Date writ­ten: 30 Novem­ber 2020

Date post­ed: 7 Decem­ber 2020

This post was writ­ten by hand in my diary on the road, and entered into the blog when I got home.

I slept in today, and had a nice camp­fire break­fast of fried eggs, mues­li bars and espres­so cof­fee, before pack­ing my bag and explor­ing the Camp­bells Island State For­est on my way down to Barham and Koondrook.

Koon­drook is a lit­tle town on the Vic­to­ri­an side of the Mur­ray, and Barham is a slight­ly larg­er, but still small town on the NSW side. I crossed the riv­er into Barham and stopped at the bak­ery for a shep­herd’s pie and chips, chat­ting to a local named ‘Dar­by’, who was 80 and had lived in the area most of his life. Barham is a nice enough lit­tle place and remind­ed me very much of Went­worth, near Mil­du­ra but again on the NSW side of the river.

At the bridge on Thule Street, crossing the Murray between Koondrook on the Victorian side and Barham on the NSW
At the bridge on Thule Street, cross­ing the Mur­ray between Koon­drook on the Vic­to­ri­an side and Barham on the NSW

I stopped at the gen­er­al store in Koon­drook for cold drinks, water and fresh worms for bait, then head­ed back into the for­est, this time Gun­bow­er State For­est, to roam the tracks along the Mur­ray. For the most part from Murra­bit I have fol­lowed the Riv­er Track, which mean­ders along the Mur­ray, not turn­ing into every sin­gle long wind­ing bend but for the most part stick­ing to the course of the riv­er, and the track is a pret­ty good track for most of its length, get­ting rut­ted and slip­pery in parts but oth­er­wise easy to fol­low. I saw kan­ga­roos and spooked a cou­ple of emus who ‘took flight’ pret­ty close to my bike due to the qui­eter nature of a bicy­cle ver­sus the 4WDs and oth­er motorised vehi­cles they’re like­ly used to.

At about 1500 I stopped to camp at a nice spot near Iron Punt Land­ing and the inter­sec­tion of the Riv­er Track and Thread­er Track. It is a stun­ning place, but with­out phone recep­tion (per­haps adding to its allure for some!) and I’ve since caught a lit­tle yel­low­bel­ly (gold­en perch) and seen and heard plen­ty of cock­a­toos and kook­abur­ras. I had a dip in the warm water before hav­ing a Back­coun­try freeze-dried meal of “Beef Teriya­ki” for din­ner, as I could­n’t dis­cern whether today is a total fire ban or not.

The Journey

The stats

1
Distance ridden
0h 0m 0s
Riding time
1
Elevation (climbed)
1
Average speed
1
Max speed
14ºC
Temperature
1
Pedal strokes
Down­load file: murray-2020-d2-murrabit-cohuna.gpx

On my trav­els today, I passed through such beau­ti­ful coun­try and would like to acknowl­edge the tra­di­tion­al cus­to­di­ans of that land, the Yor­ta Yor­ta peo­ple, and pay my respects to their Elders, past and present. I’d like to thank them for look­ing after the coun­try for more than 80,000 years.

Category: Camping, Cycling, Fishing
Tags: , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.

Other cycling-related posts