Despite ongoing summer heat and a real need to actually rest, the prospect of a 4-day weekend is just not compatible with staying at home. By Thursday evening though the food is sorted, we’ve still not done any route planning other than to make a pile of maps pertaining to things south of home (therefore theoretically cooler). A pretty attractive beach-side option in Boranup Forest is felt to be too short to make proper use of the time available – despite the implied space to hang around and look at the view (maybe next time? – add it to the ‘list’….)
Dinner passes, Bryn and Sarah are away to bed, and my eyes re-wander over the stretches of Munda Biddi we’ve yet to do. It’s always a ‘good enough’ fall-back, and without accomplices (and their car-shuffle enabling vehicle), I’m then onto ways to avoid an out-and-back. A few minutes later I realise that there’s a solution. Hitching – planned hitching, rather than the type that gets you to the nearest mechanic etc. The route crosses major roads a number of times, and most particularly the South-west highway from Bunbury to Walpole and the south coast. Donnybrook and Manjimup are both on the SW Highway, making the hitching a bit more reliable than it sounds.
Route Notes: Donnybrook to Manjimup is around 150km. It’s possible to stay in huts all but one night as long as you don’t mind doing a 40km afternoon straight from Donnybrook. There’re shops in Donnybrook, Nannup and Manjimup and water in these places and at the huts.
He’s a trooper!
Most definitely – it’ll be interesting to see what happens when he can express an opinion… Mostly it seems to be “faster, faster!!” ;-)
Hitching seems like a very reasonable option. We had planned on me hitching back from our last rail trail ride. We abandoned the ride before that, so it was never put to the test.
Of course some of our rides end in approximately the middle of nowhere, where hitching would depend on one of the dozen cars per day picking you up.