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The Heysen 81: More Advice Than You Never Asked for

So now you’re interested in walking the Heysen, right? You’re ready for a solitary and sometimes challenging journey? When to walk: Autumn and spring have the best weather, but the Heysen can also be walked in winter (North American summer). The parts that cross private property (many many parts) are closed during the Fire Danger […]

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The Heysen 80: The End

Sunday, November 27, 2016 – 14.58 km My last day on the Heysen! The sky was sunny and I was feeling better than yesterday. I was planning to have breakfast at the Cobbler Creek picnic area, then realized that the picnic area is on an alternate route, so I ate on a random bench overlooking […]

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The Heysen 79: How Civilized

Saturday, November 26, 2016 – 13.24 km A few route options were available this morning. I chose the official Heysen route, which heads inland past Deep Creek Waterfall, but the Deep Creek Cove alternate may have been more scenic. The trail was beautiful single track with steps(!) on the steep bits, and I encountered several […]

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The Heysen 78: Black Friday

Friday, November 25, 2016 – 17.28 km The day began with road walking, then a fence-following drop to Tunkalilla Beach. The angle of descent was absurdly steep and I fell once. At the bottom, I met three older men with large and heavy-looking backpacks. I couldn’t hear them well over the sound of the ocean […]

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The Heysen 77: Only Death

Thursday, November 24, 2016 – 11.63 km My day began with a short walk over the sand dunes to Waitpinga Beach, where a fisherman told me about sea fishing. Millipedes were wandering far out on the sand, and it reminded me of hikers who lose the trail but don’t turn around. Go back! There’s nothing […]

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The Heysen 76: THIS IS WHY

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 – 20 km I’ve been feeling under the weather with a sore throat, but today was my favourite day of this trip. The walk out of Victor Harbor along the ocean was beautiful – the map has it marked as not being trail, but it’s actually lovely single-track – and Newland […]

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The Heysen 75: One Final Zero

Tuesday, November 22, 2016 I decided to take a rest day in Victor Harbor today. I have all the time in the world to finish the HT! Or a week and a half before the trail closes for the fire season. Same diff. I found the type of sunscreen I like, read a book from […]

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The Heysen 74: Ocean

Monday, November 21, 2016 – 21 km Today was special because it was my arrival at the ocean! After however many kilometres, I’m about to start the final section of the HT, and everyone says that it’s beautiful. I was planning to bypass Victor Harbor, but I realized that the sunscreen I was gifted is […]

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The Heysen 73: High of 31

Sunday, November 20, 2016 – 34.34 km The wind picked up last night and I was too cold in only my sleeping bag, so I relented and pitched my tent. I thought when I woke up that the air felt strangely warm – the Mount Compass forecast was for a high in the lower twenties […]

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The Heysen 72: The Bigger Picture

Saturday, November 19, 2016 – 8.44 km I was still undecided when leaving Mount Compass about how far to walk today. The next campsite, Mt. Cone, is only 8.44 km from Mount Compass, but there are no established campsites for 35 km after Mt. Cone. I decided to decide upon arriving at Mt. Cone. Road […]

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The Heysen 71: Unnecessary Space

Friday, November 18, 2016 Rest day in Mount Compass. The only notable event was when I was walking down the road and an oncoming driver swerved all the way into the other lane to give me space. That’s too much space! That’s unnecessary space! Black invasive millipedes infest areas of Australia and the caravan park […]

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The Heysen 70: Gila River Canyons Day

Thursday, November 17, 2016 – 8.56 km The weather was warm when I woke up and hot by 7:30 AM – an AZT Gila River Canyons day. While walking down the road from Finness Conservation Park, I noticed grassy flat spots with ‘Private property/no trespassing’ signs on the bordering fence. I wonder whether the Finniss […]

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The Heysen 69: Sunsplaining

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – 24.7 km Forest walking this morning, including nicely built single-track. I’m getting spoiled I think, since I would have raved about this sort of walk during the soul-death from Melrose to Hallett, but such is the way of human beings. The trail shifted onto road for awhile, reaching an old […]

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The Heysen 68: Average

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 – 15.58 km I left before the kids got up this morning. Today’s walk was average, forests and farmland, no signage issues. The Ironbarks picnic area was pleasant, with picnic tables and fire rings beside the road. I arrived at Chookarloo Campground around 12:00 PM. It contains a one-walled shelter, covered […]

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The Heysen 67: No Backpackers on the School Bus

Monday, November 14, 2016 – 29.95 I took the bus back to Piccadilly this morning, planning my route with Google Maps. It required a transfer and when I disembarked from the first bus, I noticed that the number for the second bus wasn’t on the bus stop sign. Well, the sign could be wrong, right? […]

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The Heysen 66: 1.5 Months Early

Sunday, November 13, 2016 I took three zeros in Adelaide to avoid a big storm, but it didn’t feel like a long time, maybe because Adelaide is a city instead of a small town and getting places takes more than a few minutes. I was expecting my roommates to hate me due to my odd […]

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The Heysen 65: 5:30 Heresy

Thursday, November 10, 2016 – 18.38 km I got an early start this morning. Though it seems heretical, I’m getting used to waking up at 5:30 and actually like it. The morning is a pleasant time to walk and the day seems longer. Passing Norton Summit, I entered Giles Conservation Park. The creek was a […]

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The Heysen 64: Secretly Switchbacking

Wednesday, November 09, 2016 – 25.38 km Today’s hike began with a beautiful walk through Montacute Conservation Park and alongside Sixth Creek. Then came an absurd hill that made me try to remember high school geometry and how to calculate the average angle of ascent. Who would have thought that I would ever need high […]

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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 […]

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The Heysen 62: Uh Oh

Monday, November 07, 2016 – 20.27 km I had another choice in route this morning: the longer official hike past Chalks Campground, or the shorter walk past the Crawford Forest Reserve Info Centre. I chose the Chalks hike and found the route pretty, though not spectacular. The campground is forested and lovely with covered picnic […]