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@JudyEv (107650)
Bunbury, Australia
September 30, 2016 9:33am CST
We've been supporting a friend who is walking the Bibbulman Track in south-west Western Australia. We have been following her in our bus/motor-home, picking her up each afternoon, sometimes at midday as well, and supplying a comfortable bed and a hot meal. This saves her carrying a backpack which is nearly as big as she is. We left home on a Tuesday morning and after a couple of hours driving we stopped at a town which we know sells fuel (gas) as cheap as anywhere else. Lynn and I went off to the public toilets while Vince parked the bus. There was a backpacker leaning against the wall of the ablutions block and eating mandarins. We went back to the bus and passed Vince on his way to the toilets. Lynn and I agreed that Vince would return with the backpacker and sure enough, he came back to the bus to say that he'd promised Maxim, a French lad, a lift to the turn-off to Pemberton. We had a coffee first and exchanged pleasantries then off we went, dropping Maxim where he needed to be. I wonder if we'll ever see him again? He was a bit of a hunk. The photo shows some of the big timber that we travelled through.
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@vandana7 (58755)
• India
30 Sep 16
You changed your profile picture and I lost you...you are the Australian with that great one room tree..:) Well, that is very sweet of you to do...you want me to do whoopi goldberg role? Well you might see him after about 10 years.
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Sep 16
I'm pleased you 'found' me again. I'll have photos of those huge hollowed trees later.
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@vandana7 (58755)
• India
1 Oct 16
@JudyEv .. Please...the thought of living in a room like that is so ..fairy tale like...:)
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@moffittjc (38137)
• Gainesville, Florida
1 Oct 16
Her new profile picture threw me off too! It took me a little while to realize it was Judy!
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@jaboUK (51992)
• United Kingdom
30 Sep 16
Nice to hear from you again Judy. There doesn't seem a lot of room on that road in your picture.
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Sep 16
I think that particular part was one-way but in other sections the road was very narrow. That's why we did a recce of the area a week or two ago. As it was we nearly got stuck once or twice.
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• Philippines
30 Sep 16
Those are very old trees, I've seen something this for the first time. Your a good person helping her out.
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Sep 16
The trees in that part of the world are very spectacular - and very tall. I'm pleased to show you something you haven't seen before.
@princemaxp (2054)
• Bhubaneshwar, India
1 Oct 16
I love the pic
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Oct 16
Thank you. We have some lovely forests in our south-west. It is always a pleasure to visit there.
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• Bhubaneshwar, India
1 Oct 16
@JudyEv I love forest....I will surely visit Australia someday to spend sometime camping in the forest...
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Oct 16
@princemaxp We have some lovely camping places in the forests here.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
1 Oct 16
those are indeed some HUUUUGE trees
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Oct 16
They are massive - not as tall as the sequoias though.
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• Centralia, Missouri
1 Oct 16
@JudyEv Ive never gotten to see the big trees in Cali, but I have in oregon, some are impressive
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Oct 16
@Jessicalynnt I know our karris are the tallest tree but they are one of the tallest I think.
@LadyDuck (130676)
• Switzerland
30 Sep 16
You were so kind to help Maxime, who knows if you will ever see him again. He will surely remember you.
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Sep 16
I wondered how I should spell 'Maxime'. Now I know. I should have looked it up but we didn't get home till late in the afternoon.
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@LadyDuck (130676)
• Switzerland
1 Oct 16
@JudyEv Did you find the spelling? It comes natural to spell this name to me.
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@Platespinner (19307)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
1 Oct 16
So where are the photos of this young French hunk?
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Oct 16
Unfortunately we didn't get a photo of him. You'll just have to take my word for it!
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
2 Oct 16
@JudyEv Sigh.
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@silvermist (17119)
• India
30 Sep 16
@JudyEv The track seems to have both very old and young trees.It is nice that you helped Lynn.Also you lent a helping hand to Maxim though you all met him for the first time.I am reminded of the quote- "A stranger is just a friend I haven't met yet." ~Will Rogers.
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Sep 16
It is a beautiful part of Australia. I know that quote. It is very true in most cases.
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@silvermist (17119)
• India
2 Oct 16
@JudyEv Yes.it is true in most cases (if not all).
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@Inlemay (16640)
• South Africa
30 Sep 16
I hope you took some photos of the HUNK - so glad that you had a great time, sounds like it was busy Welcome home
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Sep 16
We didn't unfortunately. It was an interesting time but pretty relaxing for us.
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@Inlemay (16640)
• South Africa
1 Oct 16
@JudyEv that's one great reward. Relaxing time.
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@Corbin5 (88550)
• United States
30 Sep 16
Glad Maxim was a bit of a hunk. I would want to see him again too!
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Sep 16
You never know. Maybe I'll get lucky.
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@Corbin5 (88550)
• United States
1 Oct 16
@CoolPeace (1604)
• Miami, Florida
2 Oct 16
It was very nice of you to give your help.
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Oct 16
Thanks. We enjoyed our time away too.
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• New Delhi, India
1 Oct 16
Very nice gesture... It is praiseworthy
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Oct 16
Thank you very much. It is nice to be able to help people from time to time.
• Japan
1 Oct 16
That sounds like a fun thing to do, and I'm sure your friend feels safer with you around.
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Oct 16
We did enjoy our time away - saw some new country, took lots of photos and read lots of books. :)
@salonga (28074)
• Philippines
1 Oct 16
Maxim is blessed to have friends like you.
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Oct 16
I think he was grateful to accept a lift as he had a very big backpack with him.
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@Gillygirl (16445)
• Sutton, England
1 Oct 16
Welcome back it was kind of you to give Maxim a lift. The area looks glorious.
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Oct 16
We call it 'big timber' country. It is very pretty.
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@marsha32 (6770)
• United States
1 Oct 16
A lot of the bicyclists that stay at the bike hostel in our church have a vehicle with someone who follows them on their trip. This is a great thing you are doing!
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Oct 16
Having a support person or two does make cycling or walking much easier.
@Jackalyn (6544)
• Oxford, England
1 Oct 16
What a fun thing to do. Nice for the friend to be so well supported too.
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Oct 16
Our son backpacked and hitch-hiked in his younger days so we like to help others when we can.
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@cindiowens (3897)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1 Oct 16
Those trees are huge! Wow, that sounds so exciting!
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
1 Oct 16
It is very pretty driving through that country with the massive trees. The wildflowers are blooming at the moment too.
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@Hate2Iron (7299)
• Canada
30 Sep 16
Goodness, what gorgeous scenery!! And I'm sure that your friend was happy to have a bed ready to crawl into each night!!
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Sep 16
Several days she was soaking wet when she got to us - after walking 20+kms. The weather wasn't very kind to her unfortunately. But she did what she set out to do so that's great.
@acelawrites (10866)
• Philippines
30 Sep 16
Looks like you ar also enjoying following your friend. It's nice to walk through that forest with beautiful trees along the path.
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@JudyEv (107650)
• Bunbury, Australia
30 Sep 16
Some of the scenery was very spectacular. We only walked short distances, mostly to meet our friend when she was due to arrive.