Left first at 7am to try and beat the 27 degree day expected. 22km day lots of ankle breakers on the track and good interval training. Little ups and downs.
I had a couple of “sat on a log” phone calls today which was lovely. It is nice to catch up with friends and family back home. At my early lunch stop I rang ahead to Balingup where I was planning a rest day in 2 days time. There wasn’t many options as the pub had burnt down and the camping ground was just a transit park. This means byo tent or caravan but no cabins. I wasn’t keen on sleeping in my tent on a day in town so rang a lady on the list who had a caravan to let for $50 a night. With no pub and only one shop and a day time cafe I decided to only stay one night.
I saw my first mushroom. 8km in first 2 hours so sat for break listening to nice chirpybirds, not screechy ones.
22 km day with quite a few wee ups and downs, 3 good rest stops and I took 6hrs 15min.
At camp tonight we had 3 people going NOBO and us 4 southbounders. SOBOs. It was a warm night but we still lit the firepit. This is done to help clear all the drppoed wood from around the hut to help reduce the chance of the hut burning down in a bush fire. So lots of wood is used which concerned me at first. In NZ we have limited firewood so would not waste any at all.