Saturday 1 October
Jan had messaged me back in June re joining her and Joc to walk the Border Track from O'Reilly's to Binna Burra, a total of 21.4 km. I was visiting my son in Canada at the time, but we set a date for Saturday 17 September. Several days prior we had had several days of very heavy rain and the decision was made to delay the adventure by 2 weeks.
Yesterday the forecast was for patches of light rain and, as we have been warned it is going to be a summer of rain thanks to El Nino, we decided not to postpone again. We arrived at O'Reilly's at 8.30 am. It was a 2 1/2 hour drive for Jan.
Coffee and cake enjoyed, we excitedly set off down the dry track. Jan's husband was meeting us at Binna Burra to transport us home. A meeting time of approximately 4 pm was made.
It wasn't to be. We had fellow hikers passing us, and all as sodden as we. Everyone felt cheated by the weather forecast.
We met hikers coming from Binna Burra and we learnt that we still hadn't reached halfway. My GPS had stopped working in the cold. Eerie gusts of wind often sent cascades of rain droplets into our faces to keep us 'cheerful', when it wasn't bucketing down with rain.
1.11pm - the halfway marker reached! At the pace we were making, our 4 pm deadline with Tony wasn't going to be made. Thankfully Joc's phone was able to message Tony that we were okay, just delayed.