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 __TUESDAY 5th. FEBRUARY:__ __TUESDAY 5th. FEBRUARY:__
  
-After breakfast, we started to inspect the caves. The Arch cave, being a daylight cave and the most obvious was entered first. It was about two hundred feet long and eighty wide, with its eastern entrance about eighty feet above the creek. The reflected sunshine made it very beautiful. The roof giving a glorious range of greens, pinks and greys. The floor has sunken at the southern end and four pillars, once joined, are now separated by about three feet from the roof. At the northern end there were several smaller stalagmites somewhat resembling crowned heads. The cave bore ample evidence of having been occupied by untidy campers and a collection of bottles on the floor seemed to indicate a some-time ​:jamboree. +After breakfast, we started to inspect the caves. The Arch cave, being a daylight cave and the most obvious was entered first. It was about two hundred feet long and eighty wide, with its eastern entrance about eighty feet above the creek. The reflected sunshine made it very beautiful. The roof giving a glorious range of greens, pinks and greys. The floor has sunken at the southern end and four pillars, once joined, are now separated by about three feet from the roof. At the northern end there were several smaller stalagmites somewhat resembling crowned heads. The cave bore ample evidence of having been occupied by untidy campers and a collection of bottles on the floor seemed to indicate a some-time jamboree. 
-- + 
-Leaving the Arch Cave we hunted around and found the entrance to Lannigan'​s Cave above the Arch Cave and about a hundred and fifty feet above the creek. A +Leaving the Arch Cave we hunted around and found the entrance to Lannigan'​s Cave above the Arch Cave and about a hundred and fifty feet above the creek. A small opening led down into the cave and through a narrow squeeze hole we came to King Solomon'​s Temple. This chamber contained five large columns ​about forty feet high. Beneath one group of columns was a crystalline amber tinted stalagmite and overhead was a white stalactitic group, making the whole scene impressive and inspiring. At the end of this chamber a small opening to the right led to the Water Cave. This cave positively beggars description. Numerous stalagmites were observed in the bed of the underground river, the water of which appeared to be of the faintest green. 
-small opening led dawn into the cave and through a narrow squeeze hole we came to + 
-King Solomon'​s Temple. This chamber contained five large col-puns ​about forty+Retracing our steps we climbed over a wall of rock and approached a series of crystalline basins which became progressively larger as they approached the bottom. Looked at from below they had the appearance of marble steps. The column and stalactites on the left were very beautiful and gave us the impression of a curtain held back to show the stage beyond. The basins ​extended ​for a distance of seventy or eighty feet and were about eight feet wide at the bottom. A low passage to the right led to the underground river channel with some more delicate formations. One grotto resembled a jewel show, with the shawls on the edges sparkling like diamonds. Opposite these shawls were pillars of a delicate pink shade while another little grotto had a group of pure white stalactites like so many icicles. 
-feet high. Beneath one group of columns was a crystalline amber tinted +
-stalagmite and overhead was a white stalactitic group, making the whole scene impressive and inspiring. At the end of this chamber a small opening to the +
-right led to the Water Cave. This cave positively beggars description. +
-Numerous stalagmites were observed in the bed of the underground river, the water of which appeared to be of the faintest green. +
-Retracing our steps we climbed over a wall of rock and approached a series of crystalline basins which became progressively larger as they approached the bottom. Looked at from below they had the appearance of marble steps. The +
-column and stalactites on the left were very beautiful and gave us the impression +
-of a curtain held back to show the stage beyond. The basins ​extehded ​for a +
-distance of seventy or eighty feet and were about eight feet wide at the bottom. +
-law passage to the right led to the underground river channel with some more delicate formations. One grotto resembled a jewel show, with the shawls on the edges sparkling like diamonds. Opposite these shawls were pillars of a delicate pink shade while another little grotto had a group of pure white stalactites like so many icicles.+
 A climb of about twelve feet brought us to a narrow passage decorated with tinted stalactites,​ which led us to the top of the basins. A climb of about twelve feet brought us to a narrow passage decorated with tinted stalactites,​ which led us to the top of the basins.
