Day 34 :: Warren to Schafer
After a wet and cold yesterday it was wonderful to be warm and dry in our sleeping bags, and a wonderful surprise to see a more fine day dawning this morning. Today we have half of the day beside the Warren River, then as the Guidebook says, we "turn South", which feels like the final turn in toward the Southern Coast and the Great Southern Ocean: a bitter-sweat thought.
Once P was warm he fell asleep and missed hearing a tree, or a very large branch, fall down. Lovely comfy night.Day 34 Google Earth Track
|Length||21.39 km||Day Length||5:50|
|Ascend||1096 m||Descend||1009 m|
We woke to the absence of the sound of rain on the roof: which was a great thrill! Warren was one campsite that we did not explore at all: sheltering last night and getting away this morning... Putting on wet clothes, socks and boots was not a thrill; but it was amazing how quickly the body heated the clothes. Initially we climb back down off the hill that the campsite is set on, and cross the river on an old bridge; then wander along the river for the rest of the morning.
socks and boots were cold and wet when putting on in the morning
Well, we set off with a very small glimmer of sunlight and hope in our hearts, no wet weather gear on, but wet boots, socks and shirts. Fabulous dawn chorus this morning. I had to really pump hard over 1st bit to get warm, then gradually relaxed.
River Road Bridge turned out to be an amazing structure, certainly all of the "engineering achievements" that the book described it as; and the Warren River crossing was very nice at that point too.
The South side of the river produced lots of moss and fungi, rotting logs and damp ground.
There are numerous small creek crossings, and the Warren River is very close; morning tea at a creek crossing close to Blackberry Pool and an old railway bridge.
After morning tea we headed off, via Blackberry Pool, on the Blackberry Trail up towards Moon Crossing and MacAlpine Road, where we leave the Warren River behind and start heading South toward the Coast.
Warren River is big and very pretty, but in the end I was glad to leave all that dampness behind. I think having wet feet didn't help.
Climbing out of Murray River and turning South felt like a relief to leave the sogginess behind -- after days of walking past huge mossy logs it was great to get on top of a hill.
Great to have a dry day! Although, as soon as we'd decided to take our gaiters off so that our socks would start drying, the misty drizzle came back to worry us; but it didn't develop and the top of our socks were pretty dry by the hut.
We were getting along at quite a good pace with P took a full blown fall -- face first -- thankfully on softish soil. Camera got a scratch, which was awful and I couldn't do anything. Dreadful feeling and quite agonising watching him berate himself and struggle with it all.
Very upset that I fell over today: camera first, which now has a scratch on its lens, even though it was soft forest soil. I was feeling tired at that point, and when tripped thought, "I'm not going to recover this one..." and sort of gave up: that I wasn't concerned about that except when I realised I'd buried the camera with my out-stretched hand. The GPS flew a couple of metres down the track (that bit of the track-log will be interesting).
I'm not sure if the bump to the GPS has caused this, but the GPS Track log as saved by the device, is quite different to what was displayed on the screen as we walked. This is indicated by the difference between our odometer and the Guidebook's distances: ~700m on the saved track, but what we recorded from the device is about the same. Odd. At the time I was more concerned with the camera, but now I'm wondering if the GPS was affected too.
What upset me about the camera was that this was a new replacement for one that I destroyed earlier in the year. :( Read about that sad event here. After lying in the soil for some time, then sitting, and Sandi fussing over me, we got going in a pretty dubious mood now, across Wheatley Coast Road and on past private property toward Schafer campsite.
Walked on really wanting to get into camp and we thought it would be yummy to do a toasted flat bread and cheese melt on a fire if we could get one going. Well we could, and we did, and it was yum; but the problem is I felt so hungry afterwards. Have spent the rest of the afternoon nibbling.
Another day that we've walked before lunch! It's becoming a habit.
A hot lunch and a fire with plenty of cups of tea utilising Sandie's wee pot (thus saving the JetBoil gas) helped me deal with camera worries. We set the tent up down next to the dam and the picnic table in the hope of getting some nice sunset and sunrises.
Great to get to camp in good time, before rain -- but in fact able to dry clothes and boots. Lit a fire for cheese on toast (celebration?) and then used that to dry the socks completely. Boots got very nearly dry -- socks and boots were cold and wet when putting on in the morning, and walked with a slight squelch all day (we'd wrung and hung as best we could at Warren).
Had a very relaxed late afternoon and evening getting to know Sandie, chatting beside the fire, eating one of our favourite dinners and watching the moon reveal its glory in the night sky. Sandie has some prior knowledge of Northcliffe, so recommended cafes, etc. Was surprised to finally find a sign and information concerning the brush and bucket of 'stuff' in the toilets! Amazing that it's taken until Day 34?
|Soup||Cream of Chicken||4||3.5||3.8||3.3|
Looking forward to a cooked lunch tomorrow!
|Warren Campsite||0.0||8:10 AM||0:00||0.0|
|River Road Bridge||1.6||1.6||634.8||8:32 AM||0:22||0:22||178.0||4.4||4.4||3.6|
|Moons Crossing Access||9.0||10.6||643.8||11:26 AM||2:54||3:16||180.9||3.1||3.2||3.6|
|Schafer Campsite||4.7||21.4||654.6||2:02 PM||1:05||5:52||183.5||4.4||3.6||3.6|
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