By Adrian | November 6, 2018
So in about a months time, I have an epic week of hiking taking in the Alpine regions in both Victoria and NSW, so I am starting to “train” knowing that there will be a few big days ahead.
That being said, I recently completed Mt Juliet which was a good incline primer, but I know one of the days we have planned is a 30km behemoth so I need to get some distance in the legs now. Going from the relatively short walks I had been doing to a 20km walk probably wasn’t the best idea as a warm up, even if this was a walk I have done a few times comfortably in the past, but now im going to regret it for the next few days. I probably should have pulled out at the Seville Carriage Cafe and got the bus home from there.
The walk I decided to tackle was a chunk of the Warburton Trail. This is a 40km track that stretches from Lilydale through to Warburton. I am lucky in that I can join onto this track with a short walk from my house. I walked through to Woori Yallock which is roughly the 1⁄2 way point of the trail in around three and a half hours. The terrain is mostly flat with a slight incline heading up to Mt Evelyn and a sharper decline going towards Wandin. More information about the trail can be by visiting https://www.yarravalleypoint.com.au/attractions/warburton-trail/
The one drawback is the bus schedule. The return bus home is hourly, and you guessed it, I missed it by a few minutes. I should probably save the bus schedule to my phone so I can adjust the walk on the fly. But it was OK – the extra break was welcome.
This is a preparation walk I am hoping to do twice more before the trip.