Bibbulmun Track: Part 4 Dwellingup to Possum Springs – having a hard day – end to end thruhike

Bibbulmun Track: Part 4 Dwellingup to Possum Springs – having a hard day – end to end thruhike

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We're heading up there. (Oh, up there). OK. Thanks to the support crew -  we will see you soon. On on! On on And off we go - morning of day 14.  Day 14. We're heading out of...  Dwellingup. We had a zero day yesterday - day  off. Great little trail town this one. They've  

got heaps of bike tracks around, a lot of  walking and they've just done up their visitor's   centre and it's...yeah, they've done a really, really good job. Good  weather today - only going up to about 23 or so. 13km to Oak Swamp (WRONG - Swamp Oak!) campsite. Full pack again - we've got six days worth of food.   Although we've had some really, really good rest  and a couple of good feeds at the pub so, yeah - on on! (music plays) Day 14 - day 14 back on track - out in the  forest - feeling great! You can tell my   pack's full because it's sitting up high but  mostly Howie gets the extra weight really   My pack starts slightly heavier than  his and his fluctuates a lot more   So he takes most of the food - I've got the  breakfast and the coffee and the hydrolyte. Alright! 

I'm glad I wasn't standing underneath it  when it happened! This is new. Well, I just have to   just take a look, take a little walk around. Yeah,  she's a big jarrah tree and that's just come down   very very recently. Which way are we going? Over that way? Let's check out what Howie almost stood on Oh and be very grateful he  didn't! What a lovely beastie!   Goanna! Yeah, I was off in my own  little world there walking along and   genuinely almost stepped on him! We've stopped  for a break and we've got something -we've got something special here! Judy from the  support team has made us curried egg sandwiches! (Woo-hoo!) I came off the Cape to Cape trail looking for  curried egg sandwiches and couldn't find any... 

so I've had to wait - walk  200 odd k on the Bibbulmun... for a curried egg sandwich! Aah! Ah the pines, the pines. Have I ever mentioned  that I like walking through pine forests?  (sings) In the pines, in the pines  where the sun don't ever shine I would shiver the long night through (Is Bob behind?) No no, padding along - there he is I've got to say, though, that sandwich...  

the highlight of our culinary experience! There's the master chef who made that sandwich We've eaten it already. Yeah, here comes  Bob and his support crew brian and Judy. A nice easy little walk-in today - first  day back on trail. Mild sort of weather   A couple of real highlights of the  day - obviously, that egg sandwich...   just walking through the pines. I love walking  through pines - don't know what it is in particular

maybe I used to be a pine tree in a  previous life or something! Who knows? Paparazzi! (music plays) If you're at the Swamp Oak campsite - a little short walk down to the   Murray River - excellent little swimming hole - just beautiful little spot down there. So just   head out of the campsite - turn right -head down  the four-wheel drive track - go past the metal gate  - turn right - follow that road down, not far, maybe 100  metres or so - you'll cross another road but you'll   be able to hear the water by then and you'll  see a little track heading down the other side (music plays) (bird song and camp chatter) Ah good morning - day 15 leaving Swamp Oak campsite  heading to Murray - probably about 18 kilometres   and it's not getting too hot as  well, so it should be a great little day (music plays) We're walking on an old railway formation. It's lovely and flat, with cutaways   and you can see how the bank  has been built up on the side   It's a really nice aspect looking  down to where Swamp Oak Brook flows   likely it's ephemeral and not actually  flowing right now, as is the case for most   creeks and brooks. These kind of waterways  only really flow when it rains consistently   or very heavily. Big thank you to the maintenance  workers who clear the path for us when there are obstacles! (music plays) Well, just got into Murray Camp. Good day, but  it did get a bit hot. 19 kilometres. Sort of one  

of those days that just sneaks up behind you  gives you a good good kick in the ass, actually!   See the Murray River down in there. We'll go  and check that out later. Yeah, time for a wash! Yeah, anyone coming southbound from Perth - just  the last kilometre or so... some serious sort of   uphills and downhills - very short and sharp! You  think you're here, but you're not! Okay just keep   going and - yeah. Beautiful spot, though. It's gonna  be great! Anyway, off to the drone shot! (music plays) Damp on the floor, soft underneath, sun breaking through a little bit nice green tunnel Sometimes I think to myself, 'Oh, this feels like  an adventure!" and then I remember that it is! Little birds flitting in and out of the thicket. Oh, here's an obstacle! And here we go - alleyoop - oop! And - a - oop! A-hoy-hoy folks! We got a beautiful little morning  this morning, hugging the hillside here   up above the Murray River. We're just cruising along.  Heading to Dookanelly - about a 19km walk   Temperature's gonna pick up a little bit today - it's gonna get up to about 25 or so.

