Day 21 :: Collie to Yabberup
This morning we will, hopefully, finally sort out our wet weather gear and Sandi's socks. We'd had a wonderful break, but are excited to be heading back out again; very happy that we'd managed to hit our two time targets: it feels like the rest of the walk is a little more stress free.
After rising at 6pm to change batteries on the charger, the morning was spent sorting packs, making lunch and eating breakfast. In the end, all the batteries were fully charged, including the FUSE battery.
What a great snoogly night it was and not a bad sleep either, rained through the night pretty constantly, and kept raining.
We got going as the dawn chorus was in full swing. Got pretty organised, but in the end still had to walk into town in the rain. Bought P camp socks from Coles, turned out Explorer wool blend seemed the best option.
Camping store sorted out my socks: one pair even half price. We chose ponchos: waterproof nylon long size and hopefully. Set off, sun now peeping out.
Thank goodness that our clothes dried overnight. Left the caravan park at 8:10 -- checked DEC Collie for any notices @8:15 and was at Coles at 8:35. Camping store was great +10% discount for Bibbulmun Track walkers -- hope the ponchos work but you do sweat in them (not breathable).
We 'signed in' at the information centre and whilst there complained about the arboretum: both that it was in such poor condition and that it was not lit when we visited. The lady who was on said she'd seen it lit not long ago, so it may have been a temporary outage. Then there was nothing to do but to strike out on the Track, feeling very hopeful that our new Ponchos will do the trick with the wet weather...
Day 21 Google Earth Track
|Length||20.31 km||Day Length||5:56|
|Ascend||926 m||Descend||875 m|
Got back to Southern Track in pretty good time, seemed no time at all. Zapped along at a good rate. a shower came through and the ponchos seem OK but I'm confused as to whether they're really waterproof or not. Anyway, we had a good walk to Collie River and safely crossed the bridge. Decided it was time for morning tea and right beside the path were some enamel orchids: just gorgeous. Then I glanced down and saw a flying duck orchid; and then another not out properly. Unbelievable.
Really enjoyed the scroggin supplemented with the last of the SSSS, then pressed on again.
Feeling fairly tired, quite thrilling seeing the water of the dam peeping through the trees, then P called a lunch stop a little tensely and I realised he'd been struggling. Ate our sausage / lettuce / rolls with relish on rather fast next to the dam. Very pretty, but big black clouds close by and a bit chilly.
Immediately after Mumgalup Dam the Track deviates from what is indicated in the Guidebook. Came to a section where the Guidebook said "keep right at Y-junction, but the Waugul definitely pointed to the left: this was, we were to guess, to get around a disturbed section of the creek. When we got home and looked on the aerial photos it was very clear what was happening, but on the ground it was just a little confusing: maybe a smart phone or GPS with aerials would have helped?
Headed on and skies cleared a bit so stopped and P took off waterproofs and we broke out the lollies and that all made a bit of a difference and we walked a bit better then, and in fact we really quite powered then. Had a 5 minute sit down on a log and boy that made a difference.
Many of the creek crossing have obviously been upgraded from the original log to a wee bridge. The the old crossing can often be seen just beside the bridge. Often seemed a bit of a shame, and maybe that's one of the reasons that the Bibbulmun is sometimes referred to as the Bubble-Gum Track.
After setting up camp we went for a wee wander in the late afternoon sun (it was a little bit rare today). We seemed to be a bit chilly all day today.
When we got back to the shelter Bron, who was walking North, had arrived. She had great stories of Mumbleup Pub and some good pointers for Balingup: highly recommended the Red Cafe if it's open. Bron is the bravest bushwalker I've ever bumped into...
My feet were quite sore today: don't know why? Too much relax time on the day off? Tomorrow sounds a wonderful walk.
Quite a bit of discussion with Bron and briefing ourselves on tomorrow's walk, it was time to collapse into our wee home away from home after a significant feeling day.
|Collie Spur||2.7||2.7||348.4||9:56 AM||0:33||0:33||101.7||4.8||4.8||3.4|
|Collie River||3.6||6.3||352.0||10:48 AM||0:52||1:25||102.6||4.2||4.4||3.4|
|Mungallup Dam||5.1||11.4||357.1||12:40 PM||1:00 PM||1:52||3:17||104.5||2.8||3.5||3.4|
|Yabberup Campsite||8.9||20.3||366.0||3:18 PM||2:18||5:35||106.8||3.9||3.6||3.4|
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