Pt 3. Wungong to Dandalup camp.
We’re going to town today – the historic town of Jarrahdale, a designated resupply stop for most riders on the Munda Biddi.
But not for us. Sandy and I are still well-stocked with food. It’s only been 2 nights on the trail, after all.
From Wungong, it’s a short 14km ride to the town, 12 of which is on the sealed Jarrahdale Road that cuts across the Munda Biddi.
Meanwhile, Sandy has wisely decided to send home his camping chair which, seeing as all Munda Biddi campsites are bum-friendly, will probably never emerge from the pannier to see the light of day anyway.
So he goes off in search of a post office to run his errand while I chill on the verandah sipping my latte and watching the world go by.
It isn’t long before we’re climbing up a slippery pea-gravelled slope. It’s not ridable so we push; not easy with panniers sticking out the side.
It’s hard work. My arms burn from the exertion. But soon, we’re back on easy street, a flat level road passing through some farms (and a bunch of kangaroos, and some noisy birds on a tree), then a sealed road heading towards North Dandalup Dam.
The campsite is not far from the dam, and we’re coming up to where the possible detour would take place.
But wise old Sandy reckons the workmen would have slacked off by now. Heck, it’s 4 o’clock on a cold and cloudy Friday afternoon. Who wants to work?
He was right.
There’s not a soul to be seen, just heavy machinery left unattended. Looks like weekend celebrations are already in full swing, Aussie style.
They’re probably downing pints in a pub somewhere in Dwellingup, the nearest town.
We ride straight into the single-track and immediately it starts to climb. Pushing time again. I’m really looking forward to arriving at the campsite soon.
My arms are killing me. Thankfully the last bit is level singletrack.
The rains came soon after. Big, angry drops crashing down with a vengeance.
The deafening drumming of raindrops on the metal roof reminded us how lucky we were to be nice and dry and safely under the shelter of Dandalup camp.