The road is quite an achievement, when you consider that it was built in the 1820s by convicts under the supervision of other convicts.
They have a rather intricate system of drainage as well which must have worked well to survive almost 200 years of torrential Aussie rainstorms. Along the route, of which about 5 KM is well preserved, they have small monuments that share stories of the people that built the road.
They also have a number of silhouette statues along the way which are very effective to show small, life-sized vignettes of life during that time.
This small area under an overhang is called the hangman's seat. The story is that the hole you can see in the overhang was a convenient place through which to hang people. They don't believe that anyone was every hanged here though. I think it would be pretty easy to escape!
The trail forks into several other routes which cater to bicyclists, hikers and 4wders.
Finches line is very beautifual as well, and I suspect not much travelled. The scenery and greenery is almost overwhelming.
At the top of the walk, the trail runs along an escarpment that overlooks the Hawkesbury River. This offers a beautifual view of the river and Wiseman's Ferry.
AS we prepare to move to Australia and start to learn about 'walk-abouts', we decided to prepare by doing a walk about in Keji. Normally, we do a canoe-about, but the wind was a bit too strong and we did not want to have a blow-about on Keji Lake.
Keji is well sign posted, even when on the water, and so with just a bit of attention to detail, you should not get lost.
The trails, on and off the water, are groomed and the tricky parts have extra support.
The old growth forest in Keji is defintely worth the walk to see. The old pines and hemlocks are as big as they get in this part of the country.
Our goal was the upper or northern chain of lakes. We call this area Frozen Ocean after the largest lake in the chain. At this point, we are 4.5 KM from the parking lot and almost to the closest camp site - #17.
As a hiking destination, 17 is great. As a canoeing destination, it is far too far to get to for the reward of the site.
We were not the only denizens wandering about. We met up with a number of snakes...
... and a few interesting growths.
After a brief refreshment and a short rest to admire the view, we turned around and walked out.
On our way home, we stopped to take a picture of ourselves in the big red chairs. All parks now have these chairs. Last year, there was a competition to see who could photograph themselves in the most park chairs.
Just for fun, here we are at the Keji seaside adjunct in their big chairs.