Day 2 - HIdden Valley to Torbay Inlet

Trip Start Jan 20, 2008
Trip End Mar 19, 2008

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

So a breakfast of cold porridge and a cup of cold water. I had said I wanted a 'lean and mean' trip but this version was a bit leaner and a bit meaner than I had intended.

The walk takes us along a great coastline view of cliffs, pounding surf, and wind. No flies because of the wind. I wonder how Digby can keep his hat on. Around midday we arrive at Torbay Beach - a sweeping expanse of beach maybe 5 kms long. In the little lookout gazebo we meet a young man 'steve' who confesses this is his first walk ever, and he proudly showed us how he had redesigned his pack waist belt - when he started he didnt have the belt to carry the load it was all on his shoulders. Painful.

Surfers are down on the beach in their wetsuits - it is blowing a gale. No panel vans - they all drive 4WDs these days. We stride along on the hard packed sand near the waters edge and focus on getting to the end of the beach 5 kms away. For those of you who are addicted to popping bubblewrap, like me, you will understand the joy of finding the seaweed floats washed up on the wave line with the tide. I spent 5 kms of bliss, popping my way along the wave edge.

A few kms along the beach all the houses on the cliff at the end start to come into view. There is a particularly obvious one - long and low with verandahs, painted white or pastel so it stands out from the bush. I bet that is our B&B!

Sure enough, struggling up the hill and along the bitumen to a grand guesthouse painted in turquoise and white. We are met by Jaqui, originally a British migrant who had been in Perth for 30 years and retired to the south to escape the hot summers. We have a wonderful room with veranday and a view of the coastline of what we had just walked. A flock of New Holland Honeyeaters are washing in the birdbath 2 metres away.

We discover that the shop is closed. This was where we intended to buy some more supplies for dinner and lunch for the next few days. So now no working stove and not enough food to get to Denmark. Jacquie cooks us dinner - steak and fish with saland and a trifle for dessert. We steal a sausage from the cooked breakfast to carry for lunch.

We ring the next B&B - David and Gaynor at West Howe Cottages - and explain the situation to them, as they cook pizza so we plan to get a takeaway pizzas from them. DAvid says - i am going into albany today, i will go to moutain designs and see what i can do for you about the stove. Next morning the highlight of the breakfast at Torbay Guesthouse - the home made strawberry jam - yum!
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