Day 15 :: Murray River to Dookanelly
It took quite a few readings of today's walk in the Guidebook before we realised that the Long Gully Bridge was not going to be crossed today (the photo is in today's section, rather than the next). The Guidebook does warn of slippery tracks, Marron fishermen and rain: so we'll need to be careful!. It's a shorter day today, and we intend to walk down to the river at Driver Road for lunch before ascending to Dookanelly campsite.
Beautiful misty morning today -- though lifting quickly to blue skies and scattered clouds.
So, slept quite well and woke to a very quickly disappearing mist. School kids didn't keep us awake and they got up and going pretty early. Didn't see any sign of fish in river.
Day 15 Google Earth Track
Murray River Dookanelly
|Length||19.22 km||Day Length||5:49|
|Ascend||831 m||Descend||733 m|
The Track starts off beside the River: moss is everywhere -- the Guidebook wasn't joking when it said this was the wettest part of the region! Then climbs the side to navigate around a bend in the river: this raised section we dubbed "Orchid Way" because of the prevalence and variety of orchids up there -- a very beautiful part of the walk with the sun burning through the mist.
A really delightful start to the walk, along river and up and over a hill with so many orchids along the way. Variations on the painted orchid (a black centre and pink on upper part by red splashes), also a very bright pink one. Also a small paler stripy one. Kept us very thrilled.
I think I caught myself singing "many creeks to cross" this morning, as there were heaps! Sandi was hanging out for morning tea, but we were finding it hard to find a suitable log or creek bank to sit on... not that we needed a log, it was just nicer: everything was feeling very wet.
Today from Murray, along the river, was fairly boring -- was like walking through a corridor with not many views. The orchids have been particularly amazing, especially in the elevated section just after camp.
Then a long stretch along the river, initial view, then like a corridor lined with what I call native privet, all flowering and the smell no more appealing. I tended to power a bit, just because there wasn't a lot to look at and I was still hungry after morning tea and I started just drifting in my thoughts -- thinking about "no sin that's not as common to man". Poor P kept up but I realised he had been pushing it and then fatigue set into the muscles. Had a lolly to get me to lunch.
So thankful of a rest and food on the banks of the Murray in a very lovely picnic spot. It did the trick, enough to get us up an arduous hill and safe into camp. Thanks be to God.
Crossed Howse Brook on a new footbridge then took packs off and left them beside the Track for the short walk down to the river with our lunch. Took our rain jackets just in case it rained.
After a very relaxed lunch lying on the soft ground next to the river (though we didn't linger too long because of the weather), we headed back to our packs feeling quite refreshed. The Track after Howse Drive initially follows old vehicle tracks and minor vehicle tracks that were pretty wet and slippery.
Did see some gorgeous frolicking fantails scolding each other. Also need to mention brief glimpses of parrots both yesterday and today.
Found some very odd signage today: didn't think to get a photo of the first 'You are there', but when we came across 'You are halfway between here and there' there was more sense to the nonsense. From the Driver Road crossing of Murray River the Track heads up and over a small hill to Dookanelly campsite.
Today didn't rain (which was nice), but most of the day was cloudy to scattered sunny breaks (as is indicated by FUSE charging) -- also under a lot of canopy: not great for the FUSE -- and by the time we got to Dookanelly, an Easterly facing hut, the sun was filtered by the trees on the hill behind the hut. Did a lot of FUSE moving to keep it in the sun, just to manage 2 lights!!
I'm sitting here feeling tired and fatigued, but at least we're here. Ridiculous to feel like this after a fairly easy day.
Weather was humid but dry and I'm very thankful.
Seem to have this thing with my boots: if loose no problems with blisters, but toes get more pain, and visa versa with tight. Opt for loose, because toes pain though intense, does come and go.
In camp in good time, so after afternoon tea we go for a wee wander around the area. The log book had an amazing story of a lone woman walker who recently got into trouble (broken leg?) and had to be rescued from the shelter after spending a night out by herself!
|Soup||Mushroom & Croutons||4||4||4.0||3.9|
A young American has just walked in after walking the 53km from Dwellingup (started at 3am). Says he'll never do it again.
We were to hut a couple of nights with Andre, and he was a very nice young man, but on a mission... tonight he was so exhausted that he couldn't get his fire started to cook his steak. So we gave him a hand and helped with his blisters.
|Murray Campsite||0.0||8:20 AM||0:00||0.0|
|Driver Road Crossing||15.2||15.2||262.1||12:37 PM||1:07 PM||4:17||4:17||78.1||3.5||3.5||3.4|
|Dookanelly Campsite||4.1||19.2||266.2||2:12 PM||1:05||5:22||79.2||3.7||3.6||3.4|
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