-A third passage from the end of King Solomon'​s Temple leading from the leftbrought us to what we took to be the Crinoline, an amber tinted crystalline stalagmite surmounted by an attractive group of white stalagmites. + 
-In my weakness for exploring caves I would have liked to have spent the rest of the day and perhaps part of the next day in investigating the wonders of these caves, but we were scheduled to be back on the Kowmung that night and decided to leave the exploration of the Onslaw ​Cave (which I believe is almost as impressive as Lannigan'​s) and the other small caves further south to a later holiday. +A third passage from the end of King Solomon'​s Temple leading from the leftbrought us to what we took to be the Crinoline, an amber tinted crystalline stalagmite surmounted by an attractive group of white stalagmites. ​ 
-It would Ile quite easy to lose one's self in the Colong Caves if precautions + 
-were not taken to leave a trail of some description. The ​popularmmethod ​seems to +In my weakness for exploring caves I would have liked to have spent the rest of the day and perhaps part of the next day in investigating the wonders of these caves, but we were scheduled to be back on the Kowmung that night and decided to leave the exploration of the Onslow ​Cave (which I believe is almost as impressive as Lannigan'​s) and the other small caves further south to a later holiday. 
-be that of unwinding a ball of coloured wool as you go along, for many coloured threads have been left in the caves by past explorers. Someone has even been + 
-good enough to indicate the exit with a series of black arrows on the walls and it would indeed be unfortunate if with the old threads etc. one could not eventually +It would be quite easy to lose one's self in the Colong Caves if precautions were not taken to leave a trail of some description. The popular method ​seems to be that of unwinding a ball of coloured wool as you go along, for many coloured threads have been left in the caves by past explorers. Someone has even been good enough to indicate the exit with a series of black arrows on the walls and it would indeed be unfortunate if with the old threads etc. one could not eventually reach daylight again. 
-reach daylight again. + 
-On our next visit to the caves we intend taking a visitors book and a pencil +On our next visit to the caves we intend taking a visitors book and a pencil with us to leave at the entrance. It seems an inexorable law of nature ​that people in visiting places of interest must inscribe their names on prominent parts of said places and already the beautiful walls of these caves are blackened ​with hundred of names (not to mention addresses) of the visiting public. 
-with us to leave at the entrance. It seems an inexorable law of natul7e ​that + 
-people in visiting places of interest must inscribe their names on prominent parts of said places and already the beautiful walls of these caves are 1-lackened ​with hundred of names (not to mention addresses) of the visiting public.  +We emerged from the cold air of the caves into the heat of the midday sun and prepared to depart. At 3.55. we started for the Kowmung, once more heavily laden. On the way down I again came close to stepping on a black snake but this time hadn't the energy to smite him. 
-We emerged from the cold air of the caves into the heat of the midday sun and +
-prepared to depart. At 3.55. we started for the Kowmung, once more heavily laden. On the way down I again came close to stepping on a black snake tut this time hadn't the energy to smite him.+
 Lannigan'​s Creek abounded with wallabies, in fact on this trip we saw about ten times as many wallabies as rabbits and at times approached to within a few yards of them. Lannigan'​s Creek abounded with wallabies, in fact on this trip we saw about ten times as many wallabies as rabbits and at times approached to within a few yards of them.
-In exactly two hours we reached the Kawmung ​and continued downstream. A few rabbits began to appear and we soon cut one off in the flower of his youth. We covered about four miles of river and camped. With another fine night we dispensed with the tent and after a dip and a good meal plentifully garnished with swarms of small and suicidal insects, went to bed. I felt very tired although we had only done nine miles in one afternoon. The renewed heaviness of pack no doubt accounted for this. (9 miles). + 
-WEDNESDAY ​6th. FEBRUARY: +In exactly two hours we reached the Kowmung ​and continued downstream. A few rabbits began to appear and we soon cut one off in the flower of his youth. We covered about four miles of river and camped. With another fine night we dispensed with the tent and after a dip and a good meal plentifully garnished with swarms of small and suicidal insects, went to bed. I felt very tired although we had only done nine miles in one afternoon. The renewed heaviness of pack no doubt accounted for this. (9 miles). 
