I decided to go for a drive to the Eastern forests of Victoria (Yarra Ranges, LaTrobe State Forest) and go hiking for a few hours as i’d worked quite late until 2:30am this morning and needed to get out.I drove to Noojee and went up one of the tracks i know up there and intended on taking a link track to where i was going to go hiking.
There was a a bit of bad weather here last weekend and trees were blown over everywhere. I got through most of them and had to move some, pull out the axe on others but a few i couldn’t move and they scratched my 4WD LandCruiser pretty badly. These new “Pin Stripes” i have now acquired should polish out, but i got to a point where there was a large tree across the track and i had to turn around.
And of course my digital SLR camera had a flat battery coz i’ve worked so many weekends and late nights i haven’t charged it up or the spare battery. So no photos.
So i go to plan B and take the alternate track and i get half-way down this, at times, steep track and the rain had washed away a lot of it. I got through most of that, but my 4WD has stock suspension (a lift kit is on my list of things to do) and after i walked down the track for about 1km, i found washouts that i would have got stuck on/in.
I had to turn around and go back through all of the downed trees i’d been through (more scratches) and back on to the main track. 2 hours wasted!
Luckily after about another 40 minutes i stopped to have a chat to two blokes that were chainsawing yet another tree from blocking the track i was on and they told me not to go down Starvation Creek Track as there was a really big tree blocking it three quarters of the way down. And that’s where i was going to go too, so i stayed on the track i was on.
My original plan was to come back via Neerim South after my hiking, but i ended up going home via East Warburton.
A very interesting day.