Day 31 :: Beavis to Beedelup
Today we take our leave from the Donnelly River, which we've spent the last three days walking beside. Jared tells us that we have the option of a coffee at the Karri Valley Resort today, though it is a diversion, and the Guidebook talks up the Beedelup Falls. Before that though we'll aim to have lunch at Carey Brook Falls, which sound nice (though understated in the book); and nothing has jumped out at us for morning tea today :(Day 31 Google Earth Track
|Length||21.18 km||Day Length||6:55|
|Ascend||1142 m||Descend||1122 m|
I was up fairly early today, the pre-dawn light giving the mossy under-story and stumps a surreal look: very Lord of the Rings. We've had a lot of moss and fungus and rotting stumps during our river walks over the last bit. The sunrise was amazing as it crept down the graceful Karri trunks.
Slept OK, but got a bit restless very humid in the tent. Managed an extra doze then had a very relaxed morning pottering around. Jared got off 1st then we headed 30 minutes later. A very nice day, blue skies, but clouds amassing.
Set off and gradually left the river. Not regretfully really. Was more than ready for morning tea and found a great spot with some tree "rounds" to sit on.
The next stretch seemed to go forever, and the poor old legs weren't keen. Saw a yellow belly again, moving slowly away. Not alarming and P saw it too. Laboured on a little further and found a great bridge and small waterfall. Had lunch there: just great.
Spent quite a bit of time tracking emus today. We came across them on the track and they startled and ran off down the track, eventually stopping around a couple of bends, where we'd come across them again and startle them into running off again. And so on: it was really funny, and provided a distraction from our tired legs. We were making a be line for Carey Brook by this time, which was going to make for a latish lunch. Just a little bit of confusion over which creek was Carey Brook as the Odometer in the book was not accurate and aligned with another wee creek. Very thankful we followed our gut reactions and didn't settle for "this must be it then?"
Very relieved for the break and after a hefty climb out had a really pleasant Jarrah forest walk. Oh, before lunch saw 3 emus, who just kept moving away from us on the track: so thrilled!
Afternoon walk ended before I expected, must have been the only time. Beedelup Falls were lovely, quite a few tourists, a bit of a shock. Enjoyed the swing bridge too: quite a swing to it.
Had a tense discussion about about walking around to the Resort cafe or heading on to Beedelup Falls and camp. Sandi and I were definitely not of one mind and heart: maybe because stomach and legs were involved? Eventually decided not to walk around the lake for a coffee and headed off to the falls (not necessarily in the best moods), and were extremely surprised by the Falls: we were not expecting the great numbers of people (tourists) or the level of development; the photo in the book gave them impression that the track was not that developed.
After a rejuvenating time at the Falls and a bit of afternoon tea, albeit in the midst of a throng of tourists, we headed off to the campsite.
Good to get to the hut. Sore toes on left foot and one has blister, so had to lance and cover. Hope it'll be all right. Need to tighten boots so foot doesn't slide as much.
Arrived to find Jared newly washed and reading by the fire :) Set up the tent in front of the shelter on a lower section beside the creek. During dinner three bike riders came in to stay: amazed how intruded upon we felt! Low scoring Beef & Noodle soup didn't help our attitude either ;)
|Soup||Beef & Noodle||3||3.5||3.3||3.4|
|Meal||Chicken ala King||4||4||4.0||4.0|
Very nice spot next to creek here. Three bike riders came in late, bit of a shock.
Too much talking and interruptions made us late and pushed diary writing into the evening. We eventually slipped away to bed leaving the partiers drinking and eating into the night: thankfully they were not too loud.
We were amazed at the attitude of the bike riders (one Dad & son and Dad's brother) who were aware that they were breaking the Bibbulmun rules (here and here), but still did, laughing about it. Mind you, I'd been pretty disgusted with the condition of the track and the presence of what I presumed was the DEC's four-wheel bike's track marks. DEC John, way back at Tom Road had said that they were upgrading the track to handle the DEC four-wheelers, and maybe pointing that out focused my attention. It's interesting that the Foundation bike rules talk about damage mountain bikes cause: how much more motorised bikes? In my mid-walk grumbling I was thinking that the DEC were riding too fast and doing burn outs, but maybe it is just a result of the activity (not mis-activity)? But the effect on the track is pretty obvious: track marks, skid marks and widened tracks do not give the walkers a natural an experience as possible! And if the DEC are doing it, it's pretty hard to expect other people not to worry too much :(
They'd brought the kitchen sink with them and enough alcohol to keep an army happy (in the morning the campsite had more of a seedy party look than pristine campsite). The huts so close to access points are more of an issue than the others, I guess. Having so many non-Bibbulmun people in the hut was odd too: it made us feel quite queer and we decided that we wanted to be up and away early before they were up (this also meant that we'd get a more early arrival into Pemberton tomorrow).
|Beavis Campsite||0.0||8:51 AM||0:00||0.0|
|Seven Day Road||5.5||5.5||571.2||10:16 AM||1:25||1:25||159.9||3.9||3.9||3.6|
|Carey Brook||8.0||13.6||579.2||12:48 PM||2:32||3:57||162.5||3.2||3.4||3.6|
|Karri Forest Explorer Drive||3.3||16.9||582.6||2:10 PM||1:22||5:19||163.8||2.4||3.2||3.6|
|Beedelup Falls||2.3||19.2||584.9||2:45 PM||0:35||5:54||164.4||3.9||3.2||3.6|
|Beedelup Campsite||2.0||21.2||586.9||3:46 PM||1:01||6:55||165.4||2.0||3.1||3.5|
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