-We had a dip before breakfast and made a late start at 10.15 a.m.. It was a relief to be walking along the easy cowpads again. After an hour a halt was called for lunch opposite Church Creek. There we met a prospector.- whom we had already seen in Yerranderie. While searching for gold he had used many means of transport - canoe, launch, bicycle, and of course Shanks'​ pony. On one occasion + 
-he had paddled a long way up the Colo. This made a common ground for discussion and on comparing notes, it was found that our canoe had reached approximately the+__WEDNESDAY ​6th. FEBRUARY:__ 
 + 
 +We had a dip before breakfast and made a late start at 10.15 a.m.. It was a relief to be walking along the easy cowpads again. After an hour a halt was called for lunch opposite Church Creek. There we met a prospector whom we had already seen in Yerranderie. While searching for gold he had used many means of transport - canoe, launch, bicycle, and of course Shanks'​ pony. On one occasion he had paddled a long way up the Colo. This made a common ground for discussion and on comparing notes, it was found that our canoe had reached approximately the
 same spot. News was given us concerning a party who had embarked at Putty and followed the river to the mouth. same spot. News was given us concerning a party who had embarked at Putty and followed the river to the mouth.
-About two hours was spent at this spot, swimming, sunbaking and of course eating. Easy river flats stayed with us during the rest of the afternoon until we camped after a big day of about miles half a mile below Christie'​s Creek. Although the day had been hot and cloudless we both had a hunch it might rain so erected the tent. Sure enough as I sat peeling apples a gentle rain seemed to fall from the blue heavens. I called Mr. Kaska to assure me that I wasn't + 
-suffering from a delusion. We were both very mystified until the cicadas burst into song. +About two hours was spent at this spot, swimming, sunbaking and of course eating. Easy river flats stayed with us during the rest of the afternoon until we camped after a big day of about miles half a mile below Christie'​s Creek. Although the day had been hot and cloudless we both had a hunch it might rain so erected the tent. Sure enough as I sat peeling apples a gentle rain seemed to fall from the blue heavens. I called Mr. Kaske to assure me that I wasn't suffering from a delusion. We were both very mystified until the cicadas burst into song. 
-After tea we stayed awake longer than usual talking about various topics and + 
-it must have been after 11 p.m. when I left Jock in the tent and lay down under +After tea we stayed awake longer than usual talking about various topics and it must have been after 11 p.m. when I left Jock in the tent and lay down under the stars. 
-the stars. + 
-THURSDAY ​7th. FEBRUARY:+__THURSDAY ​7th. FEBRUARY:__ 
 Rising at 8, I inspected the eel line and found a three pounder attached. We foolishly beheaded him before skinning and having nothing firm to grasp, had the devil'​s own job to get the skin off. Rising at 8, I inspected the eel line and found a three pounder attached. We foolishly beheaded him before skinning and having nothing firm to grasp, had the devil'​s own job to get the skin off.
-Broke camp at about 11 o'​clock and commenced to wade through the Bulga Dennis + 
-Canyc.n. By 12 o'​clock the pangs of hunger began to make themselves felt and at +Broke camp at about 11 o'​clock and commenced to wade through the Bulga Dennis ​Canyon. By 12 o'​clock the pangs of hunger began to make themselves felt and at 12.15 we stopped ​wading at a convenient ​sand bank and prepared for lunch. Eating was a subject on which we were in perfect ​harmony and never disagreed and by this time were putting away about twice as much as we would have ordinarily at home. Lunch over, we cooked a damper, splashed about in the water for a while and Gordon posed in his birthday suit for my camera with a boulder poised over his head in
-12.15 we atopped ​wading at a oonvenient ​sand bank and prepared for lunch. Eating was a subject on which we were in pv4rfect ​harmony and never disagreed and by this time were putting away about twice as much as we would have ordinarily at home. Lunch over, we cooked a damper, splashed about in the water for a while and Gordon posed in his birthday suit for my camera with a boulder poised over his head in+
 the manner of Atlas of old. the manner of Atlas of old.
