Pemberton has a nice feel to it. I suppose because it is a working town. Centre's on the wood mill. Most of the town is old, but tidy, clapboard houses. It's still very small, with only half a dozen shops, a pub, a couple of cafes, and the Crossing Bakery, right next to the Railway line. The streets are all very tidy, with nicely cobbled footpaths, and a really fancy fence line, of a double sided silhouette of native birds and plants, that is lit up at night,. Looked really great.
Also seemed to be a large sports facility based around the AFL club grounds, including a gym, squash courts, and restaurant and bar. Yes a well catered for, small, neat village. It even has some will advertised Mtb tracks, and the Munda Biddi and Bibbi Hiking Trails pass through the village.
The whole of this SW part of WA is very active event wise, with lots of Music, Jazz, Blues & Arts Festivals, and races. Even Northcliff has a big Mtb race every March, the Karri Classic, a 100km race limited to 600 entries.
The Pemberton info Centre is based in an old school building, and is linked to a museum, conservation department, and a communications area, with computers, Internet, (free for seniors), meeting rooms, and copying facilities, all staffed by very pleasant locals. I could see a similar place being run within the Soldiers Block in Hanmer. All we would need would be some pleasant locals, because our Mr Doobie is already far too busy.
Before we leave town and climb the 2km uphill, we visit the Crossing Bakery. Yummy Danish, and delicious strudel to go. Probably even better than the strudel we ate in Italy.....or maybe it was just all the exercise we were doing today......
There was very little traffic on the roads today, and often Ju and I were able to ride two abreast, which was really nice, being able to chat. Also we eventually cycled out of the big trees rollercoaster, and rolled into an area, large, of wooded swamp land, with lots of water, frogs and birds. Saw a couple of big mobs of Emu, and several flock of Orange Tailed Black Cockatoo. In fact they saw us first. The Emu do a runner, and look almost comic, as they tear across a field. The Cockatoo, see us first, and make a huge racket with their screeching and cackling, and noisy fluttering from tree to tree.
A couple of the trees are really interesting. One could very easily feature in Dr Seuss. It's like a Punga, but with a tussock on top. Also some very prickly plants, that we didn't see until we'd already pushed the bikes through. Had our first puncture of the trip yesterday, on the trailor, the bikes have green slime in the tubes, so hopefully will survive.
The weather couldn't make up its mind today. Lots of heavy showers, but reasonably warm, so we were on and off with raincoats all day. Made for lots of short stops, but we did 86km, Ju's biggest day, so something to be proud of, and I've done 4300km, which I'm pretty happy with as well.