3 July - Station Creek to Manning Gorge Camping Ground
I seem to have wiped out my diary for today and some days to come. So now i'm writing completely from memory of many months later.
Today i road a few kilometres. From Mount Barnet itself there's a back road of maybe 7kms to the gorge camping ground. Its a very large and popular camping ground and i didn't make the effort go further than creek which was only a few hundred metres stroll. My energy seems to be flagging after about six weeks on the road.
Instead i lazed around setting up my camp, doing washing of myself, my clothes and my bike, though the water from the showers came out in a trickle until late in the day when a generator was turned on and normal water pressure returned. Maintenance of the campground is kept to a minimum but ultimately its ok except you have to pay for the privilege of pitching your tent on a certain patch of ground just near to a lovely gorge.
Aside from the trifle I got invited to share, another family camping nearby me, invited me for homemade scones with jam and cream. Yum!! They were from Darwin. The former crowd were from Adelaide.
I heard about but didn't meet a whole busload of touring cyclists. They stopped at the shop but didn't come into the campground. I was very disappointed about that because the last time i met such a group, i'd been treated like a queen. However, the bus didn't come in to Manning Gorge because they had serious mechanical problems on the bus and its trailer itself and/or perhaps they didn't want to pay the fees and spend a whole lot of time mingling with a campground full of other tourists when there are so many other quieter places to camp. However, Manning Gorge is one of most lovely and fun to visit of all the gorges on this road. So we all missed out.
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