-Wading recommenced at 3.40 and we began to see a bit of bird life. About + 
-half way through the Canyon we flushed a duck from the reeds near the bank and it alternately flew and hydroplaned down stream at a great rate. While Gordon was +Wading recommenced at 3.40 and we began to see a bit of bird life. About half way through the Canyon we flushed a duck from the reeds near the bank and it alternately flew and hydroplaned down stream at a great rate. While Gordon was busy trying to get it over his sights long enough to pull the trigger, another duck took off from the reeds on my left and skimmed across the water in the direction of the opposite bank. Observing that our official duck slayer was facing in the wrong direction, I yanked out the Colt, said "In your eye" and fired. It missed his eye but removed half his head with equally fatal results and I nearly fell into the water in surprise. By the time Gordon arrived on the scene of the slaughter, I had assumed a poker face and so far as I know, he still
-+
-busy trying to get it over his sights long enough to pull the trigger, another duck took off from the reeds on my left and skimmed across the water in the direction of the opposite bank. Observing that our official duck slayer was +
-facing in the wrong direction, I yanked out the Colt, said "In your eye" and fired. It missed his eye but removed half his head with equally fatal results +
-and I nearly fell into the water in surprise. By the time Gordon arrived on the +
-scene of the slaughter, I had assumed a poker face and so far as I know, he still+
 believes that I meant it. believes that I meant it.
-We stopped at the Orange Bluffs for a few minutes to admire and photograph + 
-them and then pushed on to shortly emerge from the Canyon. On the way to Hughest +We stopped at the Orange Bluffs for a few minutes to admire and photograph them and then pushed on to shortly emerge from the Canyon. On the way to Hughes' ​Hut, four miles distant, we passed a succession of bush fires, some of them stretching right to the water'​s edge. 
-Hut, four miles distant, we passed a succession of bush fires, some of them + 
-stretching right to the water'​s edge. +Those four miles were about the longest we ever did and we walked flat out for two hours before the hut appeared just as dusk was falling.\\ 
-Those four miles were about the longest we ever did and we walked flat out for +We were both very tired although only ten miles had been covered, ​but not tired enough not to be hungry. After satisfying the inner men, we watched the bush fires making spectacular patterns up the ridges on the opposite side of the river and then set about the manufacturing of a damper and the writing of the diary, the former by Gordon and latter myself. 
-two hours before the hut appeared just as dusk was falling. + 
-We were both very tired although only ten miles had teen covered, ​hut not tired enough not to be hungry. After satisfying the inner men, we watched the bush +A slight diversion was created when, bending over the candle the better to see what I was writing, my hair caught fire and flared up and was only saved from complete destruction by the quickness of my compatriot, who crowned me very effectively. Retired at midnight. 
