Another national park and generous English guys

Trip Start Aug 15, 2006
Trip End May 27, 2008

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

I was up for some alone time and doing something active so I took the car and drove out to the national park early in the morning.  Hiked the Loop which is 8km along the bottom of a big gorge and I didn't see anyone until the last few hundred metres (oh and kangaroos).  So quiet it was great!  Went down to the z-bend gorge which was also nice but lots of backpacker tour groups there so I didn't have it to myself. 

Drove back to town and met up with Suzanne and Mattias to see if they wanted to hire a boat and check out the river.  They weren't all that keen as it was a rough day but I went to enquire about prices anyway.  The boat guy was chatting to a couple of English guys and he assumed I was with them.  They invited me to go out on the boat they were hiring for free so obviously I agreed.  They were John and Michael from London on a short holiday so they'd hired a posh campervan to drive down the coast before heading to their friend's wedding down south.  They were quite a comical pair, like an old married couple as they'd been living together for years.  Mike looked like Tom Hanks and John reminded me of  Les Dennis!
We moored the boat and hiked up Castle Rock for a nice view.   Being my clumsy self I managed to stab myself in the foot with a sharp stick (another injury to add to the long list).  On the way back we got soaked on the boat from all the spray and felt pretty cold.  I oferred to treat the guys to a coffee as I didn't pay for the boat and just after I'd ordered the drinks (and decided to treat myself to a large piece of scrumptious looking cake) I realised I'd left my wallet back at the campsite - how embarassing!  It was easy for me to run and get it but Michael refused and paid (wished I hadn't ordered the cake!).

That night I went for a walk with the English guys to watch the sunset then I was kindly offered some of their expensive succulent steak back at the campsite which was great as my lot had cooked tuna and pasta for dinner.
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