Left Berrima early morning after a very cold night in my tent. Went back west into Belanglo State Forest and got a few rides there and walked around quite some.
Belanglo is the Forest where the bodies of Ivan Molats victims where found. Ivan Molat was the guy behind the Backpacker Murders; he picked up hitchhikers in the beginning of the 90s and murdered them by shooting them several times in the head, stabbing, raping and torturing them. So quite a nutcase! But two people did get away alive from him and because of these two he got caught. They found 7 bodies in the forest of which 5 were international backpackers but there are speculations that he can have killed up to 30 more. He is in a high security prison right now in Goulburn serving 7 life sentences, he got sent there after trying to escape from his first prison (why the hell don’t they put a whack job like him directly in a high security?) But he also has 3 brothers that he claims were in on the murders but that never got sentenced for anything. Ivan is probably the biggest reason hitchhiking became a dying art in Australia and that people are afraid of doing it and picking up people. He is also the inspiration for the 2005 horror movie Wolf’s Creek.
I did see my first snake in Belanglo since leaving Perth! Think it was a red-bellied black snake almost 1.5 meter long. A very fitting place to find a deadly snake!
Sadly my camera have stopped working so got no photo of it and the only photos of the forest I have is on my mobile, but I guess its better then nothing!
After that I kept on going west but only came to Yass, took into a motel because it was so cheap (20$ for a room!) Got on the piss on with the locals that night for a change, much fun but argh what a hangover! So got a pretty late start the next day and only succeeded in getting about 120km that day. Came to a place called Young where it started raining on me so I went into a café to get some grub. While eating a couple came up to me and asked me if needed anywhere to sleep tonight to get out of the rain and told me I could stay in their caravan. So stayed the night there getting fed some warm soup and watching a movie, thanks Ron and Brenda
Today its been so cold all day, was 8 degrees this morning and windy and stayed that way all day, just 5 degrees outside now, and this is supposed to be Australia? Been heading north all day and got myself a new camera in Dubbo because I didn’t have much choice if I want to take some more photos. After getting another 40km north of Dubbo the sun started setting and a woman named Lyn picked me up and offered me to stay in their house. So been fed today again and watched movies with her kids and sleeping in a warm big bed tonight! Tomorrow Ill hopefully get to the Warrambungle National Park pretty quick and do a hike there without it being to freezing cold, then after that the plan is to head east into even more mountains.. brr!