-fires making spectacular patterns up the ridges on the opposite side of the river + 
-and then set about the manufacturing of a damper and the writing of the diary, the former by Gordon and latter myself. +__FRIDAY ​8th. FEBRUARY:__ 
-A slight diversion was created when, bending over the candle the better to + 
-see what I was writing, my hair caught fire and flared up and was only saved from complete destruction by the quickness of my compatriot, who crowned me very +I had felt rather tired last night but after a dip in the excellent swimming hole opposite Hughes' ​was quite recovered. The sky was overcast and a few drops of rain fell while we were finishing breakfast and caused us to delay our departure till 9.10 a.m. We followed the right bank rather stealthily in the hope of picking off a duck but the ducks were too quick or I too slow. When approaching Gingra something made me look to one side and there sunning himself a couple of feet from my boot was a large black snake. Raising my rifle to my shoulder I took careful aim and fired. Mr. black snake was in the water in a flash and under a log. Jock and I spent quite a while attempting to dislodge him and when his head quite intact darted out I realised my shot had missed. I didn't do much shooting on this trip but what attempts I made were rotten. Fortunately Jock was in excellent ​form and rarely missed anything up to 75 yards with the rifle, while the shot with which he hit in the head a duck on the wing - drawing quickly and firing from the hip - would have done credit to a wild west gunman. So thanks to him our meat larder was plentiful in the latter stages of the trip. 
-effectively. Retired at midnight. + 
-FRIDAY ​8th. FEBRUARY: +At 12.45. a spot a mile below the Cedar Track was reached where the sun and a deep dark pool invited us to linger. We had several dips and Jock did some unsuccessful eeling before lunch. 
-I had felt rather tired last night but after a dip in the excellent swimming hole opposite Hugheswas quite recovered. The sky was overcast and a few drops + 
-of rain fell while we were finishing breakfast and caused us to delay our +Heavy clouds began to gather in the sky and on resuming at 3.15. it was felt that a big shower was on the way. Soon it came - and how! Rain fell in torrents and more or less drowned us, wetting our clothes (shorts) as well. 
-departure till 9.10 a.m. We followed the right b-nk rather stealthily in the hope of picking off a duck but the ducks were too quick or I too slow. When +The ground ​soon became saturated and slippery. I came down a couple of times like a "ton of bricks";​ but when I remembered a couple of places on the upper Kowmung where such a slip would have been "​Goodnight"​ I thought to myself that it might have been worse. Thunder split the heavens and vivid flashes of lightning zig-zagged across the sky. One tremendous peal accompanied almost immediately by an awe inspiring flash made us pull up "dead". Fortunately I can use inverted commas. 
-approaching Gingra something made me look to one side and there sunning himself +
-a couple of feet from my boot was a large black snake. Raising my rifle to ny shoulder I took careful aim and fired. Mr. black snake was in the water in a flash and under a log. Jock and I spent quite a while attempting to dislodge +
-him and when his head quite intact darted out I realised my shot had missed. I didn't do much shooting on this trip but what attempts I made were rotten. +
-Fortunately Jock was in e=cellent ​form and rarely missed anything up to 75 yards +
-with the rifle, while the shot with which he hit in the head a duck on the wing - drawing quickly and firing from the hip - would have done credit to a wild west gunman. So thanks to him our meat larder was plentiful in the latter +
-stages of the trip. +
-At 12.45. a spot a mile below the Cedar Track WAS reached where the sun and a deep dark pool invited us to linger. We had several dips and Jock did some +
-unsuccessful eeling before lunch. +
-Heavy clouds began to gather in the sky and on resuming at 3.15. it was felt +
-that a M.g shower was on the way. Soon it came - and how! Rain fell in +
-torrents and more or less drowned us, wetting our clothes (shorts) as well. +
-The groun4 ​soon became saturated and slippery. I came down a couple of times like a "ton of bricks";​ but when I remembered a couple of places on the upper Kowmung where such a slip would have been "​Goodnight"​ I thought to myself that it might have been worse. Thunder split the heavens and vivid flashes of lightning zig-zagged across the sky. One tremendous peal accompanied almost immediately by an awe inspiring flash made us pull up 'dead". Fortunately I can +
-use inverted commas.+
 At 4.45. it was decided to camp and taking advantage of a lull the tent was erected. Jock did some excellent work lighting a fire and in time warmth and food restored our shivering bodies to something like normal. For the first time I didn't sleep well. Thought of a rising river cutting us off from our destination filled my mind but the night passed without our having to make a break for higher ground. (10 miles). At 4.45. it was decided to camp and taking advantage of a lull the tent was erected. Jock did some excellent work lighting a fire and in time warmth and food restored our shivering bodies to something like normal. For the first time I didn't sleep well. Thought of a rising river cutting us off from our destination filled my mind but the night passed without our having to make a break for higher ground. (10 miles).
