Day 43 :: Rest Point to Coalmine Beach
Today is essentially a rest day in which we wander 10km from one Caravan Park to the next, with a hopefully enjoyable stop in the Walpole's cafés: we developed a plan a couple of days ago in an attempt to assure that the experience is a good one... Though the day started early with leg pain which drove me from the tent...
After going to bed under starry skies, and going toilet in the early morning to see feathery clouds and stars, at least one cloud decided to dump its contents in a persistent drizzle later on! By 5am I couldn't stand the ache in my legs and feet any longer, and as it was getting light and the magpies were beginning to sing, I decided to get up and rub some deep heat into my legs and drink tea. Thankfully it wasn't raining, so getting from tent to kitchen (where we left the packs and camera charging) was easy and dry. Skies were overcast and 30 minutes later it started to rain. What will this do to our Walpole plan? Walking through the rain to Walpole has very little appeal.
I sat in the kitchen and had a wonderful time drinking lots of tea (which is something that we look forward to when getting to town) and writing up the diary.
The rain is now super heavy: I think Sandi is stuck in the tent! It's nearly 6am and there's 2 hours for it to clear!! But at this point it looks set in for the week :(
Tent » After all this practice (must read the instructions more) -- the tent is now super easy to put up; and although not timed, only seems like minutes:
- Tent logo to feet, fly logo to head.
- We tighten the 4 pole clips on the fly first, then adjust the position if necessary, then peg and tighten the vestibule: We've found this progression gives the best result. The vestibule could also be rolled up and not pegged: though we've not been able to try that as the threat of rain was always constant.
- Leaving one or both vestibule flaps rolled up over night certainly reduces the condensation, as does guying the head and feet walls of the fly (which is only minimal, but realy helps -- also if it does rain).
- The zipped doors are not huge (=weight saving), and I'm guessing we may not be using this light-weight tent in 20 years when we're over 70? Even now, after a days walk, it can be a little awkward (and probably looks ungainly) to clamber in or out; but I'm very happy for the weight saving.
- Size too is tight, and if I'm on my tummy with my feet stretched out, it feels as though I'm touching both head and feet walls. I don't normally sleep on my tummy though -- but if I was 150mm taller it would be interesting.
- When it has rained, or been condensation (i.e. cold night with wind: so flaps down), the fly is quick to dry given a breeze and a quick shake off of the drips, or a towel. If we didn't have time to dry the fly we'd put it into a "saved" GARBAGE bag (from the food drops), and strap it to the bottom of my pack. That way the tent stays totally dry in my pack.
Things that would be better in a stronger, more permanent, clip bag (instead of plastic bag):
- Cooking bag
- First aid bag
- Emergency bag (top)
- Emergency bag (bottom)
- Clothes (Plastic)
P up at the crack of dawn, sore legs. I managed to get back to sleep and there was some very heavy rain. No problems in the tent, but as both flaps were open a wee bit came in as it was very blustery.
I got out when the rain was more of a light drizzle to get a few dawn photos. Sandi finally managed to get out of the tent, and the day begins in earnest.
When I woke it had stopped, so I got up and P had had about 500 cups of tea and coffee. We had our planned pre-breakfast snack then packed up very comfortably and headed off with clearing skies and a very pleasant walk into town. Gorgeous along the river with heaps of kangaroo paws budding up, and some lovely paper barks.
Rest Point Walpole Coalmine Beach
|Length||9.08 km||Day Length||2:08|
|Ascend||265 m||Descend||249 m|
Initially we have to walk the 1.4km up Rest Point Road to get back to where we left the Track yesterday; then the track turns North and passes through Walpole Country Club and Golf Course, though the track notes seemed a little out of date at this point. The Track then crosses the Walpole River on a lovely bridge and skirts the residential areas of Walpole before suddenly arriving in town.
Proximity to a town always affects the track in some way, and the bridge over the Walpole River is a lovely example.
