Hallett, South Australia, Australia
time : Sep 26, 2022 8:56 AM
duration : 6h 7m 9s
distance : 24.5 km
total_ascent : 415 m
highest_point : 673 m
avg_speed : 4.5 km/h
user_id : sarahc
user_firstname : Sarah
user_lastname : C
Today is the first day of a section hike back in the Mid-North section of the Heysen. I’ll be doing some with Annette and some solo. As there was nowhere we felt safe pitching our tents, we decided to do a two car shuffle and stay in Spalding overnight. So after an early departure from home we were leaving one car at Hacklins Corner Rd and then made our way back to the Hallett Railway station hikers hut to pick up where we left off in May.
We were expecting wind and rain and we got both! The clouds were low and grey, and that wind was icy, so the raincoats went on early and stayed on! The first few km’s flew by as Annette as I hit the flat country roads and talked and talked. Things in our everyday lives are so busy this year that we haven’t caught up as much as usual, so two days of hiking together soon would fix that!
Once we started heading up to the hills the scenery became very pleasant and we soon found ourselves surrounded by those massive wind turbines. They make a noise like an idling airplane engine to my ear.
The day’s walk was not particularly challenging in any way other than its length. I haven’t walked 25km in quite some time so the old hip flexors and glutes felt it by the end of the day!
Getting up to Whisting Trig was invigorating- the scenery and the wind! There is no way you’d want to pitch your tent and stay up there! We were very happy to keep walking along the ridge line, admiring the longest dry stone wall which is still standing (in various states) in SA. The determination and tenacity of settlers and farmers never ceases to amaze me. So very admirable.
We soon found ourselves dropping back down the hill and the welcome sight of my car waiting for us was great to see. How nice to get in the warm car out of the wind, knowing there was a pub meal, a cheeky bevy and a warm bed waiting for us!
It was great to get back on trail.