My second day on the Walk into History (WIH) started off pretty slowly, after a fairly restless nights sleep I awoke up to very light rain falling on the tent, hmmm that wasn’t part of the plan. The forecast had looked very promising when I left yesterday but somewhere along the way things had obviously changed a bit. Now the rain was only very light, just a mist really, but it was enough of an excuse for me to stay in the tent snoozing. Luckily by around 9am the precipitation had stopped and I figured that I’d better crawl out of the tent and face the day. Once again the mozzies were on hand to greet me and while I enjoyed my yogurt and muesli they enjoyed my blood, with all creatures appetites satisfied I packed up my wet tent, flicking of a couple of leeches as I did. Apart from me being super lazy, the other reason that I’d taken my time firing up this morning was that I’d figured that the now wet scrub that crowded the track would be real leech territory, I was clutching at straws a little but I was hoping that as the scrub dried out a bit during the day a few of the leeches might disappear. Now I’m not sure if it was my cunning plan or not but I didn’t pick up a another leech for the remainder of the walk.
Setting off this morning the Victorian Hardwood tramway immediately crossed the Ada River on a long section of duck boards, this is a very pretty section of the walk with the remains of the old trestle bridge slowly being reclaimed by the forest adding even more interest. Climbing away from the river and leaving the duck boards behind I was soon walking past the alternative campsite, it was definitely a good call camping at the mill site as this spot was pretty ordinary (IMHO). The tramway climbs gently through some drier forest, crossing Dowey Spur Road before suddenly arriving at the High Lead winch station. This marked the spot where I would start a very steep descent, it also marked the spot where I got Telstra coverage judging by the amount of beeping coming from the top of my pack.
|The remains of the old tramway trestle bridge at Ada River.|
|The walk along Big Creek was another enjoyable section of the WIH.|
|I dunno who was more surprised, me or my Copperhead mate!|
|The initial section of the tramway along the Latrobe River is wedged between the river and the road.|
|There are a few nice cascades along this section, this one had it's own little plunge pool.|
|Descending down off The Bump the route was clear again.|
|The WIH passes very close to a few of the local houses in Powelltown.|
I walked 22.6 kilometres today and climbed 240 metres on todays medium grade walk. While the tramways today were a little rougher than those on day 1 the going was still pretty good, the only time things got a little vague was when I was looking for the old track that passes the site of Nayook West before climbing up to the top of The Bump. I suspect the correct route follows the old road that leaves Yarra Junction - Noojee Road opposite where the Latrobe River Tramway enters it, but I just wondered up the main road for a few hundred metres. Over the course of the two day walk I walked a total of 44.6 kilometres and climbed 869 metres. I was using the notes and mud map out of Glenn Tempest’s old book Weekend Walks Around Melbourne, somewhat amazingly you can still order this book, which dates back to 2003 through Glenn’s website. For such an old book the notes are still fairly accurate.