IMG_1164.CR2We have been walking the trail now for a few years (300+kms) and there have been some extraordinary views.  Our last 100 kms or so have been through the Adelaide hills, of which have been just beautiful.  Such a pleasure to walk though lush wooded forest and rolling hill’d farmland.  But now, I guess it is time to move on. We have finally finished the Adelaide hills experience, completing our walk from Mount Crawford to Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park, and standing atop of the Barossa Ranges.

Looking down into the Valley

Looking down into the Valley

Now, standing at the edge of the precipice looking over the undulating vines stretching in every direction, I gazed out over the expansive view, and paused for a moment.  A sense of sadness and loss filled my heart, as well as a sense of apprehension and excitement.  The sadness because we have now completed our tour of the Adelaide hills, the history, the past devastation, and the natural, and sculptured landscapes, as well as the special experience of seeing our unique Australian animals while wandering on very unassuming tracks only 20 minutes from the city.

The excited apprehension because we are about to venture down the hill into “wine” country. European heritage infused into the Australian landscape.  Producing a culture and viticulture that is renowned around the world.

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Alpacca’s enjoying the “green”

This trek was not too challenging with only two major hills each about 100 mtrs elevation with gentle slopes. The rest is undulating hills on good tracks with minimal rocks.  On our last walk 2 weeks ago, the land was brown and bare, but with a bit of rain recently the countryside is now finally greening up.

Adding to the visual experience this trek, I brought along my recently acquired GoPro.  Still a bit of a video novice, but with practice I hope to get good value from it’s use.  Here is my first Heysen Trail video.

Enjoy.

One of the properties we walked though had a herd of cows munching away on feed, and Grant made mention of the slightly scrawny state of the cows.  It has been a long dry summer (even though it is now May, it is still summer type weather) and there has not been any autumn rain.  A few metres later we saw the end result of what could have been extra stress on one of the grazing animals.   I do have to add though, that I have no idea how this cow died, but it is a stark reminder that we live in a country that can be brutal at times.  We have a long history in Australia of extended droughts.

Friend or Foe?

Friend or Foe?

We saw a few dead animals on this walk. A consequence of the dryness I guess.  No Roo’s or Emu’s though, or any other native animal for that matter either (dead or alive).

Came across a sizeable bull on our path. Luckily for us he was not aggressive.  Grant was still wary though, just in case.  Bravely (or foolishly) I decided to get a bit closer for a photo.  All good. He ended up being friendly, or maybe just lazy.

Some jokers thought adding a a word or two to the road signs would brighten up people’s day, and they were right.  Very funny.

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IN SHORT:

Distance : 21.2 kms

Time : 3 hrs 55 minutes (Including 30 minutes of breaks)

Walking Speed : 5.65 kms per hour (not including breaks)

Terrain : Wide well graded tracks and roads. Gentle slopes.

Best Parts :  Horse Rock and the view as we left Kaiserstuhl Conservation Park.

JTF

A few more photo’s.

Is this how you work a GoPro?

Is this how you work a GoPro?

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An original Hey

An original Heysen Trail sign

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One day we will be drinking the the produce of these vines with a nice meal.

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Datsun Grave Yard

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