-SATURDAY Gth. FEBRUARY:+ 
 +__SATURDAY 6th. FEBRUARY:__ 
 We rose at 6 after a fitful night'​s sleep and during a lull in the rain, managed to start a fire and cook the breakfast. After breakfast we pulled another eel out of the river and this time skinned him in quick time. We rose at 6 after a fitful night'​s sleep and during a lull in the rain, managed to start a fire and cook the breakfast. After breakfast we pulled another eel out of the river and this time skinned him in quick time.
-The rain started again and we broke camp in a deluge at 10 o'​clock. The track continued on our side of the river as far as the Devil'​s Elbow and made progress easy. Our straw hats - Gordon'​s an F,A.Q. line at lOid and mine a+ 
 +The rain started again and we broke camp in a deluge at 10 o'​clock. The track continued on our side of the river as far as the Devil'​s Elbow and made progress easy. Our straw hats - Gordon'​s an F.A.Q. line at lO 1/2d and mine a
 super-fine at 1/- proved to be worth their weight in pound notes in the pouring rain. super-fine at 1/- proved to be worth their weight in pound notes in the pouring rain.
-In the Devil'​s Elbow the track gave way to rocks and rock-hopping,​ crawling and sliding became the order of the day. Although the rain made the rocks + 
-dangerously ​-slippery, the going was not nearly as rough as expected and we came +In the Devil'​s Elbow the track gave way to rocks and rock-hopping,​ crawling and sliding became the order of the day. Although the rain made the rocks dangerously slippery, the going was not nearly as rough as expected and we came through without mishap and finished the Kowmung ​at 12.55. The last morsel of chocolate was brought forth and devoured in honour of the occasion. 
-through without mishap and finished the Kawmung ​at 12.55. The last morsel of + 
-chocolate was brought forth and devoured in honour of the occasion. +With the rain still descending in large quantities we decided that it mightn'​t be a 'Sad idea to do all our crossings of the Cox before the flood waters arrived, so we wasted no more time in getting downstream. At Cedar Creek with the last crossing behind us we breathed freely again, thumbed our noses at the river and 
-With the rain still descending in large quantities we decided that it mightn'​t be a 'Sad idea to do all our crossings of the Cox before the flood waters arrived, +hunted around for a camping place. Eurekaa bark hut with half the roof gone but still better than nothing. The tent was pitched in the form of an annexe at one end and we made ourselves reasonably comfortable. A fire was built at the open end and dense volumes of smoke filled the interior, but the proverbial wild horses couldn'​t have dragged us out into the rain again and we suffered in silence. The last damper made, we turned in at 9.30. 
-so we wasted no more time in getting downstream. At Cedar Creek with the last crossing behind us we breathed freely again, thumbed our noses at the river and + 
-hunted around for a camping place. Eureka a bark hut with half the roof gone but still better than nothing. The tent was pitched in the form of an annexe at one end and we made ourselves reasonably comfortable. A fire was built at +At 11 I woke suddenly to the sound of an extra heavy downpour to find myself lying in an inch or two of water. I swore disgustedly and got up to spend the next hour lighting a fire and trying to dry my blanket and clothes. After losing about a square foot of blanket in the flames I gave it up, spread myself out on the bark table and slept there. Gordon refused to budge from his little island in the middle of the floor and luckily kept above water level all night. (11 miles). 
