Walking the Bells Line of Road
18-20 October 2017
I walked the Bells Line of Road from Richmond to Bell from 18 to 20 October. This road was originally a walking track used by the Dharug people. In 1823 two Dharug men guided a young Archibald Bell Jr from Richmond to Bell and this became an alternative route across the Blue Mountains. It was a fantastic walk and my path was lined with lovely and helpful people. There are no footpaths (sidewalks) so I walked the shoulder of the road and sometimes the offside of the guard rail. It's a narrow and often steep road with a constant flow of traffic, enormous trucks. Despite the dangers my pedestrian experience of this country was truly unique. My walk was cut short by a soaking rain however I'm planning another long walk in the not too distant future. A special thank you to David of stoned.com.au for the lovely cup of tea and chat on his verandah, to the abseiling group who gave me water and Josh, the young man who gave me a ride the last two kilometres to Bell train station.