Almost Giving Up
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The next day we woke to more rain and many people had had a bad night of sleep with leaky tents and soaking sleeping bags. I had slept fine but a lot of the group were eager to follow the itinerary for the day but return on the afternoon barge cashing in their 2nd night and 3rd day and come back in better weather. So we packed up the soaking and grit-covered tents and set off to Lake Mackenzie, the most famous and popular of the lakes but with the sand wet and us covered up from the rain it wasn't really worth staying long, especially since Birabeen had been pretty and quieter. I called our tour guide and explained that we wanted to return and asked for help with the tides on the beach road but he assured us the weather would improve and suggested we head to Eurong or our next campsite to air out the tents which we grudgingly agreed to do despite strong opposition from the Germans who were miserable.
As it was, the sky had cleared by the time we got there and we decided to push ahead, but to go to a campsite with a bbq instead of the one we were booked for. We were recommended to go to Happy Valley, in the centre of the island, but on arrival we found it was just a day site, not for nght camping and the only other one was in the north of the island, a good 20km up the coast and with the tide coming in we had to be off the beach road by 2pm. So followed a harrowing journey along the beach road, often entering the water to drive round rocks and obstacles which we had been expressly told not to do for safety reasons, and also to avoid 'wash-outs' - invisible rivulets of freshwater running from the land into the sea creating kerbs of sand often as high as your knees. We stopped at the Maheno Wreck, an old Tasmanian ship that was beached in 1935 in a cyclone, which made me edgy since it meant we were held up even longer! We did make it however, and settled into a dappled glade of trees where we all seperated to relax. Most of us ended up at the beach, which sadly we couldn't swim in because of sharks or walking in the forest. Learning from our mistakes we made sure we had our bbq before nightfall and then sat up late into the night talking and laughing.