Preparing for the Bibbulman Track, Western Australia

@JudyEv (129847)
Bunbury, Australia
September 4, 2016 8:29am CST
We've just had two days away. We drove down to Walpole on the south coast of Western Australia. We have a friend who has walked most of the Bibbulman Track, a 623 miles (1,003 kilometres) walk trail which goes from the Perth suburb of Kalamunda to Albany on the south coast. In a few weeks time she will tackle another section of the trail. This will involve quite a bit of walking on beach sand along the coast and at one point she'll have to paddle across a small section of water. There are huts a days' walk apart along the trail but if you don't have a support team, you have to carry everything you need in a backpack. We are going to take our bus/motor-home and our friend will only need a backpack instead of food, sleeping bag, air mattress etc. She will be able to have a shower at the end of her day, a hot meal and a comfortable bed. However, because the bus is so big, we needed to know where and if we'd be able to meet her easily. There are only limited places along the trail where a vehicle can go and even less places that will accommodate a 37 foot bus. So we've now done a reconnoitre in the car and have worked out where we can stop each night. Mostly we'll be free-camping. As Vin and I aren't walking, we'll be taking our cameras and plenty of books to read while we wait for our friend to arrive each evening. The photo shows some of the scenery our friend will see on her walk – if she's not too exhausted to enjoy it.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
4 Sep 16
where does the boat for the paddling come from?
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
There are some canoes (I don't know how many exactly - I presume 5 or 6) left each side of the inlet. You row yourself and your gear across, drop off your gear, tow a canoe back and leave it then row back again. This ensures there are always canoes on both sides of the inlet. The Bibbulman can be walked either way. So that in itself is quite an effort.
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• Centralia, Missouri
5 Sep 16
@JudyEv so each crossing takes three, wow, sounds like a lot of work
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Sep 16
@Jessicalynnt Luckily she has done a bit of rowing as she runs a wellness group at her workplace and she organised a rowing course. This part is freaking her out a bit. She has 21 kms to do and she tries to do a bit less than that each day and 8 kms is in heavy beach sand.
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• Preston, England
5 Sep 16
great that she has a support team ready to greet her at the end of each phase of the trail - sounds a great hike
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Sep 16
Beats walking it!
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• Preston, England
8 Sep 16
@JudyEv I'd quite enjoy the walking too
@amadeo (70186)
• United States
4 Sep 16
The view is great.I love the photo.We are going walking tomorrow.If we do not get rained out.
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
It is a very pretty coastline at that spot - and round most of the south coast.
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@JohnRoberts (61074)
• Los Angeles, California
4 Sep 16
That is some kind of trail. Too long for me to walk but I would love to be standing there and enjoying that view.
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
We wouldn't do it either but some people have done it numerous times and in both directions.
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@Inlemay (16713)
• South Africa
6 Sep 16
thats a very long walk - I hope she takes some time to take in the scenery because its really worth the few seconds indeed.
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Sep 16
She never takes photos even if she is just being an 'ordinary' tourist but I'm sure she takes note of what is around.
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@Inlemay (16713)
• South Africa
6 Sep 16
@JudyEv then thats all she needs to do - enjoy the LONG Stroll
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@just4him (123706)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
4 Sep 16
That's a lovely view. I'm sure she'll take time to enjoy it. It sounds like an energetic walk for her. I hope all goes well for her and you.
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
Each day will be from 13 to 22 kms (8 to 13 miles). One day she has 8kms to do on beach sand so that will be an effort - and there are warnings to watch out for king waves so she shouldn't really walk on the harder, wet sand at the water's edge.
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@just4him (123706)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
9 Sep 16
@JudyEv I hope she does well with it.
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@jaboUK (54860)
• United Kingdom
5 Sep 16
Now that's called being a friend indeed
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Sep 16
Thanks. We're not so 'friendly' that we're walking with her. But we should have a pretty relaxing time too.
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 Sep 16
Sounds like quite a hike!
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
6 Sep 16
This section is the hardest bit. She is not looking forward to the canoe bit or walking in the beach sand.
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@cacay1 (33198)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
5 Sep 16
Nice post and view, How nice to be there sitting alone on stones and see the vast ocean,then sigh.
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Sep 16
We should have quite a bit of time to sit and enjoy the scenery while waiting for our friend.
@xFiacre (4741)
• Ireland
5 Sep 16
@judyev A shower at the end of the day's walking sounds just perfect.
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Sep 16
I know she appreciates the 'comforts of home' that the bus affords.
@shaggin (37309)
• United States
5 Sep 16
That is so nice you are helping your friend like this. It sounds like an amazing opportunity for her! Reminds me of the movie The Wild starring Reece Witherspoon.
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
5 Sep 16
We helped her a year or two ago over another section. Once this section is over she won't have far to go to the end.
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@5thHouse (1692)
• Sheffield, England
4 Sep 16
That's breathtaking scenery, for sure.
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
If I was much younger I would like to do it but it's too late now. But we can help Lynn to achieve it.
@Corbin5 (112764)
• United States
4 Sep 16
Your friend certainly has a lovely place to walk! Sounds like a wonderful adventure for all.
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@JudyEv (129847)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
It will be a little holiday for us - and quite hard work for her! :)
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• United States
5 Sep 16
she's most blessed to've friends such's y'all :) what a lovely view 'ndeed! i look ferward to seein' pics 'n hearin' tales 'f her adventure.
@epiffanie (10408)
• Australia
4 Sep 16
That's a lovely view!