So, we should be getting close to about 250km by the end  of today - we're roughly about a quarter of the way... already! Forgot the other things I was going to talk  about - so we might cut this short! See ya! Ooh now, that, ladies and gentlemen,  was the rare call of a 'Bob Holland' Latin name: Localus Legendus (laughter) (Bob & Kath singing 'The Road to Gundagai') (Bob singing a bush ballad) Up here - this fellow is a white tail cockatoo.  Now I'm not sure if he's a Carnaby or a Baudin   or SHE! what a pretty little voice Compared to the Kaaraks, they're a bit more tuneful.  The Kaaraks are the red tails - the ones that say 'kaarak-kaarak!' Well, what the bush has been making me think  about is transience and change -impermanence   not the least of which is evoked by  the ephemeral creeks that we cross   that right now are dry, or thinking about  the ever-changing flora that we're passing -  and in amongst all this change and all this  impermanence, here are we and in a very human way   we attach ourselves to our routines. We control  what we can. We try to get a grip on things... while the environment around us is  ephemeral and changeable. And that may be something worth thinking about - this year, in particular, as we let go of things that we thought   were certainties and it turns out they're not We just took a little side quest, off the Bibbulmun for about 300 metres.

Went down to a little bridge crossing over the Murray  River. Had a little snack, put the feet in the water,   those sort of things. I washed! Had a  wash. Saw a goanna on the way back Yeah, been a pretty good day so far.  It's warming up a little bit now. We've got  about three and a half km to go to camp

and just look at this bush we're walking through   Welcome to Dookanelly campsite and we're here  today with Bob Holland, Howie Gaskin -our cameraman - and me, your presenter - Kath Norcross.  We're here for the special prize giving   after the mystery set by our former companions  who are now off adventuring elsewhere. Before we   look at the prize, let's talk about what  our guesses were. Howie you guessed...  

I guessed it was chocolate but I just  wanted more chocolate... and I (Bob) suggested a muesli   bar or breakfast bar... and I (Kath) thought it would be  kangaroo poo! There you go, nice dried kangaroo poo!  Thinking along different  lines! All right, so here it is... the great unveiling! (singing) Dah-dah-dah-dah! the prize surprise. I don't think it's kangaroo  poo! All right, and on the back here it says   there's a can of emu, like the one that  was placed for us, ticks - a little tick for   the tick magnet and a tree and a smiley face.  It's a muesli bar, pretty much, it's yogurt Yay Bob! The winner!! Welcome to the tent. I don't know if you  can hear them, but there are march flies  

everywhere! I don't mind coming inside the tent  right now and it's time to set up the beds (music plays) And that's home! That's our wee little home! So we've got   a hot day and about 23 kilometres tomorrow, so we've set an alarm to get an early start... Ay, caramba! It was Kath's suggestion, so... 4 30. Because walking in the heat  is worse than waking up in the dark Morning 4 30. It's really quiet A quarter to six, and we are off! The rest of camp's not too far behind  us - probably, another ten minutes or so   Bob's gonna catch us up on the  trail. What are we? Morning...   seventeen? Seventeen, yeah. Seventeen  for us, nineteen for Bob and,  

yeah, we've put in the put in the early morning  effort to try and beat the heat - it's gonna hit   somewhere between 30 and 32, someone else told  us at one stage. Chilly now! Chilly! It's chilly, bro! A few, a few little... Oops, probably  got blinded by the sun there...   a few little events on today.  We get to go across a bridge

might get 'dronathon' out there, we'll  see. We've heard it's a highly rated bridge - highly rated   from our compatriots, Jen 'n' Fi! Jen 'n' Fi! Also, there's a mining conveyor belt  that we get to walk under, apparently it's a thing. I think I could hear it off in the distance last  night, it's a bit noisy - low rumble   Anyway, I suppose that'll  feature, and plenty of bush... and nice light, etc Out here in the Lane Pool Conservation  area, one is sometimes privileged to catch   a glimpse of that elusive creature, the local  legend, and here it's, of course, Kambarang season -  the cessation of the rains bringing with  it the onslaught of flies and march flies   now this creature has quite cleverly devised a  protection against this onslaught and so we see   the local legend in full plumage and  be-netted. It is a wonder - a wonder of nature (music plays) So we've just had an interesting last  hour or so - temperature's climbing   we're coming out into some sort of open canopies  and stuff here, so there's not much shelter going on.  

Ooh, no! I'm just about to turn off. We might get some shade - awesome!   We did, we ended up walking through,  or having to walk through a motocross   section which sort of paralleled down by the river  and I'm not sure why the little track doesn't   the Bibb track doesn't go and skirt along the  river there. I'm sure the motocross guys don't like   us being on their track - and we don't  like them being on our track and, whatever,   I don't know, I might cut that out! We found another  tick on Bob, and pretty soon we get to walk under   this conveyor belt - mining conveyor belt. You may  be able to hear the noise in the distance, hold on.

(Loud rumbling of aluminium mining conveyor belt in operation) Yeah, I don't know.... It's all a little bit hot and dusty at  the moment - maybe the low point so far but...   you know, all we've got to do is keep  walking and it'll get better, eventually. So, apparently, we've found out  recently that the collective noun   for a group of wildflowers is a RAVE!  Who'd have known? A rave of wildflowers! What a day! It was long, hot, flies, ticks,  motocross riders, big noisy conveyor belt thing Yeah. Woo! Really glad we left an hour earlier  than we normally do, because we'd still   have another hour of this to go! It's  cooling down again tomorrow, so we should be   should be okay and cooling down for a little  bit after that... and maybe a 34 degree day coming!  

So we may take an extra rest day in Collie,  but we'll see how that all goes. Time to rest!   Uuuggh! Bob's a bit tired this arvo (afternoon) and he's  taking the lying down method to putting up his tent!

2021-04-22 02:35

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