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Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Dwellingup May 21st 2016

Day 17 Dookanelly Shelter to Possum Springs 33.1km via diversion day Day 17 didn't start well, mostly because when I woke up at 10:21pm it was still Day 16. Not sure why I woke up but it took a while to get back to sleep. Woke up again properly at 03:30 when the storm started- lots of things dropping on the roof, heavy, heavy rain and gale force winds. Glad I was secure inside my tent inside the shelter- it saved me from getting wet with all the rain and moisture swirling around inside the shelter. Lay awake for a long time wondering what to do given the big km's and the storm. I contemplated spending an extra day in the shelter but then didn't really have enough food to last me and given that I ... read more
Yep
Some Wetness
More Wetness

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Dwellingup May 20th 2016

Day 16 Murray to Dookanelly Shelter 19.5 km A super chilly night, woke up at 4:30 to the sound of machinery?? Eventually got up and out by 07:37 still with 1.75L of water- enough to get me through the day and not have to dip into the river for a top up. A really misty, grey morning with brand new BT waugals to guide me. I really loved the contrasts of colour this morning- grey, grey saturated skies, silvery beaded cobwebs and vibrant green regenerated seedlings and shoots sprouting out of rich red muddy earth and scorched black trees. A visual feast. Some people dislike the burnt earth, I'm not one of them. Some of the more striking scenery for me is that which has been decimated by fire. Apart from the contrasting colours, the bushfires ... read more
Misty Grass Trees
Regeneration

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Dwellingup May 19th 2016

Day 15 Swamp Oak to Murray Shelter 19.2km A seriously slow day to cover the above distance- 6 hours of walking and an hour and a half of breaks. WHY? 1. Multiple, multiple, multiple breaks with the AFT- actually his name is Brandon 2. Convincing Brandon with help from my very good French friend, Stephane (in San Francisco), using dodgy intermittent phone signal/Messenger app on top of a massive hill that he needed to leave the track at the first available road 3. A protracted break at Yarrigal Form at midday where I gave Brandon very precise instructions as to how to get to the Pinjarra Rd (10 km approx), a map, and 5 hrs of daylight 4. Some tough inclines and declines which were super slippery 5. My pack weight was heavier carrying 4L water ... read more
Handy Rest Stop
Swamp Oak Shelter Water
Archer's Cortinarius

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Dwellingup May 18th 2016

Day 14 Dwellingup to Swamp Oak Shelter 13.3km A conflicted morning. Visited both the DPAW Office AND the Visitors Centre AND then contacted the BTF about how best to go about the impending track closure between Yarragil Form and Driver Road (taking out Murray Shelter from the track). I had contingency plans to cover it still being closed but was really hopeful that it would be open by now (I actually had about 3 variations of said contingency plans). After hours and hours and hours of talking to various knowledgeable people and walkers that had recent experience of the area, I plotted out a course that would take me on a good approximation of the track- it really was troubling me that I wouldn't be "doing a proper E2E" if I got a lift around the ... read more
Autumn Colour
Autumn Colour

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Dwellingup May 17th 2016

Day 13 Chadoora Shelter to Dwellingup 20.7km Chilly night! Today I make it into my first track town - there's some excitement at getting into Dwellingup, but a real enjoyment at this pared down ritual of walking/unpacking/sleeping/packing. I head off at 08:10 into the day as a light drizzle starts. Rob and Hugo are having a more leisurely start - Hugo says he likes leaving last because he likes to clean up the campsite on departure- I acquiesce, I don't mind a morning off of sweeping and raking (these are some of the "jobs" to be done every day along with cleaning out the fire pit and making sure nothing has been left behind). Last year when doing this section we missed a turn off adding 4km's onto the day- I'm not making this mistake today, ... read more
Salmon Coral Fungus
Fungi 3
Mossy Tree Trunk

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Dwellingup May 16th 2016

Day 12 Mt Wells Shelter to Chadoora Shelter 15.6km Another shortish, easy walking day with absolutely no hurry. I don't leave till 08:30-ish as I have the opportunity to mess around with my packing technique- there is so much clean space to get everything out and re-roll, re-configure, re-think, and finally re-pack. Get completely distracted all the way down the hill, it is a beautiful still morning and apart from lots of interesting naturey things to look at there are lots of emerging hazards. Feet need to be carefully placed (see below). Lethal Death Traps (revenge of the animal and plant kingdoms) (Part 1) 1. Small animal digging holes- sometimes deviously covered by leaf matter- designed to fool you into twisting your ankle, or bare and open which will still get you if you're not paying ... read more
Room With A View
Breakfast Deliciousness
Persoonia longifolia

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Dwellingup October 25th 2015

Mystery Caller 23-25th October 2015 It was Friday night and we had both come to the conclusion that we were desperately in need of a change of scenery so there was no other option than to hitch Roobie up and get out of town All we wanted to do was get some quite head space and go somewhere where we could have a camp fire and sit back and look at the stars, which is something that we have not done for a while. I collected Caroline from Fremantle station on Friday straight from work, she got off the train at 4.17, and jumped in the car and we headed back to where we are staying in Freo, parked the car, then Hitched Roobie (Our Kamper Trailer) to Jack, put the laptop and Camera’s in and ... read more
Mystery Caller
Mystery Caller
Mystery Caller

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Dwellingup October 2nd 2015

This weekend’s adventure was Lifecycle for Canteen (Off Road) we had done Lifecycle for Canteen on road, so this could not be that different could it?? My Alarm was set for 4.00 am, I woke at about 2.45 I got out of bed at 3.00am, I was under instruction from Caroline not to wake her until 4.30 am as we needed to be away by 5.00. Now our role was a funny one, not funny peculiar but funny ha ha, our first mission was to tow one of the toilets for the riders. When I was advised I was going to have to pick one of the toilets up from Kennard’s the hire people, who I have to say were graciously donating all the box trailers and toilets for this charitable event, Jack Dowling said to ... read more
The perfect Definition of En Suite
The perfect Definition of En Suite
The perfect Definition of En Suite

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Dwellingup December 2nd 2010

So, on the road, we spent our first night travelling with Mauritzio, Mirella and kids, a lovely family of Italian descent (Mauritzio is/was a chef -awesome food) that we met on the first half of our journey. As always it was really nice catching up with these guys and we spent the night chatting and as always with them, eating. Mauritzio cooked up his home made pizza, I don't know how he does it but he somehow manages to put nothing on the things and they taste amazing. Following that was a curried prawn salad which was as nice as it sounds and then we finished off with his self invented Christmas tree cake. Layers of an Italian cake with Mauritzios beautiful Italian custard between, this was the last time we'll get the custard for a ... read more
Deliverance
Waterhole

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Dwellingup December 2nd 2010

this really is just an intro to some of the people we've met, not exciting. OK, we're on the road. It took some time finally getting ourselves out of Perth/Banksia Grove but we finally did it. Allow me to introduce some characters who will feature i our story before I carry on, sorry if this is boring but this is our memories here more than anything else. Obviously there is us, me the author (Nigel) who you will never hear of again because I always right in the first person, not like Jeff Fenech. Then there is Belinda and our kids Lachlan and Zali. In order of appearance, not importance we now have the people who have touched our lives in one way or another and will drop in and out of our story over the ... read more




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