I am so exhausted. Add walking, climbing and swimming to riding and you have a recipe for extreme fatigue. I explored Weano Gorge early this morning, clambering my way beyond the handrail pool and past the last gorge risk sign, eventually reaching an unpassable drop into a pool below. It is such good fun climbing and swimming through the gorge. The water was so cold that my feet started to hurt fairly quickly and I realised the warnings about hypothermia are serious. After a while I just wanted to get out of the gorge and find a bit of warmth. I rode to Knox Gorge where incredible views from the top tempted me to climb down and immerse myself in the ferns, Ficus, pools and waterfalls. There are so many amazing spots in Karijini that after a while you just need to put the camera away and just experience being there in the moment. Months would not be enough to explore all that could be found here. I am back at camp now and have been perusing my maps in an effort to find a way through the hills to Hamersley Gorge. There is a chance I could find some old tracks through the north of the National Park and onto a dirt road that runs west to the gorge. But even if I did manage to get there, I would only have an hour or so to explore before having to return back to camp…
…Ignore what I have just said. A guy called Phil who works here five months of the year doing astronomy shows just walked past. Having chatted to him yesterday, I knew he is an active mountain biker, so I asked him about getting to the gorge by bike. He said it would not be possible to get to Hamersley and back in one day. But he did give me a new idea: to go and explore Bee Gorge, which he described as vastly different from the other gorges within the National Park. Bee Gorge is not part of the standard tourist trail and would be well worth seeing as it will soon be demolished by mining activity. Phil said he will later draw me a map of the area so I don’t get lost out there.
|Accommodation||$ Camping (Karijini Eco Retreat)|
|Distance ridden today||44.57km|
|Average cycling speed||14.9kph|
|Total distance ridden||4,805km|