Just after I settled down for the night under the ‘verandah’ of the toilet, the Park Ranger came by to make sure no one was camping illegally. Just like I was. Fortunately, he was a nice guy and said he had no problem with me being there, seeing as though I was on a bike and not pitching my tent in the bush. My sister called me for a chat. As the crow flies, she is less than 10km away at Marandoo Mine, where she works as a hydrogeologist. Then I slept. The sun rose over Mt Bruce, lighting my path up the ‘mountain’. I packed up my bed and bike, then set off up the hill. It was an awesome walk with great views over the surrounding arid landscape. I spent about five hours making my way up and down. I was planning on riding over to Dales camp on the eastern side of the National Park, but decided I didn’t have enough time. Instead, I made my way to the Karijini Eco Retreat. What a cool place! Owned by the Gumala Aboriginal Corporation and operated in conjunction with the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife, the retreat provides basic to luxury accommodation that, being in a remote location with significant environmental and cultural value, operates with sustainability as a priority. I can’t wait to get among the gorges tomorrow.
|Accommodation||$ Camping (Karijini Eco Retreat)|
|Distance ridden today||41.58km|
|Average cycling speed||21.3kph|
|Total distance ridden||4,735km|