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Day 62

Hewitt's Hill to Northern Terminus Kalamunda

It all comes down to this. About 50 days of walking on average 20km a day with a 21kg pack through rivers, over mountains, hills, sand dunes, bridges, farmland, beaches, rocky outcrops and even in a canoe across an inlet. 990km down and a paltry 12km until I finish my end-to-end of the Bibbulmun Track. The enormity of the task is all but lost on me during the last 12km. A huge range of emotions come in waves. There is euphoria and… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on May 14, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Day 61

Day 61 Mundaring Weir Hotel to Hewitts Hill

Today was a very short walk of about 8km, so fittingly it will be a pretty short blog (maybe?).

I have walked these sections several times but still managed to take a wrong turn. Shows it can happen easily when you are not paying attention. It wasn't long before I realised though. One thing I learnt on the track is if something doesn't feel right, then it probably isn't. I have followed my gut instinct a few times and it has… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on May 12, 2016 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Day 60

Day 60 Waalegh via Helena and Ball Creek to Mundaring Weir Hotel

Today was going to be a long one; double hutting and in terms of terrain. But it was all good as there was a night of comfort at the pub as the prize.

It was a stunning morning with mist filling the valley below, birds singing loudly in the trees and the fire was still burning from the night before. I was originally awake at 0430, but managed to doze off until 0630 just before the sun came up. Waalegh… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on May 11, 2016 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Day 59

Day 59 Mount Dale to Waalegh via Beraking

I got off to a late start today but an enjoyable one; thanks to Matt and the bacon and egg breakfast. What a treat on the track. Matt is an absolute trooper for everything he has done for me. Not only last night and this morning, but also for doing the Northcliffe to Pemberton leg with me. I couldn't ask for a better brother than the one I have.

Today's stroll was around 20km the first part pretty much downhill from Mount Dale but… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on May 10, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Day 58

Day 58 Canning to Mount Dale

It was another very cold night and If I have any advice for people contemplating the Bibb, even sections, is don't skimp on your sleeping bag. I have probably banged on enough already but my synthetic bag has really let me down. The one piece of equipment that I regret. I wouldn't be surprised if it was less than 5 degrees when I got up just after 0600.

There is an unburnt section just past the hut which is really nice, but soon you are into… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on May 10, 2016 at 8:15am — No Comments

Day 57

Day 57 Monadnocks to Canning

I slept badly probably due to being so cold as I was at Chadoora just out of Dwellingup. A clear star filled night beckoned the cold night. It was busy at the hut last night; 5 slept in and three tenting. To be honest I think those who tented would have been walmer. There was very little protection from a very cold breeze overnight. Remind me to buy a decent sleeping bag when I get home.

Still, it was only a short 16km day through some really… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on May 10, 2016 at 8:13am — No Comments

Day 56

Day 56 Mt Cooke to Monadnocks

Overnight at Mt Cooke it absolutely bucketed down for hours. I was so pleased to be my tent, but also under a iron roof. I would be surprised if we didn't have 30mm of rain. By 0600 the weather had all but blown over and I didn't even bother with the pack cover. I would be at Monadnocks before 1200 even with two sizeable climbs in front of me. It seems weird that I now look at the distance for the day and if it's less than 25km it's a short day. Less… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on May 7, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Day 55

Day 55 Nerang Mt Cooke

I'm sitting at Mt Cooke group campsite (as opposed to My Cooke Hut) having decided to find my own space after spending the last couple of nights with other people around. Last night at Nerang I shared the hut with a group of three who are heading to Kalamunda from near Nth Bannister. We are obviously all going hut to hut given the mountains in front of us. Really nice people, but I do enjoy having some time alone. I will be at the Northern Terminus in seven… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on May 6, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Day 54

Day 54 N Bannister Roadhouse to Nerang via Gringer Creek

I slept really soundly last night in an excellent bed at the Roadhouse. I can highly recommend this destination to clean up, wash your clothes, rest up, refuel and have a beverage, if you so desire. For people heading south who haven't seen a shower in probably 8 days or more it would be a welcomed slice of comfort. For me it was only four days out of Dwellingup, but even still was brilliant and very much welcomed. It cost $30… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on May 6, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Day 53

Day 53 White Horse Hills to Gringer Creek and Nth Bannister Roadhouse

Was a very pleasant day weather wise. One of the first for a while that wasn't completely overcast. The first 5km are through burnt ground so it was handy having blue tape in trees to help guide the way. Some of the track is difficult to see, so thanks to the volunteers who walked the track and make it that much easier. Boonerring Hill is quite a decent climb to around 520m and very steep in parts. But as always… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on May 4, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Day 52

Day 52 Mt Wells to White Horse Hills

I woke at 0600, not surprising as I went to bed not long after Fat Cat's bedtime the previous night. After Chadoora it was great to get some decent sleep and it was no where near as cold perched up on the hill. I was in no rush today at all as I only had about a 15km day in front of me. 15km is now very much an easy distance regardless of terrain. In fact when you get there you feel a bit lazy or is it unfulfilled?