After crossing the Walpole River the track skirts more suburban areas that has nice views over the inlet. The Guidebook's track notes at this point were quite funny: "9.7 Close to the house, turn right..." - obviously done when there were far fewer houses! We walked this 1.3 kms wondering at each new house, "is this the house?"
After a very short 4.7km we suddenly arrived upon Walpole. We'd spent a little bit of time here previously and tried to reacquaint ourselves with the town's layout when we drove through 7 weeks before dropping off our food parcels: but that felt a looong time ago and we initially got a little surprise and lost feeling coming into town from a direction we weren't expecting.
Got to visitor centre and there was Harry, Marg and Rod: a bit of a shock. P more shocked than me! Left our packs there and headed for cafe for breakfast.
We were the only ones there at first but it took them ages to do it [fill our order], and when it came he sausage was cold and the eggs hard centred. I was a bit shocked. Had to get them to redo the sausage though, couldn't enjoy it. Bacon was gorgeous, tomato nice (but not enough of it). Had about 20 flavours of milkshake available; I had a capuchino one, quite nice. P's coffee average.
Another disappointing outcome from town -- why is that? Suz & Wooz promised so much, but delivered so little. It was clean and tidy, but just about everything else was sloppy. A big breakfast took well over 30 minutes to produce, and when it came the eggs were overdone, the sausage cold, ¼ tomato yummy, but too tiny and the toast (2 thick slices) seemed just to be filler. Bacon was great. Mug of coffee with only one shot was weak. A small town café, which should have been nice, but wasn't. NEVER TO RETURN. Walpole had 2-3 others... shame we picked the wrong one.
Their sign said "Home cooked meals", and I guess it was that old joke "burnt toast, cold tea, runny stew, like at home"?
Well, while in the it poured!! Couldn't believe it. When it eased we posted a postcard to work then went through to the IGA and shopped. Bought all sorts of stuff, then went to bakery and had two biscuits each and coffee and it was an eyes bigger than stomach situation leaving us feeling too full. Crazy.
|Restaurant / Cafe||Total||S||P||S||P||S||P|
|Suz and Wooz||2.2||3||1||3||4||2||2|
After assembling our menu for tonight in the IGA we headed out to our next stop, via the DEC (to see if there were any issues in the next section).
We went to the DEC, who had nothing much to report. Then got on our way to Coalmine Beach in the fine again. A pleasant walk with a skiff of rain just before we arrived, but nothing too much [but it did put the FUSE under the poncho].
Quite good to get to Coalmine Beach Caravan Park, at first, then the strange man from RoundTu-it was in the kitchen, and the kitchen was the open sort, and with a cold day it seem all unpleasant. Also, I was hanging out for a cup of tea and the water was off. P put up the tent, and a shower came: it was all happening.
We went for a walk to try and get an appetite, and explored the camp and found an enclosed kitchen, so we asked if we could move... and they said yes. So we did, and this worked well. Had out steak and vegies; very nice. Also apple crumble slice with custard: delicious. P did his curried peanuts and was delighted. I thought they were pretty good. Chatted to Ki and Katarina, who were from Germany, over dinner.
|Coalmine Beach Caravan Park||27.8|
|Showers / Toilet||3.8|
|Shop / Close to Town / Shops||2.8|
|Dining / Activity||2.5|
|Close to Town||1.0|
So, you'd have to say a very strange day - We didn't even take our end of day portrait!:
- very short walk
- and too much food
- cold and wet
- and an average Caravan Park at the end .
|Rest Point Caravan Park||0.0||8:35 AM||0:00||0.0|
|Rest Point Road||1.4||1.4||815.1||8:53 AM||0:18||0:18||230.6||4.8||4.8||3.5|
|Walpole||2.9||4.3||817.9||9:40 AM||1:34 PM||0:47||0:47||231.4||3.7||5.5||3.5|
|Coalmine Beach||5.5||9.8||823.4||2:35 PM||1:01||1:48||232.4||5.4||5.4||3.5|
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