Day 32 :: Beedelup to Pemberton
Town days can be interesting, not always brilliant: maybe that's because we have too much expectation? We've found that we generally like to get into town early, which takes the pressure off shopping and gets us to the shops before they close... so we've set the alarm to get going early today as it's a lengthy day anyway, although fairly level. We're looking forward to the Arboretum, and hope to lunch at Big Brook Dam. When planning the walk I found it impossible to discern the Track on Google Earth with the Guidebook: today I guess we'll see it foot to ground [see our track here], I hope it's not too confusing (the Track has a habit of getting confusing close to town)!Day 32 Google Earth Track
Woke early to the alarm to find a bit of a 'Morning after a party' scene at the picnic table, which didn't do anything to endear the bike riders to us. Jared definitely had more interesting stories, having shared the hut with them and their alcohol induced snoring. But we attempted to be quite as possible as breakfasted and packed up, whispering and sharing knowing smiles with Jared who was also getting away early.
The hut was infested by 2 dad and 1 son bike riders last night: selfish. Should not have been there, and knew it, but still did it.
|Length||24.73 km||Day Length||6:42|
|Ascend||852 m||Descend||897 m|
Early rise and quick getaway -- stark uphill then very lovely light undulating walk, blue skies then clouds in. Good pace. Stile to stile over paddock: lovely.
After crossing Channybeanup Road and climbing the stile into Private Property, the Track heads down to and crosses Fly Brook and then follows old rail formations that were recently cleaned up (somewhat aggressively), where we eventually stopped for some morning tea.
The zipper on my pack tore my morning tea clip-lock bag and spilt it everywhere. Sandi tried to insist that I share hers, but I couldn't agree with that!!
After our (brief) morning tea, we headed off again through some wonderful forests that were just beautiful in the early light. The Guidebook had some very odd instructions at one point that they were obviously at pains to try and stop any confusion... but it just became more confused until we had our feet on the ground.
We have been so blessed with the flowers and orchids: the number that have been out in all their glory has just been amazing. There was one plant, that may have had a very short flowering period, that we never got to see out: they were either in bud or spent! The plot of NSW Stringy Barks made us feel very at home ;) and the metasequoia looked quite incongruous in the Australia bush. After which we headed through the Big Brook Arboretum, but didn't linger though a fallen tree had obscured a Waugul, which meant a few circles to find the track again.
Arboretum extensive, good condition, tree down on waugil, circled around and OK. Didn't really look. Another snake: I jumped. Down to very pretty dam. Lunch then on making good time.
It was a great walk into Pemberton, quite fast and enjoyable. Excited to see my first snake!! Very close -- good photos.
The walk along the bitumen was not particularly nice, despite the beauty of the dam and surrounding (AND my first good look at a snake). We were both more than ready to sit down and take the weight off our sore feet over lunch. After lunch the Track took us across some more grand Karri forest and down into Lefroy Brook, which we followed all the way into Pemberton.
Beautiful creek system and swim pool.
We had organised our Pemberton Plan as we walked along: 1. Drop everything at Caravan Park, 2. Check kitchen for utensils / pots, 3. Get changed and take handy day-pack to town for sign in, 4. Afternoon tea and 5. Shopping. Sandi had remembered the bakery from our visit before the walk, when we dropped off the food parcel and had lunch, and was very keen (and convinced) that it was going to the perfect afternoon tea spot...
Arrived Pemberton Caravan Park and left packs, sussed kitchen, etc. Walked to town. Bakery not promised mecha for afternoon tea. Pack Animal through in Log Book. Great afternoon tea cafe: saw 2 day walking girls who joined us. Jared turned up.
Funny: when having scones at a local cafe and met the two girls we'd bumped into several times over the last 5 days who joined us. Then Jared walked up and chatted too: an impromptu track reunion!
|Restaurant / Cafe||Total||S||P||S||P||S||P|
|Pemberton - Oasis Cafe (Fizz)||3.3||4||4||3||3||4||3|
It was totally surprising and really nice to have afternoon tea with the two girls we kept bumping into on the Track. They were doing the whole Track (almost) as day walks, but not in an ordered manner: they kept hopping about, which is why we kept bumping into them. Really funny: we'd come around a corner and there they'd be again, walking toward us!! Disappointed to miss out on meeting Pack Animal who almost lives on the Track, as he passed us whilst we were in town. Jared suggested we drop into his cabin tonight, we stayed at the same caravan park. We were not sure at that stage.
Posted Northern Guidebook, withdrew some money. Shopping and deluge. P with sore feet & no brain in shops. Bought emergency poncho to get back to camp. Sorted, washed, dried.
It was a crazy afternoon. When we were in the local IGA a huge storm came through, so huge you could hear it beating on the roof inside the supermarket. When we came out it was still heavy, so we bought an ice-cream and ate it under the IGA awning. We eventually had to make a run for it, and made our way up the main street under the shop awnings. Somewhat frustrating as all our wet weather gear was back at the caravan park ;), so we bought some emergency ponchos from the small general store and headed back, trying not to get too wet (we were already cold).
|Pemberton Caravan Park||27.9|
|Showers / Toilet||3.5|
|Shop / Close to Town / Shops||2.7|
|Dining / Activity||2.8|
|Close to Town||2.8|
When we got back to the caravan park we had wonderful hot showers and took over the laundry: washing clothes, sorting food parcel, charging batteries and airing tent / etc. We'd bought food to share with Jared, so around 7pm we headed around to his cabin.
Went to Jared's luxury chalet! Nice meal, wine & cheese, etc. Chat and stayed over as the rain stayed around. Forecast dubious but hoping main rain in that big fall. Rang DEC: windfall only alert, slippery trunks.
Didn't intend to stay at Jared's, but the night got so cold, dark, and rainy and we were so warm and dry inside: Jared didn't have to be too persuasive. So we kept charging the batteries (the sun was being particularly absent recently, and I wanted to make sure we had everything fully charged if we were heading out into rainy [read: cloudy] weather) and both climbed into the very tight kid's bunk (it felt like) under one of our sleeping bags before an intended early start in the morning.
It was a pretty big day today all up: the table below doesn't include the 2.5km wandering into and back from town; and after hot showers, good food and a mellow wine we were more than ready to just collapse into any old bed :) Thankfully we both collapsed into the same bed!
|Beedelup Campsite||0.0||6:49 AM||0:00||0.0|
|Channybearup Road||3.1||3.1||590.0||7:32 AM||0:43||0:43||166.1||4.4||4.4||3.6|
|Stirling Road||9.6||12.7||599.6||10:12 AM||2:40||3:23||168.8||3.6||3.8||3.6|
|Big Brook Dam||5.6||18.3||605.2||11:32 AM||11:58 AM||1:20||4:43||170.1||4.2||3.9||3.6|
|Rainbow Trail||2.5||20.8||607.7||12:43 PM||0:45||5:28||170.9||3.4||3.8||3.6|
|Pemberton Caravan Park||3.9||24.7||611.6||1:25 PM||0:42||6:10||171.6||5.6||4.0||3.6|
It's also been another day of seeing pretty blatant and unnecessary track widening by the DEC. I had a grumble about it yesterday, and today there were a couple of track modifications that I thought were unnecessary for the walker: I think I noted somewhere else that it makes it feel like a bush highway rather than a bush track :(
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