Day 30 :: Boarding House to Beavis
Today's elevation profile and map track paints in pretty graphic detail what the book calls a 'Challenging day': one winding in around the Donnelly River and up, over and down various valleys - though the book does promise 'marvellous' views and the 'best old-growth Karri'!. Got away in pretty good time, conscious that we didn't want to muck about on one of the more difficult days.
Today! Where do I start? Took a couple of paracetamol before bed last night, that headache shadow was there. Managed to get a pretty good sleep, we had the tent inner under the hut shelter again. A lazy start to the day, I felt a bit nervous about how I would go, particularly my knees.
Found a stick yesterday and today have found it very helpful on very steep descents particularly, but also the ascents. A real gift from God. P wants to now buy me fan-dangled walking sticks, but I think I like my one from God.
Day 30 Google Earth Track
Boarding House Beavis
|Length||20.23 km||Day Length||5:48|
|Ascend||1084 m||Descend||1143 m|
So we headed off, Sandi with bush walking stick, soon crossing Palings Road then a relaxed climb up Wirraway Formation. The book says that there are 'outstanding views', but the flowers were also amazing on this section, as were the Karri Forest: we were amazed with the amount of windfall (though DEC John did say something about the DEC employees only just coming back to work from seasonal holidays and that we could find some sections in need of maintenance).
Some great walks on rail formations though at some points a lot of wind fall, presumably not cleared yet post Winter by DEC. A horrid fight with P, me being offended, I was touchy, not sure why.
We were really treated with the floral display on top of the ridge until we headed down into the valley to cross Wirraway Bridge (which the Guidebook correctly describes as 'descend steeply').
Saw some gorgeous floral bowers of Hardenbergia, Clematis, Flame Pea, Water bush and Wattle. Sensational. Saw a couple of girls today walking that we'd seen 2 days ago.
After Wirraway Bridge the track zig-zags back up the side of the valley until we're back on what we suppose is the old Wirraway Formation again before we turn onto a more narrow bush track that takes us down to the Lease Road Bridge, where we'll have lunch.
After morning tea the track a daunting and steep section of Lease Road, which wasn't so bad in the end, before one of those interestingly marked turns in the track. Big arrows like this made us wonder if people had actually missed turns like this? Climbing up to the rim of the Donnelly Valley we saw again some grass trees and realised that they'd been missing in our daily horticultural diet recently without us realising.
Some great bridges today and some hardish climbs. First snake ~600mm yellow belly black today just off to side of a steep descent on some logs. Moved quite slowly away. P didn't see it.
At top of hill Jared caught us up, generated so much conversation that we walked on revived. Funny incident was talking about jelly fungus. We saw some bracket fungus and pointed it out to and then discussed together if another fungus under was a jelly fungus and then asked Jared if he'd seen one and he pointed to a perfect golden jelly fungus just on the other side of the log. Crazy.
Very glad to get into camp and a very nice hut just beside a water hole with amazing frogs including a Motorbike Frog and one that shirrups.
We really did talk too much with Jared, as evidenced by the lack of photos and diary entry ;) But after postponing out our lunch stop, we were very glad to have a hot cup of tea with our roll-up; and Jared was a compulsive fire lighter, which thrilled Sandi no end: and made for lots of cups of tea and a shared billy and discussing Aquaponics and all the other questions we had for Jared (we had in fact started keeping a written list in our diary of "Questions for Jared" that we could attend to when we next met him on the track). The wee dam in front of the shelter looked inviting, but it was too cold for us to swim, but we washed our clothes and Jared wondered about edibles in the dam...
Really mellowed out around the fire. Great little tent site, which was lovely too.
The tent sites at Beavis are at the back of the shelter, where the toilet is, and were pretty good (i.e. level and good sized). The sky was clear and the moon bright: it really was a nice campsite! So after our challenging day, which ended up pretty relaxed around camp, we headed for bed in our wee home-away-from-home feeling good :)
|Boarding House Campsite||0.0||8:17 AM||0:00||0.0|
|Palings Road||0.8||0.8||546.3||8:28 AM||0:11||0:11||152.9||4.4||4.4||3.6|
|Lease Road||8.4||9.2||554.6||10:44 AM||2:16||2:27||155.2||3.7||3.7||3.6|
|Beaver Road||5.9||15.1||560.5||12:49 PM||2:05||4:32||157.3||2.8||3.3||3.6|
|Beavis Campsite||5.2||20.2||565.7||2:03 PM||1:14||5:46||158.5||4.2||3.5||3.6|
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