|Jumping ahead of myself, sunset was pretty sweet tonight.|
|Emerging from my tent things looked a lot more pleasant this morning.|
|Setting off I even had a bit of a pad to follow this morning.|
|Water bottles filled, it's time to start the days hard work.|
|The climb up to Mt Hope Road turned out to be the best walking of the day.|
Shuffling along Mt Hope Road in the midday sun I was pretty happy when the Buckwong Track turn-off appeared ahead, I was even happier to find a shady spot beside the road to stop for awhile, although I would of been even happier if I could of found a spot without the ubiquitous ants. After lunch I set off again on what was a bit of a road bash along quiet fire tracks, initially descending very gently through Alpine Ash forest as I made my way along to the Mt Murphy Track turn off. I’d had all sorts of plans in my head before setting off on my AAWT stroll and one of those plans was to make the 4 kilometre round trip down to the old Mt Murphy Mine, but arriving at the turnoff today I took one look at the map and decided that the old mine could wait for another trip, my short term ambition today was to get down to Buckwong Creek and have a cool drink on what was now a pretty warm and humid day.
|Buckwong Track heading off to the right, it was time for lunch...pity about the ants though.|
|This tributary of Buckwong Creek about one kilometre from Buckwong Hut was a welcome spot this afternoon.|
|Wandering up beside Buckwong Creek the flats are blocked by this quartz outcrop at one point.|
|Tents up....but the rains coming.|
I walked 15 kilometres today and climbed 600 metres on another hard day on the AAWT. After 24 days of walking on the AAWT so far I’ve walked 405 kilometres and climbed 19,485 metres. Once leaving Buenba Creek this morning I didn’t get any water until I arrived at the first gully about one kilometre before Buckwong Hut, once at Buckwong Creek water wasn’t an issue obviously, although it needs treating. Like the water situation camping is also best along Buenba Creek, the gully before Buckwong Hut and then almost anywhere along Buckwong Creek. Navigation today was a lot more straightforward than I’d imagined that it may have been, the climb up to Mt Hope Road was clear and well marked. It’s a wall of regrowth along the crest beside Mt Hope Road so stay on the road though. Leaving Buckwong Track at Buckwong Creek the AAWT is more or less off track but the open flats make for easy walking and there are enough markers around to make navigation OK. I didn’t get a mobile signal today. I used John Chapman’s notes and maps as well as Rooftop’s Bright - Dartmouth Adventure Map for an overview.
AAWT, First Day, October 2017.
AAWT, Previous day, November 2017.
|Eventually the rain cleared, initially things looked a little gloomy. |
|See you tomorrow:)|