-the open end and dense volumes of smoke filled the interior, but the proverbial + 
-wild horses couldn'​t have dragged us out into the rain again and we suffered in silence. The last damper made, we turned in at 9.30. +__SUNDAY ​10th. FENRUARY:__ 
-At 11 I woke suddenly to the sound of an extra heavy downpour to find myself lying in an inch or two of water. I swore disgustedly and got up to spend the next hour lighting a fire and trying to dry my blanket and clothes. After losing about a square foot of blanket in the flames I gave it up, spread myself + 
-out on the bark table and slept there. Gordon refused to budge from his little +We rose at 7.40. and after eating spent considerable time drying our clothes and shaving etc. At 10.45. on our departure the sun was shining through the clouds and giving promise of a fine day. Our track was the one up the ridge below Cedar Creek. This proved to be clearly defined and followed the ridge, which would be the Korrowall Buttress, for some distance, then gradually winding ​down to Kedumba Creek. Against ​Jock'​s ​better judgement we followed, the Kedumba ​up-stream. Nasty remarks were hurled at me as I led him through occasional ferns and undergrowth. Near Maxwell'​s fortunately he stopped to fill his mouth with blackberries and lost the flow of his eloquence. 
-island in the middle of the floor and luckily kept above water level all night. (11 miles). + 
-SUNDAY ​10th. FENRUARY: +Lunch was taken at the foot of the pass and the ascent was commenced at 3.5 p.m. Jock's watch was fast and actually indicated 3:35 p.m. Thinking ourselves late we made for the top at a steady rate and reached there in 50 minutes. Compared to old "March Fly" ridge and a couple of little hillside scrambles in the past fortnight Kedumba was a babe in arms. After a halt at the Falls to don our shirts the station came in view just before 6 p.m. After some high speed eating the 5.17 train rattled in and carried us off towards the "Big Smoke" (16 miles) 
-We rose at 7.40. and after eating spent considerable time drying our clothes and shaving etc. At 10.45. on our departure the sun was shining through the + 
-clouds and giving promise of a fine day. Our track was the one up the ridge below Cedar Creek. This proved to be clearly defined and followed the ridge, which would be the Korrowall Buttress, for some distance, then gradually winding +The mileage for the whole trip was approximately 194 miles in 15 1/2 days. Our packs counting clothes, books, etc. varied from 59 to 33 pounds. Our progress during the second week was very leisurely, the lunch period being sometimes three or four hours. The food consumption over the whole period slightly exceeded three pounds per day each and we needed it. 
-dawn to Kedumba Creek. Against ​Jockts ​better judgement we followed, the KeduMba + 
-up-stream. Nasty remarks were hurled at me as I led him through occasional ferns and undergrowth. Near Maxwell'​s fortunately he stopped to fill his mouth with blackberries and lost the flaw of his eloquence. +The country passed through was full of variety, rough creeks, granite canyons, steep ridges, grassy river flats and a little road. The river roared through rapids, trickled over stones and at times flowed ​placidly. In fact, for continual change of scene - give me the Kowmung.
-Lunch was taken at the foot of the pass and the ascent was commenced at 3.5 p.m. Jock's watch was fast and actually indicated 3;35 p.m. Thinking ourselves late +
-we made for the top at a steady rate and reached there in 50 minutes. Compared to old "March Fly" ridge and a couple of little hillside scrambles in the past fortnight Kedumba was a babe in arms. After a halt at the Falls to don our +
-shirts the station came in view just before 6 p.m. After some high speed eating the 5.17 train rattled in and carried us off towards the "Big Smoke" (16 miles) +
-The mileage for the whole trip was approximately 194 miles in 15i- days. +
-Our packs counting clothes, books, etc. varied from 59 to 33 pounds. Our +
-progress during the second week was very leisurely, the lunch period being sometimes three or four hours. The food consumption over the whole period slightly exceeded three pounds per day each and we needed it. +
-The country passed through was full of variety, rough creeks, granite +
-canyons, steep ridges, grassy river flats and a little road. The river roared through rapids, trickled over stones and at times flawed ​placidly. In fact, for continual change of scene - give me the Kawmung.+
  
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