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Heysen Trail

Day 15 – Wilmington to Gray’s Hut

By  •  10 months ago

My legs were pulsating when I arrived at Wilmington’s Beautiful Valley Caravan Park after a depleting Day 14. Mum and Dad had scooped me off the road in the nick of time. …
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Day 16 – Gray’s Hut to Melrose

By  •  10 months ago

I ended Day 15 with a conundrum; my rain jacket had gone rogue. I combed Gray’s Hut and the surrounding paddocks for the crumpled heap of water-repellant fabric to no …
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Day 17 – Melrose (Rest Day)

By  •  10 months ago

I received my fair share of advice before commencing the Heysen Trail. Some tips were extremely helpful, others seemed a little nutty. Some suggestions single-handedly pulled me through each day, …
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Day 18 – Melrose to Murray Town

By  •  10 months ago

The first 17 trail days were near idyllic—temperate climates, clear blue skies and minimal wind. Other than a few abrupt exceptions, including suffering dehydration in Wilpena Pound, a gloomy walk through The …
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Day 19 – Murray Town to Go-Cart Track Shelter

By  •  10 months ago

If I had a ‘taste’ of wet weather on Day 18, I had a twelve-course dinner complete with complimentary drinks on Day 19. Other than a short respite over lunch, …
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Day 20 – Go-Cart Track Shelter

By  •  10 months ago

Often along the trail, you must push yourself to continually place one foot in front of the other. A battle of persistence over monotony – chew through the tough times to …
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Day 21 – Go-Cart Track Shelter to Beetaloo Creek Campsite

By  •  10 months ago

24 hours marooned at the Go-Cart Track Shelter on Day 20 was enough inactivity for my ‘hiking legs’ to suffer unbearable itchiness. My body had grown used to constant movement …
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