Scrapheap 9 to Pooncarie (RR)

Ride report: 3-6 October 2018

The destination for the 2018 Scrapheap adventure ride was Pooncarie, NSW.

Darling River - Pooncarie
Darling River – Pooncarie
General Route

The planned route included overnight stops in Canowindra and Hillston, intending to cover as much off-road ground as possible. Unfortunately, heavy rain forced a change in plans.


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The Scrapheap 9 ride to Pooncarie started in Wisemans Ferry. Tracks went via Canowindra,...


  • Colored tracks are planned route, replace by red line as recorded track when completed,
  • orange dots are spotwalla data points (using BubbleGPS) – 10 minute intervals
  • There may picture icons which contain photos and standard message icons for breaks.
  • S & F – start and finish.

Tarana to Canowindra, especially Lagoon Rd into Rockley and Old Lachlan Road into Neville

The ride to Canowindra was as per the plan. But heavy rain resulted in closed roads from Hillston onwards. Unfortunately a detour was required at Condoblin so we headed to Hay for the night.

The weather from Hay to Balranald was much better and a group of riders decided to make the run up via Lake Mungo to Pooncarie instead of going thru Wentworth with the main support vehicles.

The roads thru to Lake Mungo and Pooncarie were quite unusual. Plenty of dust but also large patches of wet slippery sand. There were also some large fissures in the road which looked pretty scary. Those who came thru the next day reported the road was dry again.

We paid our respect to Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, the oldest (42,000 years) remains of modern humans outside Africa, and made the final run to Pooncarie. We arrived well ahead of the others who went via Wentworth.

More information about the rides at the Scrapheap Adventure Ride Website and about Down Syndrome at Down Syndrome NSW website.

over 100

Planned: 1,121kms; Actual: 1,448kms

Road Conditions rain – day 2
day 2 mostly black top
day 1 some causeways
roads into Lake Mungo very unusual due to recent rains

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