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Day 13 – Pichi Richi Park to Catninga Shed
10 months ago

Day 13 – Pichi Richi Park to Catninga Shed

By  •  Heysen Trail

My physical appearance had undergone noticeable transformations by the time I reached Day 13. However, it took me until the night of Day 12 to realise my body had also …
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Day 14 – Catninga Shed to Wilmington
10 months ago

Day 14 – Catninga Shed to Wilmington

By  •  Heysen Trail

Other than the pale glow from a luminous moon and a solitary beam of light from my shaky headlamp, I arrived at Catninga Shed in complete darkness on Day 13. The distant …
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Day 15 – Wilmington to Gray’s Hut
10 months ago

Day 15 – Wilmington to Gray’s Hut

By  •  Heysen Trail

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
10 months ago

Day 16 – Gray’s Hut to Melrose

By  •  Heysen Trail

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)
10 months ago

Day 17 – Melrose (Rest Day)

By  •  Heysen Trail

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
10 months ago

Day 18 – Melrose to Murray Town

By  •  Heysen Trail

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
10 months ago

Day 19 – Murray Town to Go-Cart Track Shelter

By  •  Heysen Trail

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
10 months ago

Day 20 – Go-Cart Track Shelter

By  •  Heysen Trail

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
10 months ago

Day 21 – Go-Cart Track Shelter to Beetaloo Creek Campsite

By  •  Heysen Trail

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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Day 22 – Beetaloo Creek Campsite to Crystal Brook
10 months ago

Day 22 – Beetaloo Creek Campsite to Crystal Brook

By  •  Heysen Trail

For the most part, the terrain throughout the Flinders Ranges was immaculately untamed. While there were bursts of groomed vegetation en route to Wilmington on Day 14 and alongside the rain-soaked paths …
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