Still in Stanley
- on Friday, 22 December 2017.
I've been cooling my heels here in Stanley, for 2 reasons.
1. It's a very pleasant CV Park with a good camp kitchen and facilities.
2. I've changed the tyres on the bike and hit a bit of a tech snag......That being the fact that a belt, unlike a chain on a derailleur system, cannot be stretched!! A chain and derailleur system has a far bit of latitude for backward / forward movement. Given that I need to go past the belts physical length means I have to fit a longer belt. After taking the measurements it transpires I need a belt that falls between two sizes, which is a PITA, still, I've ordered said belts from the importer in Perth and am now sitting around on my rather ample arse waiting for them to arrive......oh but it Christmas time and the PO is shut until the 12th of never, Ho Ho Ho......Bugga….. haha, It’s not a big drama as I'm in no hurry and it's enabled me to do a few bits n bobs.
I wandered up to the top of the “Nut” which I might add, is as steep as hell, but the view was good as it was a nice clear day. There is a little [2K] walk around the top with various lookouts. There are Wallabies and I also saw a couple of small Kangaroos, called Pademelons, who was the retard that came up with that name for a ‘roo? No wonder they’re small and stunted, with a name like that anything would develop a complex!!!!
I noticed that one of the Wallabies had a very bad case of mange and there were a couple of others that weren’t as badly affected, but mangy all the same. Out of interest I looked it up on the web and found this;
“Sarcoptic mange is an infection of the skin in mammals caused by the parasitic mite Sarcoptes scabiei. The parasite can infect both humans and wildlife, with the disease referred to as scabies and mange respectively. Sarcoptic mange is widely distributed, affecting over 100 species, spanning seven mammalian families. Signs of mange include intense scratching, skin reddening, skin thickening and hair loss. Severity of the infection and mortality rates vary depending on species and geographic location. The mite is invasive to Australia and is believed to have arrived about 200 years ago with European settlers and their domesticated animals. Since its introduction, S. scabiei has been documented in a number of native Australian species. Sarcoptic mange has the most significant impacts on wombat populations and can cause local extirpation of populations. Increased management and population scale treatments may be required to protect isolated or small wombat populations…………..”
Taken from here:
I got a lift into Smithton with the guy who does the cleaning and bits n bobs around the CV park yesterday to drop into Woolies to buy some more food as I was completely out. I also had to buy a ¼” nut as I’d lost one off the front rack. Rodney is his name, he’s born and bred here in Stanley and at 55 YO and recently semi-retired, he’s one hell of a character. He’s very contented with his life, intelligent, switched on and a true Aussie with a very sarcastic / dry sense of humour. Needless to say we had a great time and a good laugh!
Here's a link to the pics I've taken here in Northwest;