I had been unable to do anything other than some day rides over the last few months so I decided to head off for 3 days while I still had a chance before starting work again. My intention for the weekend was to get away from Perth and see some places I hadn't yet visited. I left Perth about 10.30am Friday with the intention of camping overnight in the Stirling Ranges National Park and then heading east to Fitzgerald River National Park for Saturday night, then heading home on Sunday. My riding mate Robin was away in Sydney until Saturday night, but we arranged that we would meet at Kojonup on Sunday at midday and we would ride back to Perth together in the afternoon. After a run down the freeway, then across to Pinjarra, first stop was Dwellingup. We normally get to Dwellingup coming down through the bush, but the intention of this trip was to be a bit more relaxed, stop and see the sights, take lots of photos. Dwellingup is an old timber town. Old timber jinker Woodchopping is still a sport in these parts. These poles are set up for "tree felling". The axeman starts at ground level with three boards about 6 feet long and six inches wide and an axe, and has to set the boards in turn into the pole like a widely spaced spiral ladder until he is standing at the top. He balances on the top board and chops through one side of the block, then has to descend and do it again up the other side to complete chopping the block all the way through. Not easy. You can see the remains of the block on the top of each pole. The classic WA timber is jarrah, a hard eucalypt. Much of the forest in these parts is regrowth of various ages. Another big industry in this area is bauxite mining and alumina production. When we ride off road around here this is what we are riding on. We call it pea gravel. This is a test quarry called Pavins Pit, just east of Dwellingup, where initial exploration was done in the 60's. I headed east toward Boddington. There's good farming country here, but first you have to collect up all the rocks. The top of the hill has been stripped for bauxite mining. The bauxite gets carried by a 51km long overland conveyor to the refinery. Conveyor travels at 24km/hr and carries 2,700 tonnes/hr. It's the longest of its type in the world.