It was just light enough to see when my 4.50am alarm went off. I dozed for about ten minutes before emerging to a stirring campground: young children growing restless in tents, early birds moving about, lorikeets making a racket. I ate quickly and grabbed the bag I had prepared last night. Woohoo! I was up and away before anyone else. I videoed myself pulling my way across the river in the little boat attached to a rope and pulley system. After an hour’s walk I reached the gorge. Immediately, I set about filming myself jumping off the waterfall. Other people started appearing just as I’d finished. I chilled out at the waterfall for a while, chatting to two German girls. When they left, I began to explore downstream, finding my own private paradise complete with a balcony (rock ledge) view over a massive swimming pool lined with lush vegetation and to my astonishment a tiny white sandy beach. No one else bothered to venture this far down so I had it all to myself for the rest of the day. I enjoyed my time dozing, reading The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama, and swimming when I got too hot. I even found some rock art. Back at camp I had another swim, then a shower before getting stuck into dinner. As I was cooking a Danish boy came over to ask about my bike and we had a good chat. Another neighbour asked if I could open a bottle of wine for her. She gave me a cupful as a thank you. Yum! It’s dark but I’m not in bed yet because the generator is running and people are rattling about making dinner. It will be an hour or so before things quieten down.

My own piece of paradise

My own piece of paradise

Accommodation $ Camping (Mt Barnett)
Distance ridden today 0km
Total distance ridden 6,982km