The Heysen 12: Mernmerna & Slaty

Sunday, May 15, 2016 – 16.99 km

I slept badly last night due to paranoia about mice/sleeping bag/tetanus shots – seeing a mouse scurrying down my bunk certainly didn’t help – and woke feeling weak and nauseous this morning. Unsure whether it’s because of the lack of sleep or something else. Maybe I need a tetanus shot?

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The HT was mostly creek walking on easy terrain today. Slaty Creek was striking with its high banks of ruddy slate.

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Slaty Creek

All day, my navigation was slightly off. I didn’t get lost, but I saw only a few trail markers aside from those that I was specifically looking for, so I kept wondering whether I was missing beautifully constructed single-track somewhere (lolno). The map states to be careful to note the direction when leaving Mernmerna Creek, and I agree that care is needed. I was specifically looking for the marker and I think it would have been easy to miss, but I was missing everything today, so who knows? Around point ‘B’ on the map the trail leaves Slaty Creek for what may or may not have been single-track, but I couldn’t find what the blazes I was supposed to be walking on, so I just bushwhacked for awhile. When I rejoined the creek, I mysteriously did so at the exact location of an HT marker, so there’s that.

Not a hard day of walking, but it felt hard since I was feeling sick. Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow, since it’s a long haul to the next campsite-that-might-not-be-a-legitimate-campsite.

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