trail walking in the rain

25 04 2010

Since the HMBA club round was called off due to rain today, I had some time up my sleeve to join Nic the IMBA rep in his trail visit to Glenrock. I learnt a few things and got to spend some time wandering around looking at familiar trails by foot rather than at speed on a bike. It is amazing what you notice when you aren’t flying past on your bike.

I then got out to awaba in the afternoon and wandered through the bush on the northside of little falcon investigating where the new bit of trail will go. There are some pre-determined GPS waypoints which we need to join up, but other than that, it is basically a blank canvas.

Now I can see why artists find it so difficult to make the first brush stroke. I spend ages wandering around in circles trying to figure out where to begin and I am still not altogether happy with what I found. With big open spaces all around, I was looking up and down the hill and seeing all sorts of possibilities but which is the right one?

Anyway, lots more walking around in circles will be done before any final decisions are made.



One response

25 04 2010

The Glenrock walk was sweet. The new section looks pretty good and Nic had some good input on tweaking some other bits.

Good to see the NPWS getting in there with trail works though, the new stuff should be awesome, with more to come.

I’ll tell you what though, that was my first physical activity (I use that term loosely) in a while and I am absolutely stuffed. I wouldn’t have thought walking down shit happens and back up BJ’s could be so physically demanding.

Actually a tip for those who like to walk in the rain, don’t walk through the middle of first quarry in the rain. Thay clay sucks your shoes straight off your feet.

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