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Long-Distance Walks with Mark Moxon

Pilbara Bushwalk: Day 1: Narrina Creek

It rained so hard that morning
I could hardly see the road
The wind a-blowin' and the rain a-fallin'

'Highway 13', John Lee Hooker

A makeshift shelter
The makeshift shelter we had to huddle under on our first night

Having met up earlier in the day, Scott and I decided to get stuck into the walk straight away. He'd drawn up a route that covered a fair amount of the Chichester Ranges, with about 65km of walking, so after checking our equipment, we headed out towards Python Pool. It was about 4.30 in the afternoon by the time we got to Snake Creek, the campsite I'd stayed in a week or so before, and we decided that although we'd only have about two hours of walking that day, we might as well start and make Monday's trip easier, so we drove past the campsite and ducked off the road down a dodgy four-wheel-drive track to a place called Narrina Pool. This was the last time I would see any trace of modern human beings for seven days...