Some BIG trees today. Tillies, Marris, and Karris. Very impressive. Only took a few minutes to get into Walpole this morning, and while Ju went shopping for some fresh bread rolls, I visited the Info Centre.
Walpole are very proud of their "Tidy Town" Awards, having won both regional and state for some years. The streets are litter free, gardens and reserves amazing, and so reminds me of Hanmer Springs, and the wonderful job our very own gardners do.
The people of Walpole are sneaky though. Over the weekend they wanted to shift a large boat, Lady Walpole, that does cruises around the harbour, up to the Industrial zone from the jetty, for maintenance. Normally this would involve lots of red tape, traffic management and the like. What they did was invite the local copper for a social cup of tea, and while he was distracted and occupied, snuck the Lady Walpole up the main street, and into the yard, without once putting pen to paper, or paying any fees..love it.
So today's ride was a rollercoaster. Lots of long uphill slogs with seemingly, very short downhills. The traffic was very light, and the showers stopped around lunchtime. Gotta say, that the sweet young thing cycling with me (Ju), was leaving me in her dust on the uphills, but I was able to catch up, because of my massive weight, on the downhills.
Ju is settling into the cycling routine. It was her comment about the climbs taking longer than the downhills. I know I was doing a good deal of granny gear grinding, and not much top gear cruising, so I've gotta agree.
We had a choice at about 50km of joining the Munda Biddi, and cutting across the base of a triangle formed by the road, but decided, that after all the rain, and having experienced the state of the trail yesterday, we would stick to the road.
So here we are, at the Shannon River Camp site. We are pitched under cover of a BBQ shelter. All our clothes are hanging in the rafters, drying in the breeze, and with any luck we might even have a dry tent in the morning.
Saw a flock of Emu today. They looked pretty scrawny compared to those I've seen before. And in the bush, Tillie, Marri and Karri, around tonights campsite, were heaps of Kookaburra, so I'm expecting a noisy awakening in the morning.
Just a quick thank you to FIRST TRAINING, and ACTIVE EARTH ADVENTURE, who have provided the inReach locator and Data Plan. Having a daily update of my position on the globe has been fantastic for those following my progress, and a great comfort to friends and family worried about my safety. You can spot my progress too, by following the link on the front page of my website: Grumgoesglobal.com. Check out the bush I am camped behind.