It seemed to take an inordinate amount of time to get our food packed into our food drop buckets, but eventually we had 10x20L buckets all wrapped up and waiting in our hall…
The label gives some details of our walk, most importantly when we're planning to pick the buckets up, and asks anyone accidentally finding the bucket not to tamper with it. It also gives the proposed pick-up on the rubbish run: as we'll need to pick them back up after the walk :\
After doing the first bucket, I thought that using brown tape may add a bit of camouflage: they'll be well hidden but I thought that a solid green object is maybe not the best.
The only Food Drop not finished is the one for Thredbo (which doesn't need a bucket), and we're leaving open until we leave as we'll probably putting a couple of spare batteries in just in case.
We've also washed and refreshed the DWR on everything:
…and we're ready to place the first two Food Drops
The original plan was to drop all the buckets on the way to Melbourne, but it was very tight and made for 3 very long days. So, because the NSW locations didn't need to wait for November 1 for the roads to open (they opened after the October long weekend), we decided to get them out of the way early.
It was still going to be an hectic day, heading down and back in the one day… so we planned to get going as soon after 4am as we could manage, which would mean we'd get back home again early evening. It was also weighing on our minds that we'd been advised that the road into Blue Waterholes would be difficult in a two-wheel-drive after rain—and rain was forecast after midday.
So we set off about 4:20am, and headed off on pretty empty roads.
A short time after turning off the highway we came across some wild horses (which had been remarkably absent during our Kosciuszko Hut Tour earlier in the year). The drive out to Blue Waterholes was completely unremarkable – took about an hour to drive the 25km: it was a very good road that looked like it would be fine after quite a bit of rain .
We placed our two buckets, took a GPS WayPoint, took photos and notes and set a making ribbon away from the location and headed off up the road to a camping spot for lunch (which we ate under the shelter of a water tank roof whilst it rained).
The other drop at Kiandra was both easier and harder—it was just a walk in off the highway but there is very little covering from bush. So we found somewhere we hoped would be ok for the two months until we pick it up again… and headed for home (stopping for a drink in Goulburn).
15 hours there and back again…
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