DOUBLE SET OF CORNERS-Bye Worzel

When Godfrey set off a tramping, out beyond the Imber Ranges, he left at cool of morning hitching…..was out on the roadside as the dawn chorus sang.    He was headed up the track known as “Double Set of Corners”, from a town so remote folk still peered out the drapes at passing strangers, and still got excited when their telephones rang. ..As it worked out a shepard gave Godfrey a ride, and days work moving sheep up valley side, he rode on the truck with skinny, eager collies, and another week of labor in the lamb shearing shed- now again was mid morning , deep bracken fern trail side, hours of pleasant climbing , Double Set Of Corners Hut miles ahead.

He found poetry in the pace  of his boots in sand and shingle, the clink and jingle, of something deep inside his pack, and the map he brought to follow, to the spring at Fugitive Hollow, a mere formality.  For Godfrey’ venturing off trail was not a risk, but joyous discovery.       He tramped the track known as “Double set Of Corners”, legend has it named by drovers herding cattle to the coast. And on narrow Fernhill Saddle, a steep, stony bend, with another just below,  long ago send a reckless, young cowhand to his end….

On those high, lonely ridges the wise tramper knows- stay warm in the hut, write in your journal, read a book when the cold, wet, cruel Southerly blows.   Godfrey stood on the summit of the lovely Imber Ranges, sweat cooled his back, he shook a pebble from his boot, in no hurry on this warm day to complete the long trek down, down from the track known as “Double Set Of Corners”, to the next beautiful track, beyond the next remote town…

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4 thoughts on “DOUBLE SET OF CORNERS-Bye Worzel

  1. “He found poetry in the pace of his boots in sand and shingle, the clink and jingle, of something deep inside his pack, and the map he brought to follow, to the spring at Fugitive Hollow, a mere formality;” amazing poetry that captures the sensations I enjoyed backpacking in the Sierra Nevadas when my legs and spirit were young and strong. You took me back with this one, Sheila, to a happy time when I shared a wee bit of Godfrey’s spirit.

  2. Happy to have set you back on the trail, Janet, and to fully understand how you feel- the one thing I miss the most is heading out, feeling I could tramp and climb forever. When I have a rumbustious week, as this one was, a nudge from Godfrey and slurp of water from the tap- takes me away, better than “Calgon”…Thanks for the read!

  3. Possums invaded a hut once on a track- I hiked 8 hours to the next one, following valleys, looking back now, up-town is a long way..you must have had days like that to, but oh the joy of reaching camp!!

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