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How Hiking The Bellarine Rail Trail Challenged Me

Standard, August 9, 2015, samlcook, 0 Views 0 Comments

Last Friday I set out with a very clear purpose: Walk further than I ever have in one day.

The walk that I’m organising means that me (and some other like-minded people) will be walking 40km in one day. So, to make that as enjoyable (and pain-free!) as possible, I know I need to get as many km’s in as possible before then.

My best one day effort until last Friday hovered somewhere around the 25/25km mark, so anything over that and I’d have been happy.

Final result? A whopping 29km!!

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Where: The gorgeous (and mostly flat) Bellarine Rail Trail, leaving from Curlewis Road/Portarlington-Geelong Road, walked just under 15km, then walked back to car.

Round-up: This part of the trail very quickly opens up to rolling countryside on each side of the track – making you feel far away from anywhere.

At Drysdale station I got a bit lost – to avoid making the same mistake as I did, keep the station on your right as you walk along.

There are a few crossroads – which cars travel very fast along, so take care. The crossroad at Drysdale is on a busy road, so a little patience is needed.

At about the 15-20km mark I hit the wall big time. This happens every time – and once I was at about the 25km mark I got my stride again and felt like I was almost at a jog at some points. I put this down to having the finish point in my sights! (ie it’s mostly a mental test of my endurance).

If you haven’t walked (or cycled) this trail I highly recommend it – as well as lovely scenery, its either bitumen, or solid compacted gravel for the most part – perfect for even the kids to ride on.

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To find out more about what I’m doing with The Hunger Project Australia, and WHY, head to my fundraising page.

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