It is with great sadness that I must report that we witnessed a tragic death on today’s hike. The moth was fluttering around as normal, alighted on a leaf, seemingly posing patiently for Mr R’s camera, and then… died!
26 hikers, many younger newbies and visitors, assembled at the start point on a pleasantly cool, breezy, overcast morning. They were warned of the hike’s many junctions and were asked to stay close to one of today’s three leaders, in faster and slower groups. As usual, they did not heed the leaders’ advice, instead all choosing to stay together in one group for the entire hike, keeping up a good pace (in some cases mainly to keep warm) throughout, and completing the 9.15 kms (with 563m elevation gain/loss) in 3 hrs 42 mins, at a respectable 2.47 kms/hr (including the lunch break), a speed which seemed to be at least partly due to the lack of regular Sunday
During the hike we met an old friend on his way to do some mountain bike trail maintenance. And almost at the end we bumped into two ex regulars who had decided to join us for the last few millimetres of the hike after getting up late. Most of us then visited the nearby Neo cafe for coffees, exotic ice concoctions, pizza toast, sausages and fries, while one unsatiated hiker decided to do the whole hike again in the reverse direction (in less than 2 hrs) – lost your keys, Mr R?
Thanks to Jim, Maurice and Richard for gps data and photos, and to Peter and Kurt for sheepdog duties. If anyone else has photos to add, please email them. I forgot to take my camera.
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