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Long-Distance Walks with Mark Moxon

Pilbara Bushwalk: Day 2: Sputtering Fire

Oh, a storm is threat'ning
My very life today
If I don't get some shelter
Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away

'Gimme Shelter', The Rolling Stones

A view of the Pilbara
The Pilbara can be surprisingly green

It stopped raining at about seven, when we got up. It wouldn't have made a great deal of difference if it hadn't, seeing as both our sleeping bags and our enthusiasm were totally dampened, but I cooked up some porridge for myself while Scott had his usual breakfast of muesli bars, and before long we'd decided that although the weather was lousy, we were already about as wet as it was possible to get, so we might as well press on and try to find a cave where we could shelter. It was pretty obvious we weren't equipped for rain, so it was up to nature herself to provide shelter.

A cliff-side camp
Our cliff-side camp at the end of day 2