Day 4 More D’entrecasteaux
Like all other mornings the day starts with a coffee and some bacon and eggs. The guard/firewall copped a bit of loving with a mallet, hopefully it stops eating my tyres now!(it helped but didn’t stop it)
Gave the beach another quick visit, had another look at the river mouth – checked me dacks – yep I still had a mangina so gave it a miss and was back out onto the tracks to try and get over the the Warren side. This morning was like almost all others on the trip, started out extremely gloomy but the weather cleared up by about 10am.
After a few gravel roads I was back into the soft stuff and into some pretty big dunes, Callcup Hill is around here somewhere but I’m not even sure if I did it. Certainly didn’t see any signage but I did drive every big dune I could find, including one that was ridiculously long, not steep just very long – I think that may be the one everyone goes on about. (Hindsight is a beautiful thing, I wrote this back in 2012, it was most definitely Calcup hill.)
Today was also the first time I saw a snake on the trip, actually surprised at the lack of the little buggers considering the amount of bush around.
This was my most uneventful/lazy day by far the plan was to crossover to the Warren River/Beach side of D’entrecasteaux explore during the day and fish in the early arvo right through till night, I found a nice little clearing 20m off the beach and everything went to plan until the weather hit, dejected I headed back to camp got drunk and ate meat.
My day started at 3:50am. I was woken up by the light strip on the awning slapping up against the door on my cruiser, seems the double sided tape holding it on didn’t like all the rain and wind overnight. Once I’m up – I’m up. So I started packing up straight away, back on to the tracks.. I had to wait an eternity for my tyres to air up (dying compressor)
Airing Up at dawn – dunno why but I really like these pics.
I hit the highway headed for Walpole, grabbed a feed and had a look around.
Called in at a place called Conspicuous Beach – could have spent the whole day there
Awesome views from the lookout
Just as good at ground level
Neat 60 in the carpark, the pics don’t do it justice this thing must have been restored as it looked like it had just rolled off the showroom floor.
I found a place called Peaceful Bay just out of Walpole but did not find much of interest in the town itself, must not have been looking hard enough as a good mate of mine reckons the beaches around there are amazing.
From Peaceful Bay I headed on to Albany and filled the tanks and restocked on meat and grog then I started heading towards Bremmer Bay and the Fitzgerald NP, but I was told to call in to a place called Cheynes Beach so I called past and found it to be one of the hidden gems of the South West, well I certainly had not heard of it anyway.
I get on the beach and it’s rock hard and made the strangest sound when you hit a little soft patch, was a howling, squelching sort of sound, scared the shit out of me initially, anyway the beach was amazing, by far the nicest I had been on in the trip and possibly in my life.
Waychinicup Inlet – I wanted to camp here, but I wanted a shower more.
So after 4 days without a shower, and no camping signs left right and centre I decided to book a spot in the local caravan park. Jeez that shower was good.