220-East Gippsland Rail Trail here I come!

Show notes

In mid 2022 when I found my chosen hiking trail for my mid year trip ended up being closed for longer than was planned I needed to pivot and find a new adventure. I was looking for a roughly 4-5 day, 100k trip and also one that I could get to without it being a travel nightmare. Rail Trails have always been on my bucket list but after spending a bit of time searching for a replacement trip I came up with the East Gippsland Rail Trail in eastern Victoria to suit my needs.

In this podcast episode, the first of three for this trail, we look at my expectations for this trip and discuss logistical issues prior to starting. Episode 221 will then bring you interviews from the trail and finally episode 222 with provide a final wrap up to see how my pre trip expectations and the actually reality of this trip matched up.

Podcast Overview

In this podcast episode we discuss what to consider when choosing socks for hiking:

  • Episode introduction (time index 0:02:47)
    • Why am I doing this trip?
    • Is this real hiking? (time index 0:04:33)
    • Logistics (time index 0:05:20)
      • Weather conditions
        • Rain!
        • Temperatures 7-16 degrees cells over the 4 days
      • Transport options to and from trailhead
        • What are the options and what did I choose?
      • Accomodation
        • Tent or B & B
      • Equipment (time index 0:10:55)
      • Trail surface (time index 0:12:33)
        • Sealed and fine gravel
      • Proposed distances (time index 0:13:07)
        • indicative
          • Day 1 – 30km
          • Day 2 – 9.2km
          • Day 3 – 25.7km
          • Day 4 – 30.5km
    • What am I excepting to see? (time index 0:15:26)
      • People
      • Old Rail infrastructure
      • Bushland
    • Return to Orbost logistics (time index 0:17:03)
    • Last words (time index 0:18:25)
  • Bloopers (time index 0:21:02)
  • Close (time index 0:21:29)

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