Mount Trio & drive to Esperance
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Another 6am start!! And made worse by the crashing in of some very loud party people at 3.15am which woke up half the hostel. I was so incensed it took me ages to get back to sleep, so the long drive to the Stirling Ranges gave me time to catch some more zzzs on the bus curled up under my towel and with the loan of a pillow.
We started at The Gap and the Natural Bridge at just past sunrise. We had to be careful as it's a dangerous stretch of coastline with many people killed either by intentional suicide throwing themselves to the waves and the sharks, or by accidental gusts of wind and freak waves. But we climbed over the rocks for half an hour, courting vertigo and enjoying the early morning sea air.
At Mount Trio we hiked 45 minutes to the summit up steep shale and through thick bush.
On to lunch in the National Park nearby and then a 'sad' moment when our group got split, and the '3 dayers' got shuttled back to Perth, and the '5 dayers' (i.e. me and 6 others) went on to Esperance with the driver. I only really got on well with one or two of the group leaving anyway, so no major drama, and we get lots more space now with a double seat for everyone - yay!
The drive to Esperance took about 5 hours so the driver was begging company at the front.
We arrived in Esperence at our lovely waterside hostel and had lasagne provided by the hostel. It's nicer being in a smaller group, as I discovered on the east coast, I much prefer it, though the remaining group is mostly German again and they prefer to speak German among themselves. I don't worry though, at this late stage I'm not going to make firm friends with anyone so I'll just enjoy myself.