- Start date: 27 July 2013
- Direction Walked: North to South
- Others in Group:
A fabulous track and a wonderful experience
We precooked and dehydrated our meals and sent them ahead of ourselves. This worked very well and enabled us to have a tasty, nutritious and varied diet. Successfully cooking pizzas on our fuel stove at Noggerup was a culinary highlight!
Very hard to pick a favourite section as there were so many that were fabulous. For sheer variety in a single day though, it is hard to surpass Giants to Rame Head. Tingle and karri forests, orchids and other stunning wildflowers, great views to the coast, Conspicuous Beach and Cliff, wind, rain and some sun!
Once again, there were many highlights. Solitude; belly laughs; connecting to country, self and each other; disconnecting from work, regular routines, emails and the election campaign!; the simplicity of life. Wading across the Pingerup Plains made us wonder why it is that our parents told us not to walk through puddles with our shoes on. Reaching the karri forests (we had breakfast at karri gully that day); the southern ocean and its changing moods.
Mentally challenging. The walk was harder than I anticipated and I am glad that we completed it. We are so fortunate to have this track on our doorstep and so accessible. I loved the exercise and the pace of life on the track.
We encountered more Spring snakes than we anticipated. The smallest one we met was by far the most entertaining as it repeatedly attacked a bright orange grasshopper right on the Track while remaining completely oblivious to our presence.
Your Best Equipment
Toe gels were fantastic. Thanks to Megan (Warrnambool Wanderer) for that piece of advice. Keeping my feet intact was pretty important to being able to walk!
Your Worst Equipment
All my equipment worked well. I wish I had taken a peak cap to provide a bit of shade for my eyes and face at times.
Advice for Others
The destination is less important than the journey. If we were to repeat the experience, we would agree on the time frame (we had 60 days this time) and not be too concerned about how far we got in that time. We would have built in more rest days along the way.