Saturday, September 8, 2012

Who said Australia was flat?!! Manjimup to Shannon National Park

Left the caravan park at 7.15am and made a great start averaging 18kms an hour- then the hills hit us again!
Long, slow, winding hills that forced us to walk, followed by long, exhilarating downhill runs.
4kms p hr going up - 30+kms p hr going down!

This was the story for most of our day's cycle.

The road was good tar seal, but as it had no shoulder at all we had to pull well to the left every time traffic approached. Luckily the traffic was fairly light.
The road was edged with forests of eucalypts for much of the way. No sign or sound of birds.

Pulled in to Shannon National Park camp ground around 12.15pm and chose a nice shady spot near a very handy ablution block.

Put up the tent. I couldn't even hold my head up to have a picture taken. We were both exhausted. Everything seemed an effort, but we munched through our lunch of filled rolls - made the night before - and regained a little energy.

We're the only ones here. A cheeky raven keeps sneaking up on us looking for something to eat.

Menu for dinner tonight - bread rolls, cold baked beans, a tin of sardines (Del insisted!) and some Goulburn Valley fruit pots. Yum!

A glass of red would go down really well right now!

Did 52kms today. Feels like 152!

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