Western Australia


16/4/2018 – What a Pest

Having been misled about the length of the lease at my previous abode I have now moved in with friend Anne for a couple of months while I visit family in Queensland and cycle the Munda Biddi and then it will be out room hunting again.

David helped with the heavy stuff but I forgot this tall stack of shelves so had to take it on my car.  Glad I bought these cloth roof racks (thanks Linda), they work very well.

And yes, the ironing board fits well on top of the SUP board.  Second SUP board I might add.

Can’t  believe that I have acquired this much gear, plus the bike, two SUP boards and what I have in my room. Not very minimalist and some stuff will have to go!!

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8/4/2018 – AOA Trip along the Murray River near Ravenswood

The day before the above trip was planned David talked me into going out on the ocean, to Little Island (and I mean “little”!!). I had borrowed an AOA kayak for the weekend, so better to use it.

This was exciting. More waves than I have encountered before, but we got to the ‘island’ safely, a large lump of rock and a bit of sand about 2kms off the shoreline at Hillary’s Beach.  David jumped out first to help me in and landed in a hole, so was up to his waist in water – much to my amusement.  But the ocean was washing in over the sand and we had to hold the kayaks tight, so it wasn’t much of a break. We jumped back in and paddled back to shore.  Relieved I made it without getting wet and cold.

The next day was Julie’s trip – “Launch from opposite the Ravenswood Hotel off Pinjarra Road and kayak up the Murray River stopping for morning tea and lunch on the way.”

Beautiful day for a paddle.

Stopping for a break.

Now it gets more interesting, going through the trees and shrubbery, be careful not to get your paddle caught in a branch!

Oh dear!!  David, who was mooching around at the back being Tail End Charlie, hurried to catch us up and got his paddle caught – another dip in the water.

And here he is emptying out his kayak.  Kinda funny when it is not you.

Here I am dry and happy.

Paddling back to Ravenswood Hotel.  Another great trip.  Thanks Julie.

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2/4/2018 – Rendall Close – Weir

A little known area of Margaret River, I was again lucky to be taken here and shown how to find it.  You can see where we were launching the paddle boards from and there are also walking tracks around the area. A nice quiet spot, I will endeavour to find it again one day.  Note: Ten mile walk/cycle trail goes past this spot and can be picked up from here, or reached at the end of River View Drive.  Actually on Warperup Creek now.

A quick look up the road that is a walk/cycle track.

Another beautiful day for mucking around on the river.

Rather muddy, but no one fell in!

Always the poser!

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31/03/2018 – Margaret River and a cycle to Boranup Forest Gallery

Keen to get out and enjoy the fantastic weather, the kayakers managed to get ready and take off just before the paddler boarders.

However, we also enjoyed the Margaret River albeit at a slower pace.

I also got the benefit of a cave tour by Peter and Maxine who had been here before.

Big limestone cliffs with numerous gaps and small caves showing.

The next day I chose to go cycling, a rough cycle on dirt to the local Boranup Gallery for a coffee and look at the art work.  Proving that it won’t be too difficult, local resident Dave takes his tandem along for the ride.  We covered about 45 kms on this track.

Photographer Dean waits for others to come into view.

And I was lucky enough to get a photo taken as I cycled by.

Then we were invited back to Dave’s house for hot cross buns and coffee.  Above is another of his visitors,  an enormous grey kangaroo, they apparently waltz in and out of his garden at will.  This one was not scared and I did not get too close.

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