After my last big walk, following the route of the Outer Circle Railway, I asked whether my next walk should be along the route of the long ago disused Rosstown Railway (actually, a train never ran on it) or the banks of Merri Creek. Merrie Creek was the peoples' choice and so I plan to start it this week, around a year or more later.
How great is our London friend Marie, who has walked east to west across England, the length of The Thames and is now walking the areas of every Tube station in London. Marie is fit. I am not, so I will break my walk into digestible strolls for me where I can go and get home using public transport. Merri Creek joins Melbourne's major river, the Yarra and maybe I will then walk into the city along the Yarra. That bit would not be hard.
For me it won't be nearly as interesting as following old railway lines where I look for history and remnants. This will be more nature based I think. We shall see, won't we. Err, beginning point is somewhere near Gowrie Station. Where is that exactly? Oh. It is there! Dorothy will not be in Kansas and well out of her comfort zone. There will be bad men with guns and snakes to avoid. Hmm, how bad are the men and what would they do to me?
Later: Well, I began the walk by travelling to Gowrie Station and then catching the 530 bus to the starting point near at Mahoney's Road. I had worked out if the walk was arduous or uninteresting, I would break the journey at Mathieson Street and catch the train back to town from Merlynston Station, or if I had made good time and felt ok, I would continue to Gaffney Street, Coburg and catch the train from Batman Station. I could have even stopped at Barkers Road and caught the 19 tram. But no. The sun was blazing hot and while I did eventually find a seat in the shade for a break, once I restarted my feet started to feel sore after walking for two hours and I broke off and caught the train back to town from Merlynston Station.
Frankly, the walk was quite uninteresting but as I will continue on to town in the future, it will become better. I will post a few photos from this first stretch in time.
In spite of the links above, which I know people will miss, Marie's website is here and her walks website is here.