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Edwins Bicycle Tour Downunder
Monday, 26 February 2007
Sunday 25 February. Loch Sport. Rest Day.
Weather today was fine with clear skies all day apart from some cloud for a few hours at the middle of the day. Temperatures reached 26C.

Loch Sport is known for its large population of Kangaroos and Wallabies inhabiting the woods around the town which can be seen grazing verges in the early morning and evening.

I rose at dawn for a Kangaroo spotting expedition. I looked at the street map and figured Wallaby Street was a good place to go. Near there on the edge of town in a clearing next to the forest I spotted about 5 Kangaroos and 2 Wallabies grazing. One of the Wallabies was quite inquisitive and came up close no doubt hoping to be fed. The Kangaroos were much more cautious with ears pricked up and hopped off whenever I got too close. 2 of them were enormous, possibly 5 feet when sitting upright, see picture below. 2 of got into a serious boxing match

I moved on into Wallaby street and sure enough some Wallabies were grazing on the verges.

My bike riding today was local and short by recent standards. I headed east to the end of the road and a gravelled road through the National Park. I went to the Reeve Lake Lookout tower for views over the area. The geography of the area is that there is the mainland, then the wide expanse of Lake Victoria, then the long spit of land at the end of which Loch Sport is built and then the narrow Lake Reeve and then another long narrow spit of land with dunes making up 90 mile beach. This is a straight 90 mile long sandy beach.

I next cycled back into Loch Sport and over the Causeway across the dried up in places Lake Reeve to 90 mile beach where I relaxed, sunbathed and had a picnic lunch.

In the early evening Max the husband of Hanna of Hanna's B&B where I was staying gave me a tour in his 4 by 4 of some of the area and tracks showing me views and more Roos out grazing in the evening.

Later in the evening Max fed the 2 Kangaroos which live next door to the B&B on a grassy tree shaded area!

For anybody wondering I showed Max the picture of the big lizard I saw 2 days ago and it is a Guano. Could bite but not poisonous and usually runs away at considerable speed.

14 miles for the day and 334ft of climb.

Edwin


remote Posted by Edwin at 9:40 AM EADT
Updated: Wednesday, 28 February 2007 9:17 AM EADT
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