The Bibbulmun: day fourteen – Dookanelly -> Possum Springs

In September and October 2016 I did the 1000km Bibbulmun Track Solo, North-South. Here’s a few excerpts from my journal.

‘Twas a long slog today indeed – 21km diversion for 11km of closed track. Mr Deer and I got up at 4am to get an early start. Dark and ffffreezing. Hiked the first 60-90min with head-torch. 21km on road and 4WD track – most uninspiring but so much better with having conversation. Felt good at end of diversion, although looked at river and went – could have crossed that no sweat. Oh well. Then a bit geographically challenged, spent a few minutes walking up and down looking for track. Found track again (near Worsky conveyor – mistake was that heads were down, tramping up hill, just missed the turn off waugal). Stopped for lunch with only 6 ish km to go (saw 2 emus poking around while we sat). Already at lunch and only 6km left!

Was longest 6km ever. Feet hurting, couldn’t be bothered talking etc. Pacing out km. Bush quite pretty but hard to really appreciate it. Realise don’t have quite enough food for next three days. Ditched too much of it in Dwellingup. Considering a double in the next few days but would be hard – either a 33km tomorrow or 36km the day after…other option is that I go a bit hungry over the next three days!! And no rest day in Collie. Thinking might do 19km tomorrow, then go past the campsite and just pitch a tent somewhere towards Collie so it’s a smaller walk in the 3rd day. As I have no brekkie or lunch that day and minimal snacks. Means a bit of a lonely/scary night though. Oh well, we’ll see. I’m already hungry most of the time as it is. Within 45 minutes of eating – not that I’m eating huge amounts, only snacks and crackers and vegemite in the day. Haven’t thought much about life today. Phone off all day and no reception since day before yesterday. Feeling some separation from it all, which is quite good actually. Like it all actually doesn’t matter out here, for a bit anyway.

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