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 Finding a place to go foria/​JI'​ong walk, and a party to go with, has never been easy since the bulldb:Zer started to make roads of our walking tracks and motor cars to take us along them. Nevertheless there are some who will carry heavy packs still, and we found 6 potential starters for a 10 day walk in October. Finding a place to go foria/​JI'​ong walk, and a party to go with, has never been easy since the bulldb:Zer started to make roads of our walking tracks and motor cars to take us along them. Nevertheless there are some who will carry heavy packs still, and we found 6 potential starters for a 10 day walk in October.
 Next morning found us at Walcha Road in summer morning sunshine. Next morning found us at Walcha Road in summer morning sunshine.
 But the bus that once raft to Walcha, and the taxis we expected, weren'​t there, so we had to phone Walcha for a car. In the meantime we weighed our packs. After allowing for the distribution of tent weight, Frank and Gordon each had 44 lbs. and I had 35. Could they eat that much? I hoped not. But the bus that once raft to Walcha, and the taxis we expected, weren'​t there, so we had to phone Walcha for a car. In the meantime we weighed our packs. After allowing for the distribution of tent weight, Frank and Gordon each had 44 lbs. and I had 35. Could they eat that much? I hoped not.
-January, 1968. TH E SYDNEY. BUSH- rALICER. Page 11+
 In Walaha, we waited while Gordon transacted s ome business.The $ udden materialis ation in Walcha of Gordon,hei ght 6',​weight 14:​7.(heavyweight class) c lad in shorts and gym boots instead of a dark business -suit full of bus mess -and ready for instant acti )n, mus t have been a stimulating experience for the other party.It was not surprising that the b usiness was completed to Gordon'​s complete satisfaction in 75 cent s of taxi waiting time In Walaha, we waited while Gordon transacted s ome business.The $ udden materialis ation in Walcha of Gordon,hei ght 6',​weight 14:​7.(heavyweight class) c lad in shorts and gym boots instead of a dark business -suit full of bus mess -and ready for instant acti )n, mus t have been a stimulating experience for the other party.It was not surprising that the b usiness was completed to Gordon'​s complete satisfaction in 75 cent s of taxi waiting time
 '​Thence to Moona Plains,​which,​fortunately,​was the home country of '​Thence to Moona Plains,​which,​fortunately,​was the home country of
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 By 11 aom. we were under way, carrying our heavy packs in the hot sun. Could we possibly lump these bundles through scrub, mountains and rivers for 10 days? Had I not known from experience that it is during the first hour that heavy packs seem heaviest, I would have answered "​no"​. The finding of a few pools of water near the road was a good reason for stopping before 12 for lunch. Soon the billy was boiling, and we relaxed and started to feel we really belonged in the bush. By 11 aom. we were under way, carrying our heavy packs in the hot sun. Could we possibly lump these bundles through scrub, mountains and rivers for 10 days? Had I not known from experience that it is during the first hour that heavy packs seem heaviest, I would have answered "​no"​. The finding of a few pools of water near the road was a good reason for stopping before 12 for lunch. Soon the billy was boiling, and we relaxed and started to feel we really belonged in the bush.
 By mid afternoon we had followed the bulldozed track (not on the map) to the saddle which led to the isolated tableland. As we climbed the other side we came to a dam, a delightful discovery near the top of a ridge on a hot day. No sooner had the two black snakes which lived there gone into their holes than we were in the water. By mid afternoon we had followed the bulldozed track (not on the map) to the saddle which led to the isolated tableland. As we climbed the other side we came to a dam, a delightful discovery near the top of a ridge on a hot day. No sooner had the two black snakes which lived there gone into their holes than we were in the water.
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 The bulldozer that had built the dam had been busy on the tableland too. Hundreds of acres of trees had been scraped into heaps, encouraging a plentiful growth of sweet spring grass. The kangaroos had cane from far and wide to enjoy it. There must have been at least 50 of them there. At the head of Paradise Creek, which we had figured to be the surest place to find water, there was a much larger dam, favourea by a much larger snake: I could see this one, with its head raised above the grass, watching me from about 50 yards away. Such an excellent swimming hole could not be bypassed, so we camped by it. The bulldozer that had built the dam had been busy on the tableland too. Hundreds of acres of trees had been scraped into heaps, encouraging a plentiful growth of sweet spring grass. The kangaroos had cane from far and wide to enjoy it. There must have been at least 50 of them there. At the head of Paradise Creek, which we had figured to be the surest place to find water, there was a much larger dam, favourea by a much larger snake: I could see this one, with its head raised above the grass, watching me from about 50 yards away. Such an excellent swimming hole could not be bypassed, so we camped by it.
 Next morning we were soon beyond the cleared land, walking through Next morning we were soon beyond the cleared land, walking through
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