So today I walked from Cowan Station to Brooklyn, or more specifically The Hawkesbury River Railway Station. Thought it was only going to take two-and-a-half hours. Ended up taking roughly five hours, though only slightly less than four hours of that was walking. Had to rest a few times due to the tyranny of having to move uphill on some.. well, not the steepest of climbs, but steep climbs nonetheless.
This was meant to be a fun, easy walk. It was meant to be something of which could be considered… wait. Wasn’t expecting easy, but the understanding was that it was not a difficult walk. The uphills were difficult. Really took it right out of me. And so on. Not fun.
The flats were fun. But those uphills were horrible. Maybe I’m not as fit as I was hoping I would be. Probably not as fit as I was hoping I would be. However, yeah. Not fun. Still, with perseverance my walking buddy and I got through the tough bits. It took time, but once we were on the flats we made up for the lost time by moving much quicker, though at that stage the damage had already been done and so we still were a fair distance from finishing the walk when it became all flats.
To clarify, I mean mostly some sort of road trail. Not quite fire trail, but more of an access road in order to service some of the transmission towers in the area. I think they’re transmission towers, but they might just be power poles.
Anyway, it was a bit of a slog but we made good time once we hit the open trail as it was much easier on the legs and much easier to do the walk. We were doing really well and getting through at a steady pace and eventually we got near the end of the track. What faced us at the end was much worse than the steep climbs.
We had a steep incline of what may have been concrete road. It was “rippled”, or “corrugated”. Not sure which. It was steep and our knees did not enjoy the descent. Very rough.
Still, we did it. It took longer than we’d hoped, but we did it. Once off the track, we took a wrong turn and added probably an extra kilometre to the journey. Not fun.
Now, with all of that being said, I’m glad I did the walk. It was satisfying in many parts. It was also a good challenge. Probably would’ve been much easier if I was fitter than I currently am, but you win some, you lose some. Despite my griping… yeah. Happy I did the walk. However, I am also happy to never do the walk again.
Whilst I found certain parts enjoyable, it’s not a walk I feel I need to experience again. Oh well.
Anyway, that’s my tired bit of writing for today. Decent walk, but once was certainly more than enough.
The time it took to write five-hundred words: 08:47:32
I think this may have been better had I waited until tomorrow to write about the track.
Written at home.