Dave Byrnes' Adventures

Hume & Hovell Walking Track - 2013

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Day: 017
Date:

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Start:

Tin Mines Campsite

Finish:

Samuel Bollard Campsite

Daily Kilometres:

20.6

Total Kilometres:

362.6

Weather:

Cold at first, but mild and mostly sunny all day.

Accommodation:

Camping at Samuel Bollard Campsite

Nutrition:

Breakfast:  Muesli
Lunch:  Muesli bars and gorp
Dinner:  Soup, Beef Teriyaki and chocolate 

Aches:

None.

Pictures: Here
GPS Track: Here
Journal:

There were only a few light showers overnight and I got up in the 6:30am pre-dawn gloom to mostly clear skies.  Overhead I could hear the whisper of a high-flying jet, most likely on the Sydney-Melbourne route and imagined the bleary-eyed occupants, having woken to a 4:00am alarm for a 4:30am car to the airport and a 6am flight.  A few of the occupants might be looking out of the window at the forests and mountains below, as I have done on many commuter flights in various parts of the world, wondering who's down there and what are they doing?  I know where I would rather be.

Knowing that I had another easy day, I took my time breakfasting and packing up, and started walking around 9am.  The guide-book warned that the next 8km was mostly uphill, but it was a very gradual climb, not onerous at all, along the beautiful sun-dappled track through the eucalypt forest.  After an hour, the sun was warm enough to strip down to my T-shirt and I felt fortunate to have missed most of the rain that had passed through NSW and was now apparently falling on Sydney and the Central Coast.

Around 11am I reached Norths Lookout, a broad rocky outcrop that gave fantastic views in a 180 arc from the NE through NW to SW and I stopped for a short while to enjoy the scene.  I then continued on for another half hour to the edge of the Woomargama National Park and had lunch in the sun in a broad clearing.  Very pleasant.  From there, the trail passed through a pine plantation and, at one point, I briefly passed through a "No Entry" area where I could hear ongoing logging operations, but had no problems.

After the pine plantation the trail again entered eucalypt forest.  I was making good time and it looked like another very early finish.  With just a few minutes to go, I reached a track junction where I needed to turn off to get to the campsite when I heard a vehicle approaching.  It stopped and turned out to be Warwick, the trail coordinator, who had some business in the area and guessed I might be nearby.  It was nice to see him again and we chatted for quite a long time about the Track and the ultra-distance trail race which is now held on a section of it each year.  After saying our goodbyes I hiked the last half kilometre to the campsite which was on a lightly forested knoll that would get the sun late and early.

As I set up camp, an elderly couple (well, older than me!) driving a 4WD with a camper trailer arrived.  I was glad I hadn't arrived any later because I suspect they would have set up near the shelter which I had claimed as my own.  Instead, they set up 50 metres away and were quite sociable, and we chatted for a while about the Hume & Hovell expedition.

After setting up camp and washing, I updated my diary before another early dinner and night.  I am booked into a cabin tomorrow night but, despite being another shortish day, there will be some tough trail to negotiate en route.

ADVENTURE LIST

 

Round Ireland
(2016)

Hume & Hovell Walking Track
(2013)

Via Alpina
(2012)

Australian Alps Walking Track
(2011)

Land's End to John O'Groats
(2010)

Round Oz Bike Record Attempt
(2009)

Round Oz Bike Record Attempt
(2008)

Round Oz Bike Record Attempt
(2007)

Australia Tip to Top MTB
(2006)

Adelaide to Darwin MTB
(2005)

Sydney to Melbourne MTB
(2004)

Three Peaks Race
(2004)

Appalachian Trail
(1986)

Alpine Track
(1983)

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