Hiking the Coast Track - Day 2
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August 9th, 2009 – by: Connie
By the time we ate breakfast and packed up, it was roughly 10am. We set off inland only to realize that we accidentally wandered on to the service trail and we had to double back. We only lost about a half hour though so it was no worries. We hiked up and down the next two headlands before making a long decent down to Gaerie beach. This place was more populated than the first half of the track, mainly due to the road and parking lot next to Gaerie beach.
Since it was low tide we decided to continue on the track that followed the base of the cliff instead of climbing up and over the headlands. The high ground was just more grassy hills and we thought the change of scenery would be nice. It was rocky footing, and I had to hustle to keep up with my friends, but it was a great change from the day before.
After stopping for lunch at the last beach, we started the long march up over the last big hill. The trail took us away from the coast and into the Palm Jungle full of palms and other trees making for a more shaded and cooler afternoon. Well, not really cooler since I broke quite the sweat dragging my tired legs up that last ascent. My backpack straps were starting to really dig into my shoulders and my lower back was getting tired. Every corner we took we said "look, almost at the top!", only to find yet another set of steps around the bend. It was the ascent that wouldn't end.
Eventually we did make it to the finish line and we even got to the train station about 5 minutes just before the train arrived. Good thing too cuz the town of Otford turned out not to be much of a town at all.
Two days and 27 kilometers later we totaled two burns, a twisted ankle, and a bump on the back of my head. In all, it was a superb weekend.
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