The end of the Bibbulman Track for the moment

@JudyEv (137389)
Bunbury, Australia
October 6, 2016 7:34pm CST
One of my last posts was about the Bibbulman Track, a walking trail in Western Australia which covers a total of about 600 miles or 1,000 kilometres. Over several years our friend, Lynn, has now walked almost all of the track. A few weeks ago we took Lynn to Walpole and followed along in the bus as she walked several more sections. The second part of this particular walk took us down to the coast. At one point Lynn had to cross a sandbar, wading in water up to her knees. She was very pleased that she wasn't carrying a big backpack like some of the other walkers. At the Irwin Inlet, she had to launch a canoe and paddle several hundred metres to the other side. She was 7 kms into the walk as we weren't able to help her at this stage. Luckily, we had met a young couple who were also on the trail. Although they walked much faster than Lynn, they happened to be at the inlet at the same time and very kindly took her across. We caught up with them several times over the next few days and I borrowed their walking sticks for a photo to make me look more authentic. There is a very ordinary photo of a paddock but hopefully you will be able to see the many black swans that were feeding in the lush swampy grass. Much of the land was very, very wet. The ducks were in the one of two caravan parks we stayed in. Otherwise we free-camped along the way. At one campsite the bus was buffeted all night by strong winds. Lynn came in that night soaked to the skin. Her boots were often soaking. The last part of Lynn's walk was through scrubland which had been hit by a bushfire earlier this year. It was amazing to see how fast the bush is regenerating. Although we'd done a recce in the car a few weeks earlier we still managed to get the bus almost stuck at the very last pick-up point. The peppermint tree branches were quite low and we had to do what seemed like a 36-point turn before we managed to get it turned around.
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@Hatley (164468)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Oct 16
I was amazed at the blackened shrubbery must have been quite a fire thats a really'loing trail
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct 16
It was a huge and intense fire but the bush is very resilient and is bouncing back.
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@Hatley (164468)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Oct 16
@JudyEv I had seen that in f0rest tires bac in the 'Black Hills of South Dakota lol
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct 16
@Hatley Wildfires can be very devastating. We often hear about the big fires in California and Spain.
@cindiowens (4572)
• North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
7 Oct 16
Wow that is a LONG trail!
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@jstory07 (71353)
• Roseburg, Oregon
7 Oct 16
Yes that is a very long trail.
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct 16
@istory07 @cindiowens It is becoming known throughout the world now as a great walk trail. Lynn has done bits and pieces over the last several years but now has only a small section to go.
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@TRBRocks420 (84566)
• Banks, Oregon
7 Oct 16
That looks like a trail, me and, Rooger would love to walk on.
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct 16
If we got the chance we would walk to meet her as some of the tracks were really pleasant to walk on.
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@sueznewz2 (10161)
• Alicante, Spain
9 Oct 16
brilliant... lovely photos of some very nice scenery... thanks for sharing ... I see she had a bit of a mixed bag of weather for her trip.... it was good of that lad to give her a helping hand...
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Oct 16
The weather was certainly less than ideal but it never got her down. She stayed positive and relatively cheerful even when soaked to the bone. I would have been biting everyone's head off.
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@sueznewz2 (10161)
• Alicante, Spain
9 Oct 16
@JudyEv lol's would you... I don't mind the rain.. I think it's because I'm used to it.... lol
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Oct 16
@sueznewz2 I quite like rain too but she had walked for hours in it and even her boots and socks were soaked from time to time. I think walking in wet shoes would make me miserable but she said somehow her feet warmed the socks up and you didn't notice it. I'll take her word for it. :)
@TheHorse (73698)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Oct 16
Why do the trees in your lead photo look almost as if they'd experienced a fire recently?
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct 16
A big fire went through in March and I quote: 'The last part of Lynn's walk was through scrubland which had been hit by a bushfire earlier this year. It was amazing to see how fast the bush is regenerating.' Egg on face?
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@TheHorse (73698)
• Walnut Creek, California
7 Oct 16
@JudyEv Sort of. You didn't specify that that was the area in the photo. Plus, I see grass growing, but the trees look like they're trying to decide whether to survive or call it quits.
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct 16
@TheHorse I hope I didn't sound too rude. In the video there is a set of 3 (I think) photos which show the new growth on the trees. Almost all are sprouting again now. It is quite a strange landscape to walk through with so many blackened trees but then the bright green grass and new red and green shoots everywhere.
@Jessicalynnt (47879)
• Centralia, Missouri
17 Oct 16
Her doing this is pretty amazing, that's alot of alone time, I honestly dont know if I could do that
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Nov 16
It is a long time to spend on your own, especially if you are wet, tired and facing a huge climb. Whenever we could, towards the end of the day we would walk to meet her and then walk the last little bit back to the bus with her.
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• Centralia, Missouri
2 Nov 16
@JudyEv well that was a lovely thing to do, and some great exercise
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@just4him (128870)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Oct 16
Wonderful slide show. Beautiful pictures especially of the coast. Gorgeous!
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Nov 16
Thanks. I'll glad you enjoyed the slide show. I have more to make now of our latest trip. Hope you've been well.
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@just4him (128870)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Nov 16
@JudyEv I've been good, thank you.
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@mom210 (6771)
• Atlanta, Georgia
15 Oct 16
That is quite an accomplishment on such a very long trail.
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Nov 16
She just has about a three-day walk of short bursts to go before she has completed the whole trail.
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@teamfreak16 (42070)
• Denver, Colorado
7 Oct 16
Very cool slideshow. Gave it a thumbs up!
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
2 Nov 16
Thanks!! It's always nice to get a thumbs up.
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@LadyDuck (182873)
• Switzerland
7 Oct 16
The big fire of your autumn shows on the trees, but I see that the vegetation on the ground is coming back. This is surely the longest walking trail in the world.
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct 16
I don't think it is but it certainly gaining a reputation amongst those who like hiking.
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• Eugene, Oregon
7 Oct 16
That is a strenuous walk and an interesting trip.
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct 16
We managed to walk small sections of the trail ourselves. We would guesstimate when Lynn should arrive and set off half-an-hour beforehand and walk to meet her.
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@andriaperry (61376)
• Anniston, Alabama
7 Oct 16
Sounds like a wonderful adventure to me
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct 16
We thoroughly enjoyed the ten days. The weather wasn't very good but we were warm and drier - or at least warmer and drier than Lynn. :)
@acelawrites (12558)
• Philippines
7 Oct 16
It is so wonderful you have that kind of track where people can enjoy and challenge themselves to walk that long span.
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct 16
People are now coming from all over Australia and some from overseas to walk the track. It has been a wonderful thing for showing folk our state.
@jstory07 (71353)
• Roseburg, Oregon
7 Oct 16
That track looks very nice. I would love to walk along it. I have walked along some that are a couple miles long.
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@JudyEv (137389)
• Bunbury, Australia
7 Oct 16
Some of it goes through very pretty country.