With an early turn in the previous night we were up before the sun to drop the lines in the water just in front of the tents.
How’s the serenity?
Not much was biting but it was a beautiful morning and we did manage one small whiting
Once breakfast was finished the camp was quickly packed and we headed off.
The plan was to take a longer way back to Penneshaw via some lesser used roads.
Once again the fire damage was evident as we wound our way east
The tracks proved to be little used and passed through a variety of countryside
Once out of the trees I saw this guy hanging by the side of the road looking a little lost.
With no farms in sight I stayed with him while Paul rode back about 6kms to the nearest property to get some help for him. Luckily the farmer knew the owner and was able to come back and take him back home.
With our good deed for the day done we hit the bitumen for a short while before turning off onto the East West Highway near Brown Beach.
We soon turned off again to check out some of the tracks that run down to the coast.
After travelling for quite a way along the first track we ended up coming to a locked gate before the coast and had to turn back. However, a keen eye on the way out saw us find a great little track that led down to the Wilson River and a number of nice looking campsites for future reference
Our second attempt at getting to the coast was a bit more successful but the end of the track was a bit of anticlimax
Backtracking soon saw us come out on the road that leads to the most easterly point of the island at Cape Willoughby.
Once again we baulked at paying $13 but got a pretty close look
You would think with all these lighthouses the ships over the years might have stayed away from the coast. Not so - there's over 50 shipwrecks littered around the island!
Off again slowly making our way back to Penneshaw we wanted to firstly try and get to the Cape at St Albans. The GPS showed a track and we soon found it
But as is the custom in this state it ended in a locked gate. Not to be outdone, we found an adjoining homemade gate hidden on a corner and made our way through
This led to a steep rocky easement with, you guessed it, another locked gate at the bottom
Finally defeated we picked up the main road and headed around to Antechamber Bay. Here the Chapman River meets the sea
And the mainland can be seen across Backstairs Passage
After spending some time walking along the beach and chatting to some fishermen we finally made the last run into Penneshaw but with an hour to kill we thought we’d check out some 4x4 tracks nearby that the GPS had thrown up.
Things started out ok
But it soon became obvious that no vehicles had been down this way for some time
Still, where there’s a will there’s a way
After passing someone who got stuck here some time ago
It was back towards the terminal just in time to see our ferry on the way over
After completing a 3 point turn
We lined up once more for our trip back to the mainland
With the jetty behind us
it wasn’t long before we reached Cape Jervis and it’s nearby wind farm on the other side
From there a quick sprint (in daylight this time
) saw us back at Paul's farm in no time.
Another great trip on the DR’s
Day 3 Route