Last week I realised that I haven’t posted here in a year. That’s made me quite sad as I’ve been on a lot of special adventures in that time and now I can’t read back over them. In an effort to get back into the habit, here’s a quick post on my train ride home.
There had been a plan for Sat but my partner in adventure was suddenly sick. I felt a bit like I needed some nature but even moreso like I should clear out and give him some space. A rush followed to come up with a plan and then I was off – on my first trip camping out solo in OZ.
I’ve camped solo in other countries but never in Australia – I guess I’ve always been a little scared of what could happen/disappear in the Australian bush. Maybe I’m just more naive about other countries?!?
I got going at around 2:30pm, which meant alighting at 4pm. A lady struck up a conversation with me and asked if I was done walking for the day. I replied I was just starting, which of course got a concerned look.
I’d decided to take on a new section of the Great North Walk. Heading north towards Scopas Peak. I knew there was a campsite at Pile Creek but had plans to camp sooner if the opportunity presented itself. I do like High Camps.
As soon as I was on top of Scopas Peak the sound of the M1 was a lot more pronounced. Even though I found a few places to camp I decided to press on too find a more peaceful night’s sleep.
I did pass one tent that had gone to a lot (!) of effort to find large rocks to secure their tent. I found a spot I could have used just around the bend but decided I didn’t want to be so closely camped to another when I hadn’t met them (to gauge safety :p)
Then it was time to get out the head torch. Which matched my slightly black mood.
The Pile Creek clearing has lots of space and even some logs set up for seating. I got dinner on, the tent up, and enjoyed feeling warmer sitting outside than in my new rental!
Then I retired for a good 12 hours. I just woke up every now and again to turn over and because of an owl hoot hooting nearby (which I welcomed). Thankfully there was no noise of the M1 except the odd truck, but very distantly. There was some rain overnight so it was a good thing I brought the tent.
T’was a welcomed surprise to see what I’d camped next to upon rising!
I decided to continue along the GNW for a few kms while I waited for the tent to dry.
Then I completed the Pile Creek loop (the long way) before finding some ‘fun’ trails behind the Scout Park.
I was now headed to Point Clare to visit a friend. I went via Lyre Trig.
A good descent and then a nice late lunch with my mate, before a short walk and play with his kids before I headed back to the Big Smoke.