Today as walk number 7, we did walk 17 in the book. Mt lofty, so everyone said its such a nice cycle and lots of people visit it. Not a bad idea to check it out huh? We caught the 1130 bus to get to Crafers, and google told us we had to wait 31 minutes to catch the bus to the summit, which then went to the base so we could start the walk. After deciding there ware no lunch options at Crafers we decided to walk to the summit and decide from there. So we walked what we thought was a steep, main track to the summit. It was a main track if your a fast car, there is no where to walk if your a pedestrian or peds if you read the yellow signs 'be aware of peds, cyclists and wildlife'
We walked 3.7km to the summit of mt lofty, seeing mt lofty house (very nice) and narrowly avoiding being hit by cars and/or slipping over in the drain pipe we walked through which has a constant stream of water. we didn't see any other walkers.
We reached the summit and wow, what a view, yet again the pictures don't capture it, on a clear day like today you can see kangaroo island! There were heaps of people at the top too, howd they get there?? We went inside to see if we could work if we could salvage our walk AND catch a bus that would get us home. Adelaide bus system needs some work, and if we missed the 430 bus, we would have to camp out as the next one left at 10am the next morning! We went to the very helpful information desk and asked if there were any other ways home. She told us to take the 4.2km waterfall gully walk back down, walk to burnside and catch the bus from there. No problem, we are good walkers! Off we went looking for waterfall gully walk- ohh that's where all the people were coming from!
Oh my god, walking up the backside of mt lofty is nothing compared to walking down her front! It's a one long, steep decline that just doesn't give up. We actually felt for the masses of walkers and runners coming up! We started run keeper at this point, 46.45 steep decline, burning thighs minutes later we made it to the bottom. For a change, there actually is a few water falls on the track as well as a stream that flows in a gully. It was 4.25 km walk down.
At the bottom we saw a very beautiful street where the gully stream ran through the front gardens of their front yards. Very very pretty area. Little did we know the bus stop at the end of the street and right at the round about was 5km away- one hour later we made it to the bus- ahh so nice to sit down.
We need to catch a connecting bus in the city, but we got sick of waiting for it after it was 10 minutes late so we walked home from the city.
Our walk number 7 (17 in the book) which was a medium 4.2km return trip that is supposed to take 2 hours, turned into a 17km trip taking 5 hours. I think our thighs will remind us of their ordeal tomorrow!! But the walk was worth it.