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About Girl on a Bike

Initially Girl on a Bike was planning to resume cycle touring by riding from Adelaide to Darwin! That trip is over and she is now documenting further travels and happenings in her life.

CAPE TO CAPE RECONNOITER

1/10/2017 – Short Trip Down South

Linda and I are going south for a few days to check out the camping spots and access points on the Cape to Cape walk that I am going to do in November with two friends from Kangaroo Island.

Above is a view from the first access point at Rabbit Hill car park.  It is a heavenly day and difficult to stop taking photos with the beautiful views.

The view walking down to the Left Handers car park.

A small grotto just on from the Ellensbrook Homestead.

Fabulous Margaret River.

The Boranup Lookout, discovered while searching out the Boranup Forest campground where we will camp for a few days on the walk.

Hamlyn Bay.

Pink flowers on the walk down to the granite headland.  I think that I actually managed to find this one in my Australian Wildflowers book. Pink Rice Flower Coastal Banjine.  Pimelea ferruginea

From granite headland.

Some interesting plants with red (succulent?) leaves. Please message me if you know what this plant is.

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SEPTEMBER LONG WEEKEND PART 3

24/09/2017 – SUPing down the river

As the only member with a Stand Up Paddle board, I created a group of one to take the same course as the kayaks down river to the river mouth at Guilderton.  Having an inflatable board I hurried off early to be prepared and ready before the kayaks hit the water.

All went well, except for several spots of rain.  I was so happy to be out and free on my paddle board, no one to keep up with, I could go where I wanted and go as slowly as I wanted.

A group of cormorants hung around looking wet and miserable, but it wasn’t cold, I pulled in for a closer look then went on my merry way.

I must be nearly there now, no kayaks have overtaken me yet and I can already see the start of the sand dunes. The rain has eased off and the water is smooth.

I paddled right up to the river mouth, you can see that the sand bar has now broken and water is going out to the sea.

I borrowed this picture from Hui Lin, who was around when the sand bar broke yesterday.  Apparently children often tunnel across, delighted to see the two waters mixing.  This looks pretty rough, and you can see the brown water going out into the ocean.

At last the kayakers catch up and we all had lunch together.  I was getting a bit cold by this stage as I managed to fall in when Julie shouted to me from the shore, “PAMELA”, surprised I turned and whoopoh, there I go straight into the water.  Very apologetically she invited me to sit inside their vehicle while we waited for the kayakers, and I managed to dry off a bit.

On the way back, I know that the kayakers will soon be ahead of me, sure enough, here comes Hui Lin.

But it is not a race, and I plan to enjoy the return journey.

I can stop when I like and have a break.  However, the clouds are looking a bit ominous and I don’t really want to get soaked again, so onwards I go.  A great day.

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SEPTEMBER LONG WEEKEND PART 2

24/09/2017 – Campsite and Evenings

The usual array of colours, shapes and sizes. My recently acquired 3 man beige dome tent is central, with nose of my car showing on left. By the way, there is no way 3 men would fit in that tent, I would be lucky to get one in there!  I have to sleep diagonally myself to avoid my pillow sucking in moisture from outside.

This is what we do when we are not kayaking, paddling, walking or cycling – we chat, drink coffee or wine and socialize with each other.

In the evenings, someone organizes a music quiz – easy if you follow his genre of music, otherwise impossible.

Or another someone has a go at charades.  Either way it is always an enjoyable time, even though quite cold as you can see by the clothing.

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SEPTEMBER LONG WEEKEND CAMP AT WILLOWBROOK FARM, GINGIN

23/09/2107 – Camping and Kayaking north of Perth

One hour north of Perth lies the Moore River, it’s mouth at Guilderton and 20 minutes away from there is Willowbrook Farm camping where we set up tents for the weekend.

First thing Saturday morning was a trip to Guilderton with a river walk in mind. Note the difference in colour of the river, the sand bar and the sea beyond.

A look the other way gives a view upriver.

A short walk towards the mouth offers this view, and you can see how coloured the river water is, mostly vegetation and runoff from the land. At this point, the sandbar has not been breached and the two waters are separate.

Again a look upriver brings out the strong colour of the river.

Everybody ready for that walk!  We certainly won’t lose each other in the bush!

We venture on a walk upriver, along a small track, another beautiful day to be thankful for.

Even a picture of me with my orange day pack.

Here is an amusing sculpture of the ever patient tin man looking out to sea in Guilderton.

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