Australia Day public holiday! No work means time to walk.
Today I am finally going to complete the last leg of the Swan River Three Bridges Loop. The other legs of the loop, Narrows Bridge to Canning Bridge and Canning Bridge to Queen Victoria Street Bridge, were completed last year. The final leg is from the Queen Victoria Street Bridge to the Narrows Bridge along the north bank of the river.
But what direction should I choose to do the final leg? Decisions had to be made and these decisions depend on public transport, more specifically, the type of people I am likely to encounter on public transport. Do I catch the train to the Narrows Bridge and walk west or take the bus to the Queen Victoria Street Bridge and walk east? To get from basecamp to Fremantle via public transport it is best to take the bus. This bus passes through Kwinana, a well-known low socio-economic area, and from a previous afternoon ride on this bus I know that a number of undesirables frequent this service. So how do I limit the chance of an encounter with such undesirables? Think the best thing to do is catch the bus really early and hope the undesirables are still in bed. So decision made, Fremantle by bus and then a walk east.
Despite my logic a number of undesirables were on the bus. A "lovely" couple consisting of two young males who were nursing a goon sack (i.e. boxed wine) hopped on. They didn’t offer me any wine, which I thought was rude, but they were ok. Then a "lady" (an obvious long time drug user and/or a result of poor breeding) got on at Kwinana shopping centre. In a loud voice she started talking to some grossly overweight woman about her drug dealing and something about burnt out cars. Luckily the bus driver had the guts to tell her to shut up. The bus journey was soon over and on arrival at Fremantle Train Station I headed towards the Queen Victoria Street Bridge.
The Queen Victoria Street Bridge is relatively old, built in 1939, and is a great vantage point to watch luxury water craft zoom underneath. The path across the bridge is not the greatest. The path is narrow and the balustrading is rather low, which is not the best for someone with a slight fear of heights. Once off the bridge it is a short walk through the suburbs to Sorrell Park. Not really that much to see here, just some good views of the river.