[Trailwalker] Tales from the trail – episode 03 – “You have chosen … wisely”

“You have chosen… wisely.”
(Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)

This week was a lot cooler and after a quick email conversation “hills or distance?”, we decided to do the 15 km section between Olinda and Mt. Evelyn (we chose hills). This time it was Darren who had a better offer, he was at a scout camp, so we set off without him to enjoy the beautiful Dandenongs rainforest in the light (as we think we’ll be doing this section at around midnight on the actual day). Contrary to everything we have learned about the Oxfam Trailwalker trail, this section is mostly DOWNhill. How did that happen? Shhh, don’t let anyone know, they might change it. We started a slip-over count as wet leaf-litter on the ground coupled with fairly steep downhill tracks made for some interesting and creative footwork in places (can anyone remember what number we finished with?), and we discovered that there is a reason Mt Evelyn is not just called Evelyn Hill as it seemed that all the UP bits were at the end, when we thought (according to the Oxfam elevation profile) we had already passed them.

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All in all, a tiring but enjoyable walk, we didn’t get lost, and no one was feeling too bad at the end. This bodes well.

Cheers from the ‘100 Reasons’ teams,
Team 169: The Veterans – Darren, Chris, Gwen, Frances
Team 171: The Tenderfoots – Tracy, Sherry, Cristy, Rebecca

Oxfam Trailwalker Melbourne – 100 km – teams of 4 – 48 hours

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