The Australian azure, filled our view, dissolving all thought. Chilled mid north air welcomed us to reality. The simplicity of the Aussie country side, rescuing my spirit from the 21st century sarcoma on my soul.
The soil has been tilled with it’s richness on display. The recent rains have tinged the remaining land with green. New life and old, basking in the Autumn sun, while echo’s of the past still resist the inevitability of time. Walking the less traveled road along fields of hope and creeks of promise. Wandering the ancient valley amidst a brood of Blackboys. We once again immerse ourselves, in the Heysen trail.
The first walk for 2015 saw us just north of Bundaleer Dam. A beautiful sunny day with a cool breeze. 20 K’s for the first day to Neindorf rd adjacent Bundaleer Forest. The original route through Bundaleer Forest Reserve is still closed due to the fire a few years back, and it has not yet been re-opened. So it is a re-route with extra K’s for this, our first walk. A fairly easy walk though, with few hills on the first day, and with another new year, Grant also has another new pair of boots. I’m sure he has every brand of hiking boot available by now I would be guessing.
One of the valleys we walked through was filled with thousands of Blackboys (Grasstrees). This was a bit eerie, especially with one watching us as we passed by. “Invasion of the body snatchers” anyone?
The walking on this stretch was fairly easy. Gentle slopes on dirt roads and tracks through valleys and rolling hills. We ended up adjacent Bundaleer Forest at Neindorf Rd at the end of the first day. As is customary on our walks, we celebrated with a nice cold beer back at the pub. The Barbed Wire Hotel in Spalding had the best tasting beer, I swear. Funny how it always tastes so good after a walk. A big shout out to John, Anne and Margaret, who we had dinner with that night. Three of the End to End group walkers on the trail that weekend. Thanks for a great chat.
Day two was a little more challenging with a few hills and ridge walking. Great views though of the surrounding plains and valleys. One of the valleys had a fair few Heysen markers down on this walk, so I was pleased we had the GPS.
We pushed on passed all of the cars parked at this section’s end to end point to finish up a few K’s out of Georgetown. A quiet little place with a pub and a general store, and plenty of history.
The Walk: The Old School (near Bundaleer Dam) to Neindorf Rd Bundaleer Gardens
Duration: 3 hrs 48 mins (walking time)
Distance: 22 kms
Pace: 5.8 kms per hr
Terrain: Gentle slopes. Roads and (at times) narrow tracks
Best Part: “Blackboy Valley”
The Walk: Neindorf Rd Bundaleer Gardens to Noonans Rd
Duration: 4 hrs 17 mins (walking time)
Distance: 24 kms
Terrain: Roads and paddocks along ridges and in vallleys.
Best Part: The views from the ridge.
Scene’s along the way: