Sunday, December 9, 2012

Job Done!!!!!!!!!!

Finished - Huge Congrats mate

Day 17

In sight 10kms to go.

Day 17

Day 17 very long and lots of snakes. 17hrs for 67km. Waited a while for taxi and long drive around inlet. Very overgrown at Pelican Point and then lots of the next 2 sections. Last day tomorrow. Will miss the track but need a rest!

Day 16

Day 16 struggled with low energy. Rained most day then blew up rough. Paddled across inlet into strong wind. Made up time on long beach. 46km at 11:14 hrs Going better today. Waiting in Denmark for taxi around inlet. 

Day 15

Day 15 went way too long. Finished around 10pm for 17hrs and 65km. Spent ages on dark nav rocky headlands and beaches. Shorter day today to time access to ferry boat tomorrow and recover. 2 huts today for about 45km if i make it. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Day 14

Coast at last! Battered shoes and feet

Day 11,12 &13 Update

Small gap of signal only yesterday. Day 11 total was 52.84km for 13:09hrs. Day 12 short at 36.31km for 8:01hrs. Regretted not going on but was the right thing to stop. Day 13 Tuesday early start and flat day but crappy surface of bark and branches then dodging bogs and marshy puddles all day slowed things. Still managed good overall pace covering 70.9km on garmin at 14:33hrs. Stinking hot and in open marsh and heathlands all day. Totally trashed feet especially given altered gait for injury. Some great scenery and highlight was emu running away followed by half a dozen fury football sized chicks going as fast as their legs would take them.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Day 12

Day 12 started late again to get a cooked breakfast. Just so bloody hungry. Have lost weight despite eating like a horse. Planned just 2 huts to rest my nagging ankle. But made great time on open flat trails so made lake hut about 4:30. Pushed on but went a few hundred metres and decided at best 25km to next hut was 5hrs. Probably more in dark. Turned back to stay here. Washed in lake and managed to dry constantly damp clothes in stiff breeze. Early to bed for early start and long day tomorrow. Big change in terrain to coastal heath and open low flat landscape with only occasional forest and creek crossing. Getting close to coast at last!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Day 11 update

Day 11 late start to get to shop to buy more food. Ate half of it before out of town! Ankle was sore from start which worried. Got worse fast until shin was really painful as well. Limped on to first hut, Warren. Rested for a while. Settled with a break. Still made todays destination but might make it a little shorter tomorrow to rest it. Middle sector today was a nightmare of blowdowns old and new from the storm. Shame as great forest trail otherwise. Recovering in a 1950s caravan at Northcliffe tonight.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Dec 2 Update

Day 10 was long and tough but spectacular scenery. Into high dense forest with massive trees. Made it to Pemberton with 70km on garmin and another 15hr day but plenty of food a shower and bed. Late start today waiting to access shop for more food! Official halfway at last!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Dec 1 Update

Day 8 had a great day. Rained heaps but only few gusts. Lots of blow downs from storm. Old bloke in hut was afraid of tree coming down. Guy from hut Day 9 pitched his tent in the shelter. It was wild. Did 58.8km in 13.21. Including long lunch in Balingup with Ron. Day 9 another long one. Had excellent feed at Donnelly. Last section about 25km and ankle gets bad near end of day so hard finish. Spectacular scenery though. Hut alone. 65km in 13:51 Will try for Pemberton tomorrow.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Nov 30 update

Day 7 was the wildest weather which continued through night. Freezing despite sleeping in all my dry clothes down bag and space blanket over top. More rain Day 8 but patchy sun. Had great feed in Balingup with Ron who came out to meet me. Great afternoon with some great climbing and views. Ankle held up well until Gregory Brook hut where I stayed. Through donnelly. 2 more huts today hopefully. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Nov 29 Update

'Holy Cow, what a storm, was in full on survival mode to get to hut. Made it around 8pm, well over distance with course change. About 65km I think. Heading to Balingup - more rain'

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nov 28 Update

- Moving ok. 3 Hut day today - Sitting in hut with 1 more to go today but howling storm has hit so hoping it will break soon. Tough section to finish day. Will be late.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nov 27 Update

Day 6 on Bibbulmun stopped early to rest inflamed ankle. Will make early start tomorrow.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Update 26 Nov

Stopped at murrays 35km in 8.5hrs. great day beautiful hut, went for a swim. cruising nicely again.

Nov25 Update

Getting hot again. Moving ok but slower, 88km and 19.5hrs drained me a bit. Not sure if I stop at Murray or push on to Dookanelly.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Update 24Nov

On Mt Cooke Looking to stop soon, Day2: 64.5km. Lost track coming off Mt Cooke cost me time so stopped at Nerang 14.21hrs. Long haul today weather good wish me luck! Spectacular View from Mt Boomerang

Friday, November 23, 2012

Update 23Nov

Packed it in after 15:09hrs and65.9km on garmin but less by guide book. Sharing Mt Dale hut with naked old man who got a fright when i rocked up in the dark. At brookton hwy now reloading. Feel good. Another long day ahead. Warming up but moving well. Just climbed up from Canning river. 31km for day so far in 6:20 but some hills ahead.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Update 1

Damn hot but going well. 40km in including bonus kms for official detour at Weir and missed turns retraced early on. Struggling with fluids in heat. Looking forward to cool evening. Have drop at Brookton Hwy but might not make that.