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Saturday, June 13, 2015

Home and Hosed



We made it!

Exactly on schedule Ree, Marilyn and Walter hiked into Kalamunda, the Northern Terminus of the Bibbulmun track! We had hiked 820 kilometers in total (due to the many closed sections we could not walk the entire 1000kms). Walking with us were Judy and Marg, good Camino friends who also joined us on the trail previously. We came to Kalamunda to find a ribbon across the trail. No, not another diversion, this was the finishing line put there by our friend Alastair who was there waiting for us with fellow hiker Phil and his wife who formed the welcoming committee!


Lots of joy and photos before we proceeded to the tourist office which was hidden in Kalamunda (no more waugals!). We found it and rang the inconspicuous End to End bell hidden in the back of the shop before finding the pub which was conveniently located at the end of the track. Chris also made it for a last beer and a cheers before Alastair drove Marilyn to her caravan where she crashed in the 'old bat cave' and took Ree and me to Darlington for a real bed :)


The next day we ventured into the Big Smoke of Perth to find the well hidden office of the Bib Foundation to register our end to end as it helps with their funding to show people are doing it all!

Driving into town and parking was an experience not ideally done after two months of serenity, make that three months if you count the bicycle ride from Tasmania to Albany! But we did it. We found the office, were told it was easier to complete the paperwork and do it on line - after we made the effort to come in. We bought all the Bibbulmun souvenirs available (the metal Waugul, the patch, the car sticker, magnet and the pendant) but could not afford the Bib marked apparel and hiking equipment.

Friday night we had a communal dinner at Chris and Shinomi's home where we also had Eric, Marilyn's husband.  Saturday Marilyn and Eric drove off with the caravan towards Tasmania and Walter and Ree took off to visit friends in the Bunbury area. This was the end!

Not quite the end,.... we arrived back in Tasmania and completed the paperwork for the End to End and I received an email from the Bibbulmun Foundation:

Walter, congratulations on reaching your destination. We hope your goals were achieved.

However I'm afraid we cannot register your walk and issue you with an End-to-Ender badge, and it saddens us because we want to recognise every achievement.

This is because you intentionally ignored signage asking that you do not walk through various closed sections (due to prescribed burning) such as Willow Springs to Brockman Hwy and north through Nerang Campsite. Moreover you flouted the fact that you walked through this section (Nerang to the Powerlines) on social media. With this in particular we, our volunteers, Parks and Wildlife staff and other walkers were not at all impressed.

Sections are closed for your safety  and the advice you were given before your walk (with our trip planning advice) and during your walk was obviously ignored. By doing this you place not only yourself at risk but others as well if indeed we have to perform a search and rescue.

By recognising your End-to-End we would be publicly endorsing what you did and I am afraid we cannot do this......

Thursday, June 4, 2015

June 04, 2015 at 12:30AM

We completed the Bibbulmun! Alastair had put up a ribbon, fellow hiker Phil and wife was waiting for us, Marge and Judy walked in to escort us for the last three kilometers, Chris came to see us and share a beer. We survived!!!
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June 04, 2015 at 12:24AM

Last walk in from Hewitts Hill campsite to Kalamunda, the northern most end! Past a camel farm, a reference to the El Camino,... And no rain! It rained after we arrived :)
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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Finishing at the Kalamunda Hotel Wednesday 3 June 1230pm!


Tomorrow, Wednesday June 3, 1230pm we are expected to walk into the Kalamunda Hotel for a Guinness and lunch!! Come along if you are in the Perth area and show your support for cystic Fibrosis :)

We  have cycled 3500km+ across the Nullarbor and hiked 800km+ along the Bibbulmun track raising awareness for cystic fibrosis and organ donation, and with a little help we can raise $5000 for the CF Association!

Waalegh's Campsite

Ree walking into Waalegh's hut on the Bibbulmun track! We are hiking hut to hut for the last week so it is a 'leisurely' 10-15kms each day now. Only problem is vicinity to Perth, meaning more crowds and more litter. We also had the WA day long weekend to contend with!


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First birthday card!

My best mate from Weston Creek high school came to walk with me from Singapore and have me my first fiftieth birthday card and present :)


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Mundaring Weir YHA

Mundaring Weir at the YHA! Harry got a big smile from the Aseako bike we crossed the Nullarbor with and Ellen made us a huge roast dinner!


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