In September and October 2016 I did the 1000km Bibbulmun Track Solo, North-South. Here’s a few excerpts from my journal.
Yesterday was so cruisy I was thinking I’d be bummed about not doubling today, BUT. Wildish night, woke to rain and ?hail many times. Some rain during the walk but not too bad, just squalls passing though as per usual. In last couple of km to conspicuous beach though, up on the ridge of the dunes, really windy! Blowing me sideways off the track kind of windy. Had to take the cockblocker off or it would be lost (come at me boys). Saw Mum and Dad pulling in as I walked the final ridge, good timing. Also, randomly, Ben Carter with his girlfriend (small world). Had chicken sangas and raw cheesecake and rooibos tea that Mum and Dad brought. Went up to the lookout, then the viewing platform. One of the windiest land experiences I can remember. SO WINDY. Somehow beach and cliff turned into wind tunnel and it was so strong on the platform you could literally lean into it. Was like being on a show ride, was hilarious and fun. Just so love mother nature! So much wild!
Mum joined me from there, just 3km to hut but was rain (sideways) and strong wind and sand dunes. Made for v tough walking and on arriving here was glad to be single hutting! Peaceful Bay tomorrow with the much lauded fish and chips – don’t want to get hopes too high as got excited about hot choc/coffee at the Tree Top Walk and that turned out shite. Told Mum of some of my existential crisis-ness and she said I sound like a product of my generation. Chopping/changing, I think she is referring to. Maybe. But how does that help me? It doesn’t.
Hungry hungry hippo again this arv. Probs coz I’m sitting here doing sweet FA. Lying in baggie as too cold in wind not to. Shelter is fairly sheltered but even so. Nice hut here, love the coastal views. Just love the coast. Where will life go when I get back? Why do I want all the answers now? Is that not a lesson I have learned in the last 6 weeks, to not get caught up making plans and assumptions and worrying about the future coz you have no idea how it will go? (What day you’ll arrive, how the weather will turn out, how sore your feet will be then, etc). So then, just enjoy this part and then let it happen when you get back, right? Right enough I reckon.
Feel v sleepy all of a sudden. Saw the ‘king in his carriage’ orchids today, before Ficifolia road, then a new stripey one – unidentified as yet. Several roos – seems to be roos and not wallabies in this section. 842km today. Far out, long way. Feet still hurting. Don’t think they’ll stop. Right toe hurting yesterday for first time, at the joint. Also last night – took pandol during the night to get back to sleep. Hips also v uncomfy – kinda jerky uncomfortable feelings. V unpleasant. That is my new answer for what I miss most – a real bed. Comfy mattress and warm doona although my baggies is v warm, when it’s done up I can’t stretch out as much as I’d like. It’s 1520. And I want to sleep. Still 2-3 h til tea time. Nearly got lost around 5.3 or 5.5km, turning off firebreak. So distracted by views of sea, kept going on firebreak. Stopped for photo, then just happened to turn around. Saw trail about 5m into bush, with short sign post with waugal on it! Unusual as not many waugals in this southern section, so very lucky happened to see it!