Great Ocean Walk 2016 Training

Woke early and prepared for a training walk with some fellow participants of the Great Ocean Walk #GORW2016. The walk was to meet at Simpsons Falls, Mt Coot-tha and walk a few tracks in this reserve that contained all types of track difficulty to assess the fitness of the other walkers.

With #gavinswaterbottle in tow we started following the track beside West Ithaca Creek as it ascended up the small valley passing Simpsons Falls on the Simpsons Falls Track. On this stretch a couple of rest stops were made to allow the slower walkers a chance to get their breath and be warmed up. Upon reaching the bridge, we crossed West Ithaca Creek and followed the Euginea track across to the Powerful Owl track and then took the descent down to Silky Oak Car Park then walked along the road back to Simpsons Falls for morning tea.

After morning tea, went back up the Simpsons Falls Track but this time turned right onto the Stringybark Trail and ascended to Sir Samuel Griffith Drive. We then crossed this road and ascended towards Paten Road, The Gap on Maculate Track. This track contoured around the hill, so on the other end, meeting the Bardon Trail and then took this track back over the top of the summit, past a communication tower and back to Sir Samuel Griffith Drive, then followed our footsteps back on the Stringybark Track and Simpsons Falls Track to the Simpsons Falls Day Use Area.

Total distance walked 10 km. Further details of the walk at

Upon arriving back at home, proceeded to upload photos from the walk to social media (well, OK, one photo which had already been posted at the time from the track). I also posted the link to the MapMyHike so the others could have an idea of where the walk went.

The rest of the day was catching up on housework – catch up, more like I wish the washing machine was fully automatic!

Watched the #Rio2016 Olympics highlights and then off to bed for work in the morning.

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