Day 144: Stuck in the Mud on Gunditjmara Country and Some Goat Poo Coffee!?

CMR travels to Gunditjmara country to meet with the Traditional Owners, gets stuck in the mud and experiences the amazing flavour of goat poo coffee (not really, but it's a damn good story).

Day 144: Stuck in the Mud on Gunditjmara Country and Some Goat Poo Coffee!?

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 8 July 2021
Well, it had to happen sometime, I suppose. Getting a bit cocky on taking Violet the Van on to dangerous ground and finding myself with tyres spinning and no forward motion. But the details on this a bit later.

I had arrived in Heywood on Gunditjmara country on day 143 and met up with Uncle Michael “Mookeye” Bell, an amazing man with whom I’ve had the honour of interviewing several times over the years.

Mookeye and I had spoken quite some months ago about the desire to bring CMR on to Gunditjmara country and report on just some of the incredible stories that have their heart in this region. After our conversation, and with an interview booked in for the next day with the CEO of the Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative, I headed off and spent the night in the nearby town of Portland.

Arriving back in Heywood on day 144, I looked around for a place to park Violet and do some work for an hour or so before the meeting. Unfortunately, the place I chose to park – a designated RV camping area – had been subjected to recent floods and, well, the result is the picture above.

A huge thank you to the RACV and Joe from the Heywood Garage who, with amazing good humour and skill, extricated Violet from her sticky position all within twenty minutes.

Lesson Learnt: Buy some damn recovery tracks as soon as I get back to Melbourne…and double-check all off-road ground before driving on it! 🙂

Goat Poo Coffee?

When I met with Mookeye on Day 143, it was at the Goat and Tree Cafe. Yeah, I was intrigued, so I asked about the name when I ordered my coffee. Here’s what I was told:

“Well, the goats climb trees, eat the berries and sh*t out coffee beans.” Told to me with a straight face right up until the time I totally cracked up in front of a cafe full of onlookers.

I can assure you that the coffee they serve is definitely not the result of passage through a goat’s digestive system, but it really is one of the best cups of coffee I’ve had while being on the road for the past five months. If you’re passing through Heywood in Victoria, do yourself a favour and pull over – absolutely oodles of parking space in this town – and grab a cup of goat poo coffee. You won’t regret it.

 

More Regular Updates

I’ll be a lot more regular with CMR updates going forward.

I’ve had quite a lot of people emailing me and asking about CMR travels and progress. Now that I have divested myself of some obligations in Melbourne and have time to get out and meet with Traditional Owners and other mob, the travels are increasing and story opportunities building.

As a result, I hope to be updating at least once every two to three days.

3 Comments

  1. Karina

    OMG I LOVE THIS! LOL

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    • Charles Pakana

      Thanks, Karina. Gotta say that my trips to Gunditjmara country are always filled with something new and exciting. Can’t recommend this part of the world enough! And the mob are so friendly.

      Reply
  2. Barry McDonald

    Well done Charles, a great read

    Reply

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