Monday, 22 July 2013

A Sunday stroll and Bibbulmun weather

Here in the UK, It's a real effort to want to perform any form of exercise in the current climate. It's much easier to open windows, fashion a cooling breeze through the house, relax in front of the Ashes cricket on the TV, and watch the weekend melt away. To manage eleven miles on Sunday morning has to be satisfactory.

Jim and I made the most of some welcome cloud cover and a brief dip in the temperatures, by setting off early from Christmas Common, in Oxfordshire.

Choosing a predominately leafy route through the Chilterns countryside, it was an enjoyable jaunt, with plenty of deer and rabbits, and our first sighting of the beautiful Burnet Moth, that could be found in abundance, on Turville Hill. I would have got a picture but couldn't manage to work the macro function on the camera and missed out, so here is an image from the Butterfly Conservation website;

Burnet Moth

We may be a bit sad, but that was quite an exciting moment; we had discovered a new species, albeit only a new species to us! In reality, it appears to be quite common, but no matter. It goes to prove that even a route you have trodden dozens of times can spring up something new to see, and that is what I love about walking.

We were finished with the walk by about 12.45pm, before the sun had burnt off the cloud cover, and, more importantly, in time for me to enjoy the afternoon session of the cricket, so a good morning in my books, capped off with a second Test win!

The recent heat wave here in the UK, and the ensuing warnings about heat stroke on the hills, has got me to thinking about the weather I'll be expecting to encounter in Australia. The other week saw me sweltering on Dartmoor in a none too shabby 27 degrees Celsius. In that heat I am always reluctant to travel too far, and on that occasion I opted for a wild camp on Steeperton Tor.

At first glance at the data for the Bibbulmun Track, it comes across as somewhat alarming, with highs as much as 36c. and lows reaching 0c! However, a closer inspection is a great deal more reassuring;

The average maximum temperature ranges from 19 to 21c, and the low is around 7 to 10c.

That, for me, is comfortable, especially considering I hope to get as much mileage in before the afternoon heat sets in.

Finally, the route this weekend;

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