The Heysen 63: Detours

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 – 21 km

In accordance with the highly questionable ‘maybe the Friends have an agreement with the Crawford Forest Reserve since the Scotts closure isn’t noted on the Heysen website’ reasoning, I decided to complete the 2-3 km forest walk this morning. I must not have been very convinced of my reasoning, because I kept expecting that someone would pop out of nowhere and issue me a fine. The only sign of fire damage was one distant ruined area.

The route met a fence that it followed to a road. Due to fire damage in the forest reserve, a big road detour consumed most of the rest of the day.

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A white horse with a strangely cut yellow mane reminded me of Donald Trump. I checked the date – November 8th in Australia, so tomorrow is American election day.

At the end of the detour was a cemetery, the only remnants of a town called Chain of Ponds. In the 1970s it was forcibly purchased by the government to protect the water quality of the Millbrook Reservoir, which supplies drinking water to Adelaide.

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Passing Cudlee Creek, the HT continued south between beautiful properties. At one point the trail reached a gate beside a stile that led over the fence beside the road. Don’t use the stile – it must be for the landowners, since if you leave the road, a dodgy crossing of a barbed wire fence on a crumbling slope is required. And if you continue along the crumbling slope after that fence, you reach an electric fence, so yeah. Don’t do it.

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Grandpas Campsite is pretty and has a sweet backstory described in a comment on the Friends’ website. Fabulous fire area, flat tentsites in the back and a curious shelter that looks like a treehouse fallen from its tree. The shelter is big enough to sleep in, but there’s bird poop on the floor so I’m tenting.

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