I feel emotional when I remember my recent walk to the source of the Derwent River. I had promised to write the stories and post them within days, but since returning I have felt overwhelmed by my breathtaking and wonderful experience and afraid to start writing. In addition, I claimed to have walked the majority of the river’s length and I was afraid the claim was unfounded.
Today I have made the calculations and posted an update on the pages ‘How far have I walked’, ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ , and ‘The inspiration for my walk’ . To summarise, while I had hoped the number would have been closer to 100%, the fact is I have covered a smidgin over 2/3rds of the 215 km length of the Derwent River.
Of the remaining 70 kms, by my reckoning approximately 25 kms can be achieved relatively easily across farming or forestry land subject to permissions. However, the remaining trackless, uncleared densely forested 45 kms of river edges may be a challenge I cannot rise to. Blog followers may recall reading my earlier post Where is the source of the Derwent River? which introduced George Frankland’s discovery party’s finding that some of the bush between the area now known as Lake Repulse Dam (which did not exist when he was around in the early 19th century) and Butlers Gorge provoked a huge effort for grown men to cover little distance. The landscape hasn’t changed since then.
Regardless, and as usual, my plan will be to continue walking. But before then, I will share new posts and photos taken during my recent walks. As a taster, the photos below shows forest and ferns in the Lake King William vicinity.