Day 9 2013: Alkoomi winery – Mt Barker

Fire storm

Total: 751.2 km, 4466 m; Dist: 93.0km (Carol), Time: 4:31, Speed: 20.5 km/h, El: 493m
Smoke
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Somewhere.


Day9Map

Frankland River. Is this the one Robin Gray described as a leech-ridden ditch?
FranklandRiver
No, no point in damming this one. It’s very still.
FranklandRiver2
We follow the signs
Signs

And pass into wheat-station central:
Hay1

Here they are rolling them up:
Hay4

Other places make big-bales:
Hay2
Then the big bales are super-baled:
Hay3

These are huge. One paddock reduces to one of these road-train sized bales. All they have to do is compress it; and that’s the way you make weet-bix:
Weet_bix

Onwards. Oh No.
OhGood

We stop at “Kenny’s pool” but can’t find it.
Reeds

But there were some amazing flowers.
Flower

Next stop at the sampler:
RocketSampler

Couldn’t work this one out. For example: “Please refrain from talking on your mobile phone while we are spearing or sampling”?? As if there would be Vodafone coverage here…
Signs2

At Kendelup there is a sympathetic cafe:
KendenupCafe

One arm cyclists
OneHand

The signs turn dark:
KendenupHall

Smoke

Mal’s on to it, bulldozing a few fire-breaks:
MalTractor

It’s touch and go for a while
Smoke5
Smoke2

But then we finally make it to Mt Barker. (And yes it was “all the way”)
DoubleRainbow

Contemplating the various Mt Barker Grand Designs: The round house.
GrandDesigns
The wooden hinge:
Hinge

The pram ramp:
PramRamp
Another quiet night.


The Pigram Brothers – 7 piece folk/rock band from Broome.
“Moonlight” – Live under a mango tree in 2006

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