Nine intrepid mid-week walkers set off on a pleasant morning to walk the Goulburn River tracks from Pyke Rd to Mooroopna.
Luckily the track was mostly shady as, before long, the sun had a bit of heat in it.
This also meant that birds and animals were few and far between.
We were fortunate, however, to see treecreepers, a kingfisher, kookaburras, wood ducks and cockatoos.
The 6km walk was easy going on the flat and the walk to Mooroopna took about an hour and a half.
Bill and Beats was happy to see so many customers come in at once and we were all grateful for the refreshing lattes, iced-coffees and milkshakes.
During our break one of the walkers regaled us with stories about her trips on ‘‘steam rail’’.
None of us had heard of this before, but these are tours on authentically restored steam trains with beautiful timber panelled carriages and some with Edwardian pressed-tin work on the ceilings.
Some trains are up to 127 years old. And some have sleepers and a licensed car.
Various tours are conducted across the state. (See steamrail.com.au for more information.)
Two walkers left us in Mooroopna and the rest of the group returned via an unintentional shorter route.
Yes we lost our way getting out of Mooroopna and had to walk alongside the railway track to rejoin the original river track to Pyke Rd.
After about 45 minutes we found a beautiful spot overlooking the river where we stopped to have our lunch.
We were fortunate to spot a turtle rising to the surface of the water every now and then.
The weather was now quite warm, about 34°C, and we decided to move on to get out of the heat of the day.
We were all relieved to see our cars and get into the air-conditioning.
Thank you Richard for the planning and leading of this walk.
It was another lovely day out with the mid-week walkers.
— Ellen Sanders