Margaret River - Busselton
11.01.2012 32 °C
It was a bit of a slow start today, possibly due to our indulgences yesterday! As we packed up and loaded the bikes Glenn discovered a missing bolt on his luggage rack necessitating a stop at the hardware store. We rode the Cave Rd up to Dunsborough, diverting to Canal Rocks to admire the spectacular views.
Smiths Beach near Canal Rocks
Dunsborough was very busy with tourists. We had drinks at a cafe which happened to be next door to a real estate agent. When people stopped to browse at the properties in the window the agent would race out and start his sales pitch. We were rather amused to hear him use the same line each time "We've got a special going at the moment: buy 12 get one free."
It was much hotter today with the temperature sitting in the low 30s. Having bought chocolate yesterday I had gone to some lengths to transport it without it melting by freezing a big bottle of water and packing them together in the middle of my luggage where I thought it would take the longest to warm up...
We rode out to Cape Naturaliste and walked to the Whalers Lookout - no mean feat in the heat and with Glenn's low tolerance to flies. You certainly didn't want to walk with your mouth open! The views were well worth it. Absolutely spectacular.
Cape Naturaliste lighthouse
On our return we rode through Eagle Beach and Meelup Beach. Beautiful clear blue water, lots of people swimming.
From there we rode to Busselton and set up camp. To my delight my chocolate was cool and intact :-) Then, to my horror, I discovered the caravan park we'd booked into had no camp kitchen and thus NO FRIDGE!!! (Suffice to say we ate quite a lot of chocolate that evening.)
We rode through the city (Busselton will actually become a city in a couple of weeks) and down to the famous jetty. We discovered one needs to book to take the train out to the end of the jetty to tour the oceanarium. So we booked to do it tomorrow and paddled on the beach instead, before sitting back with a glass of wine and enjoying the fantastic view and balmy weather.
Today's distance: 118km