The Great North Walk, Day 2
Trip Start Aug 23, 1996
574Trip End Ongoing
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Trust me, it is much easier to awake, walk out your front door and hit the track. Saves time and bullshit public transport that does not really seem to work when you want to !!!
Now this walk, I was attempting to get to Berowra. I actually wanted to get to Berowra Waters, but as this is the middle of nowhere in Sydney, there is no public transport, so I had to change my endpoint.
Now I have never been on these trails before so it was all new to me, but still looked similar to the previous stage. Within 5 K's, I had seen my first wildlife of the walk, a Tawney Frog Mouth Owl. These use to come into my Mum's backyard, so to see one on the walk was nice.
Not long after, I encountered my first rain !!!
Through Westleigh and into Hornsby, I kept following the track, but as I came towards Hornsby rifle range, I lost the track. I was beside a pool and it did look inviting, but when I saw the track was on the otherside, I turned and tripped in sand. I got up and looked down at my shoes and noticed I was being attacked by leaches !!! I ripped them off and peeled four off of my socks Once done I carried on towards Galston Gorge
Now Galston Gorge is a remarkable place and also dark as the backpacker murderer in the 90's dumped some bags here !!!
I climbed down a cliff, and followed the track under the bridge. The track then forced me to cross the river !!! So I did. I climbed up the otherside and realised I could have crossed the bridge !!! Sitting there were two old Poms and an old Scot. We got talking and they said, on the next section, watch out for the leaches !!!
Hitting the track, it all looked pretty easy, but eventually, it went tits up !!! I kind of went off track, looked at my GPS and realised I needed to bushbash my way through back to the correct settings, and I knew when I looked down I would have more leaches on me. I did this and I was correct !!! Now maybe they are not the smartest, but they only ever wanted to attack my socks !!!
As I walked, I kept seeing signs for Crosslands, I knew the name, but couldn't remember why. Once there, I looked at the GPS and saw the road and remembered to when I was young and I had a couple of Coopers, and I use to race them up and down the road !!! I had a quick break here and a load of Kookaburras joined me, so I shot them and moved on
Now the signs stated that Berwora was only 7ish K's away, so I was kind of happy, but I was at the bottom of a valley, and when I looked up, and saw how high I had to climb, I broke down and cried !!!
On I went, and the climb started, and it was hard. Around 3/4's the way up, a chair had been placed so you could admire the views, and as I was knackered, I decided to have a rest. After a couple of minutes, I looked down and a leach was eating my shoe !!! It was time to move on, so I set about finishing the trail, and eventually, a very long eventually, I finished.
Now I thought Day 1 was hard, but that was easy in comparison. The ups and downs killed me, I ended up limping out, and I know on this trip I can't complete anymore, but this trail will not defeat me, and I will return to beat it, when, I don't know, but I will be back