Normally I would… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on May 3, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Day 51

Day 51 Chadoora to Mt Wells. I woke up late around 0700 still feeling cold and really not wanting to move. I felt tired and unmotivated, truth be told. I haven't had many days when I have felt like this, maybe one other I remember. It was only a short 15km day so that softened the blow.

I did faff around a bit on the walk, couldn't get the pack comfortable, couldn't get into any sort of rhythm. But even still the kms slipped by and before I knew it I was at the base of Mt Wells.… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on May 2, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Day 50

Day 50 Dwellingup to Chadoora, Sunday 1st May 2016.

Today was the beginning of the last leg Dwellingup to Kalamunda through the Darling Range. It was also the end of a great weekend catching up with quite a group of family and friends, some who made the trip down to Dwellingup on Friday on the sly. Organised cloak and dagger style by Peter Sutton a good friend and colleague. I had quite a shock walking in to the Dwellingup Pub on Friday evening and seeing all these wonderful people… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on May 2, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Day 47

Day 47. Well that turned out differently than I had planned, in more ways than one.

I left Murray early because I knew the track would be difficult to follow and I wasn't sure how long the burnt area continued. It turns out it wasn't far before I left the affected area and moved into clear areas and hence fully marked. It would have been probably 2km before I found track markers again. This is not to say it was easy to get there, but all the same it reiterates my previous comment… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on April 28, 2016 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Day 45

Day 45 Possum Springs to Dookanelly. I will start with the previous night at PS. As mentioned there is no hut as yet, or at least one with a roof. So it was a tent night. It rained most of the night but the tent performed ok. Very little water inside this morning. It is a bit of a pain packing up the next morning when raining. Everything gets wet to some degree, but I managed to do most between showers. I also discovered some rodent damage to the tent mesh. He or she had eaten through the mesh,… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on April 28, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Day 44

Day 44 Anzac Day, Yourdamung to Possum Springs.

Fittingly I was awake and up before dawn at around 5am. I guess when you have slept enough you wake up. Sunrise was disappointing in that there was heavy cloud and showers about. But still it was nice to be awake to pay my respects to our diggers from all conflicts. I would have preferred to be at a ceremony somewhere, but I guess it doesn't matter where you are as long as you mark the dawn respectfully. It also reminded of me of all… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on April 28, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Day 46

Day 46 Dookanelly to Murray. The track is officially closed from Driver Road to Yaragal Form, some 25km, which includes Murray Campsite which sustained minor damage in the recent fire.

There is no diversion in place so the only other option was to walk Nanga Road and add an extra 20km and a day to the trip. I passed a couple heading South who took this option and said it was completely dangerous, being a 90kmh zone and vehicles can barely see you on corners and in the shadows. The… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on April 28, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Day 43

You will note the gap in days which is explained in Day 39 post.

Day 43 Harris Dam to Yourdamung. Sadly today I had to say goodbye to the family and friends in Collie. I had a belter of a weekend for my birthday and seeing my beautiful wife and children was just the tonic for my heart and soul. I honestly believe my leg improved with their presence and also gave me motivation to continue on the end-to-end. The same could be said for my great friends Sherrie and Andrew and new found… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on April 24, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Day 39

Day 39 Yabberub to Collie. A still considerably uncomfortable walk in today, but the left leg hasn't got worse. But I was very pleased to reach the Collie Ridge at around 2pm. The thought of walking 18km out to Harris Dam tomorrow is not appealing in the slightest.

James the manager of the Collie Ridge has booked me an appointment with the physio this afternoon, so maybe I can get a few answers and some treatment. The physio took one look at the swelling and my pain reaction and… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on April 23, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Day 38

Day 38 Tuesday 19/4/16 dawned into a beautiful morning. The clouds had all but blown over after light rain overnight. I was awake at 3am, I guess stressing about my leg, but managed to doze off for some more much needed sleep.

When I did get up the leg was stiff and sore, but there was little I could do but massage some anti-inflammatory cream into it and wear the ankle brace I had wisely packed in Perth. I have now adapted a more toe out walk, which seems to take most of the… Continue

Added by Stuart Parks on April 19, 2016 at 5:38pm — No Comments

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