining bright.  Both vehicles sounded like they had souped-up engines and they ploughed across the Micalong Creek and gradually disappeared into the forest to the north.  Shortly after I heard more shots.  Hopefully they were shooting rabbits (I have seen a few) and not kangaroos.  I don't know if spotlight shooting from the back of vehicles is legal, but I suspect not.

I went to bed around 8pm and wasn't disturbed again. 



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