- Start date: 6 September 2017
- Age When Completed: 60
- Direction Walked: North to South
- Others in Group:
I hiked alone.
I really enjoyed taking my time (73 days) to savour my journey with intention and attention, staying focused on my plan but allowing flexibility when my body requested it.
I stayed overnight at every campsite (except Gringer Creek as there was a diversion due to a planned burn), and at least two nights in every town. This allowed me to be totally immersed in the experience.
I also allowed an extra three days to explore the Wellington Dam spur trail.
Planning my food supplies for my hike took many months, with my dehydrator getting a very good workout. I loved dehydrating my own meals and organic seasonal fruit, and always looked forward to getting my resupply boxes at each town.
I rationed all my food into daily zip lock bags, which meant I only carried exactly what I knew I would need for each day.
I carried an extra “emergency” day’s food, which was very welcome when I decided to stay at Parry’s Beach for the night and walk Mazzoletti Beach in the fresh calm early morning. This was one of my best decisions!
In the past, I’ve always enjoyed the karri and tingle forest sections best, but this time I think my favourite was Denmark to Albany. Early mornings along beaches, sand dunes, cliffs and wind farm were exquisite!
Sharing orchid sightings with my fellow orchid arrowologists, especially Snail, Waugal and Burger.
The wildflowers and orchids were spectacular!
An infinitely enriching and deepening experience.
A journey of mindfulness, tenacity, discovery, resilience and countless rewards.
A perfect balance of solitude and eclectic company.
Gratitude and blessings to all fellow Bibbulonians.
I’ll be back!
Kangaroos, emus, echidnas, wild boar, snakes, countless birds, march flies, a whale, ticks, spiders, insects, surfers, marron, fish, lizards, skinks.
Your Best Equipment
Quite high expectations
Very positive attitude
Waterproof (NOT) boots
Xtra layers of clothing
Zs (hoping for lots)
Advice for Others
Helen Keller said “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
This has been an exceptional chapter in the daring adventure of my life.
What will your next chapter be I wonder?