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Published: January 30th 2011
I met my walking partner outside a small country pub in Manoora on the way to old Burra Rd at about 8am on what looked like a nice day. It was decided that I would leave my vehicle on The Old Burra Rd not far from the Morgan Whyalla pipeline and then we would drive from there to the start point on Worlds End Gorge Road.
The walk started well, the country side was native bush and was pleasant with signs of native wildlife and birds visible as we followed the Burra Gorge Creek through the Hallelujah Hills. The time went by quickly as my co walker and I swapped our histories and stories about our lives, he seemed suprised at how well travelled I am and we were able to discuss the sights and shopping bargains in places like Esphahan and Doha.
After a couple of hours we emerged from the trees on a hilltop and realised we had over shot the trail by about a kilometre and decended back to the track after enjoying a relaxing lunch. We then followed the fence line for a time before crossing some open fields and emerging on Koo - owie
The weather turned nasty here and we were forced to walk through a grain field in pouring rain, the last couple of kilometres were treacherous and I rolled an ankle and got thoroughly drenched befor emerging at the car.
We then drove to where the Burra - Morgan Road intersects with Eastern Rd left the car and walked the final three or so kilometres into Burra admiring the town nestled in its bowl from the ridge top before decending into the township. Burra has some beautiful old houses which I admired as we followed the river to my hotel.
As I checked into my hotel my walking companion went and got his car from his hotel and took me back to my car, we agreed to meet at the Indonesian Restaurant in Burra's main street for dinner later. I have a nice room which is cheap at $50 considering breakfast was included. My friend and his wife returned an hour or so later and we went and visited some other walkers that were doing legs up around Burra, they were staying in one of the historic B&B nearby.
Later we had dinner which wasnt to bad before I retired to my room. I will be starting around 6.30 in the morning to complete the leg from Burra Gorge Rd to where we left the car the previous day.
The walk on the sunday was a long slog along dirt roads, apart from the odd Kangaroo the scenery was dull and the rained squalled in and away most of the day. I also think I twisted my knee the previous day and by the end of the walk I was in some pain. I returned by companion to his wife in Burra before bidding him farewell and returning to Adelaide.
I had a great weekend and completed two more legs of the Heysen Trail, apart from two sections I have now walked all the way from Cape Jervios to Burra.
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