On Friday evening we had arrived at our overnight destination in mild, clear conditions. Not so the following morning when the walkers reconvened to begin the final day of our adventure - a 50km walk through Geelong, down the Bellarine Rail Trail and along the beach to Barwon Heads.
In the pre-dawn darkness and with rain falling steadily, we gathered at the Waterfront before setting off at 6am on the shortest leg of our journey; a 2.7km trek up Moorabool Street to the banks of the Barwon where breakfast was available for those who needed it.
|Walking circle at the Barwon River, Geelong|
|The Barwon a dawn|
This was one of the longest stages of the walk, covering over 10km up the hill from Geelong to Christies Road in Leopold along the Bellarine Rail Trail. By the time we arrived, the weather had finally cleared and the Leopold Football Club had the snags on the barbie so I had a sausage in bread and sat down to attend to the crop of blisters I was already cultivating on my feet.
|The living walking circle at Leopold|
|Scouts who carried the canoe from Leopold to Drysdale|
|Drysdale walking circle|
|Centre piece of the Drysdale walking circle|
|Walking circle at the Marine Discovery Centre, Queenscliff|
Once there however, there was time to dress my blisters once again - a process which it seemed was of interest to at least two photographers!
And then we were off again. This time the canoe was being carried by a group of crossing supervisors - the only group I am aware of who came with a name.
|Lollipop Lollipop carrying the canoe to Point Lonsdale|
|The mayor of the Borough of Queenscliffe and flag-bearers heading to Point Lonsdale|
|Surf lifesavers prepare to escort the canoe to Ocean Grove|
|Point Lonsdale walking circle|