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31/07/2013 Home Valley Station, (Gibb River Road)

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 31 July 2013 | Views [377]

Got up early to do the Bindoola Falls walk but it was hot and dry in the Gorge so decided against it and headed back to camp for breakfast. Did a short trip with Laurie to the river camp for good views of the Cockburn Range. Lounged around the pool again to the constant Aah Aah Aah of the crows in the trees above. Took a drive with Freda to checkout the Pentecost River Crossing which we were planning to do the following morning, as we'd heard mixed reports about its width and depthand to see the Cockburn Range in the late afternoon.  The river crossing turned out to be shallow but wide and rocky so we knew if we went slowly across we would be fine. There were great views of the range so we continued on a bit further to take some great photos in the late afternoon sun. There were fires burning on the ridge. Undergrowth (cold) fires are common at this time of the year and they are let burn unless they are threatening lives or infrastructure in which case they back burn.

Laurie went on a fishing tour without his mates as they had all gone to Kununurra to get car and fridge problems fixed. He was hoping for the big barramundi  but none were forthcoming. Only the helicopter fishing tour at $500 per head had more success.
Tonight I met Robert, an interesting character cycling from Cairns to Broome who I noticed pulling into camp this morning. He's been cycling for 37 years, cycled in 136 countries, covering 450,000 kms!, written 15 books about his cycling trips, is vegetarian and looked much younger than his 72 years. He met his wife when their bicycle touring paths crossed. He related the story of how he had camped the night before near the Pentecost River (where we had been this afternoon), packed up his camp at 3am as he could hear the flames nearby, and sat and watched the fires until 6am. There were times when the flames were on both sides of the road as he rode through the ranges.  When talking to him I found myself wondering if I would ever take to the road on my bicycle again and I agreed to send him an email if and when I did.

Tags: gibb river road, kimberley, western australia

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