Casuarina Sands to Pine Is.
Distance: 26.00 km
Walking time: 5 hrs 16 mins 39 secs
Total time: 6 hrs 22 mins
Walk rate: 12' 11" per km
Weather: beautiful day, temp range 9-17 degrees, humidity 65% down to 40%, wind calm
Week: 97.7 km, Sept: 136.6 km, Year: 3258.1 km
It takes a lot to get bus drivers motivated to move anywhere under their own physical power.
A few week's ago, some of us decided to follow the track beside the Murrumbidgee River from Casuarina Sands near the Cotter to Point Hut. There is a defined well marked trail that follows reasonably close to the river and mostly has markers every 200 metres showing distance travelled.
We met at 8:00 am on a perfect day. Those that competed in the Canberra Times Fun Run would testify to the nice weather conditions.
The trail starts near the bridge and heads southerly, almost no deviation in direction. Some how, we managed to lose the trail after the first few kms to find ourselves nowhere near the river and near some horse paddocks.
We eventually found the main trail, and a km sign indicated we added around 3 kms in distance. This meant we didn't have to go on to Point Hut to finish, and could finish at Pine Is. Excellent !!
Lunch at Kambah Pool where Mrs TF met us to refuel & ditch the extra clothes for the cooler start.
Lovely day now, sun shining as we set off on the easier section past the Tuggeranong rock wall to the Pine Is reserve.
A top day out, a very undulating track, rocky, sandy & rough mostly, very few flat places. The scenery was wonderful and well worth the effort.
Plenty of chat to take away from the sore legs, it's tougher than you think.
Planning on our next walk, probably in early November as school holidays in October will upset the plans.