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Julimar to Bolgart

Canola

The good news is that the Trail has survived the recent heavy rain and is in great condition. The flowers and wildlife are out in abundance. Two Emu took off like rockets just in front of us and several small ‘Roos hopped across out path too, which was both thrilling and kept us on the alert for more! However, one of the tracks we checked out – Heine Rd – was badly fissured by the rains and I would think it is too dangerous for recreational walkers. But the Pilgrim Trail route is in “great nick”!

Further out in the country, the fields are awash with vast splashes of yellow Canola with it’s distinctive scent, and great swathes of fresh green from the young wheat. It looks stunning!

Bulligan

We then went on to Bolgart which on first impressions looked a tad forlorn – even the Pub was shut! But then we met Lester Snooke and his good lady and they were a delight to meet and very interested in the trail and informative about some of Bolgarts historical figures like Captain Scully. Lester’s Dad also walked the Camino Salvado last year, so the link was already established. I am very excited about the important part Bolgart will play in futre years as the numbers of walkers increases and the need for local hospitality is met by the good people of that little town.

Welcome to Bolgart

Then it was back up Bolgart West Road and Old Plains Road to finsih some trail marking then finally we headed for home, a nice hot shower and a hot cuppa!

PS The rains have also brought out the Mozzies so do remember your insect repellent. Mozzies bite and Mozzies buzz, but they are also a vector for some very unpleasant diseases. So repel them before they upset you.

Happy walking!

The Trail Head

It’s been a busy time gearing up for the two Camino Salvados from Subiaco to New Norcia and Clive, our intrepid trail marker has managed to put up some of the markers along the way. This is a bigger challenge that one would anticipate as each “territory”we move through has it’s own ideas of how to to it … and a plethora of rules to abide by too. But in the vast majority of cases everyone involved has been kind and helpful.
We also had a great meeting with the head of the newly formed Department of Parks WA – DPWA – and are hoping to develop some great initiatives with them in the future.
I also had a wonderful meeting with the organizer of the Black Swan Arts Award who suggested that next year we take a group of artists along the trail and then ask them to interpret their experience in the visual art of their choice. Then we would hold an exhibition to showcase their talents … and the Trail of course!
Herbert Smith Freehills – the law firm – have been extraordinarily generous with their help on the legal side of things and we own them a huge vote of thanks for all their work.
Finally, we caught up with the walkers on this years walk up in the Chittering Valley and delivered some goodies to keep their energy levels up. Their spirits need no boosting: they are having a WONDERFUL experience despite the frequent deluges of rain that have failed to dampen their enthusiasm. May their happy memories last a lifetime.

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A few of the “happy campers” enjoying a well deserved break.

AND FINALLY WE ARE GOING TO GET OUR TRAILHEAD

It’s going to be inlaid into the forecourt at the front of St Josephs Church, Salvado Road, Subiaco – so hopefully I’ll post a picture of it in my next posting.

August 2013 – Recent Board Meeting

Progress!

At our last Board Meeting it was resolved that we appoint a commercial operator to run walking groups for the PTF. The successful candidate was Inspiration Outdoors, a husband and wife team who are committed to the idea, telling it’s story and protecting the environment all at the same time!
Their link appears on the right hand side.
We also asked Clive McIntyre to go ahead and order the Logo signs of the trail and mark the trail before this years first Camino Salvado which happens in a couple of weeks.

Trail Marker

Projects for the next few months and for next year include:

Upgrading the Webpage to reflect the greater demands of more walkers.
Applying for funding to provide “cross-over” stiles in fence lines where appropriate.
Develop plans for celebrating the Bicentenary of Bishop Rosenda Slavado which occur in 2014.

We have also decided to support the development of the “Piazza Salvado” at the front of St Josephs Church in Subiaco where we will erect a suitable, temporary symbol of the trail head for the Pilgrim Trail. Our expectations are that in the next 5 to 10 years we may need to find a more suitable site nearby that will be able to accommodate the increasing numbers, and not clash with the activities of an already very busy Parish. The City of Subiaco have been excellent partners in our development and we look forward to building on that relationship as the local Councils merge in the next 12 months.