The Parky Run

On On: Outside the Parkerville Tavern, Parkerville
Hare: Effigy

The hare opened with some excuse that he hadn’t gone to much effort. What followed was a torturous, agonising near-hour-long ordeal across most of the Perth scarp. (Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating, but it felt like it!)

Walkers initially touched upon a bit of the runners trail, then skirted down to the bridle path (old train line, gravelly trail, what-have-you) and headed back up to Home.  Kids had a bit of a play in the puddles (probably the last puddles we’ll see for the year) and Tumbletoes managed to wangle a few minutes of play on the playground out of Mrs Wobbly.

Runners did some introductory skirting around the Parky area, then skipped up around the primary school and over Brooking Road into the public forest.  We broke out on the far side (Oxley Road, perhaps) and the hare did a marvellous job of confounding the pack, who were continually turning for home, only to be thwarted and forced further and further westwards. At last we found the telltale stretch for home, bulleting down a steep gravel accessway and reaching the railway reserve. (Actually, now I think about it, the trail actually followed the road for quite a while, but Yowie and and I had found ourselves on the bridle trail, and we stuck to it.)

Walkers ahead was a sure sign we were on the right track, and sure enough Home was not far off.

A few fines were given out in the circle, nothing contentious or scandalous.

That’s it. All photos (and several now added to “the hobbit run”) thanks to Tickhead.

On On,
El Keeno


5 Responses to “The Parky Run”

  1. Pink Bits
    Pink Bits October 1, 2012 at 3:44 pm #

    I hear that the pub was opened on Sunday… Did anyone venture in ?????
    Apparently it’s been painted white inside..not at all in keeping with the era it was built in…shame

  2. Yowie October 2, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Yep I went in to catch up with the owner/publican. It was my regular watering hole in the 80’s and 90’s.

  3. Pink Bits
    Pink Bits October 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    Hey Yowie…
    Was it ok or were you dissapointed ?……. my son’s initials are carved in there somewhere and his photo’s were on a wall too… BUT that was ages ago when it was a great place to be. ( 2007 ). we must talk.. !!!
    See you next week….
    Cheers Mate…

    Pink BIts x

  4. Yowie October 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Hey Pink Bits,

    I had my first LEGAL drink in a pub at the Parky in 1972 (giving away my age 🙂 ), so I have seen many changes. The current renovations date from when the back bar was gutted by fire in the late 90’s. (BTW the publicans name at the time was Carson, and most of the locals dropped the ‘C’ from his name ;-). Hopefully I will be at the next run – take care Yowie

  5. Made Muffin
    Made Muffin October 7, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    It was a great walk, enjoyed every bit of it, posted some nice photos on Facebook, as I wasn’t sure if I could put them on here.