Nundle Overnight (RR)

Ride report: 02-03 November 2018
Highlights
  • Pheasants Creek Road – joins Barrington Tops Forest Road with Tomalla Road. Great scenery and really good track.
  • Nowendoc Road from Nowendoc in the north along the Cooplacurripa, Rowleys and Nowendoc Rivers to Caffreys Flat in the south.


Legend:

  • red line as recorded track,
  • 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.
general route
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Nundle Overnight GPX 414.22 KB 10 downloads

2 Tracks - IN and OUT from McDonalds Raymond Terrace to Nundle overnight. The OUT...

From Raymond Terrace, via:

East Seaham, Glen Martin Road, Mashdale, Dungog, Monkerai to Gloucester. Then Barrington Tops Forest Road, Pheasants Creek Road, Tomalla,  Pages Creek Road, Sergeants Gap, thru Crawney Station and Crawney Road to Nundle.

Forest Way, Topdale Road and Thunderbols Way to Nowendoc, then Nowendoc Road to Bundook and Belbora Creek Rd to The Buckett’s Way.

Krambach south through Bunyah and then Koolonock Road through Bulahdelah State Forest to Wootton Way.

Video
Number of Riders
2
incidents
none
Commentary

The 6kms of Pheasants Creek Road to Tomalla Road was quite special. The track was a really nice cobble stone like surface and very well maintained by NPs. The vegetation was varied and very attractive.

A fantastic alternative to Barry and Glenrock Station crossing between Nundle and Ellerston. The run through Crawney Station is a really nice track. Sergeants Gap is pretty steep and even though uphill seems easier in most cases than downhill, I’m not sure if I’d like to go south and uphill thru Sergeants Gap. But that’s just my first memory of it.

Nowendoc Road was also a highlight, I love those valleys where you see the track wind out in front over and through all the hills. An ever present river adds scenic charm and the road is well maintained –  a “commodore road”.

Koolonock Road thru Buladelah State Forest is a favourite of mine. It runs along a ridge so avoids the sort of damage brought by heavy rains. But this time it was obvious there had been very little traffic lately. As a result the leaf litter was heavy, making it difficult to read the track surface. As a result there were frequent shocks and the need for caution along most the track.

cautions

None

accommodation

Overnight accommodation at Peel Inn Hotel, Nundle. Good value at $45/n share twin incl hot breakfast.

OSM Map Corrections

None

Stats

Actual 695kms

Ambient Temp 21-37C
Max Engine Temp (at front rocker cover) 127C
Road Conditions no rain
all roads dry & dusty
some causeways
very little water
Costs Fuel: $40
O/N: $45 (incl breakfast)
Tyres: finished my motoz tractionator

Melrose to Port Stephens (RR)

Ride Report : 14-15 October 2018

This was a return run on blacktop from Melrose to Port Stephens

General Route

Legend:

  • red line as recorded track,
  • 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.
Number of Riders
solo
incidents
none
Commentary

This ride was the culmination of the Flinders Ranges ride. I planned to take 2 nights but arrived in Narromine by 2pm on the second day so I thought I’d just go through to Dunedoo to make the next day shorter. However, when I refueled at Dubbo, it was 3:15pm with 425km to get home. I made the bold decision that it it would be better to be in my own bed even if the last couple of hours were ridden in the dark. This option sounded a lot better than another night in a musty motel so I refueled again in Merriwa to avoid a fill later and just kept going.

The takeaway from this was that 983kms in one sitting (lunch and fuel stops excluded) wasn’t all that bad. In fact, it just showed how good an airhawk seat can be. Of course, I wouldn’t have done it if I were headed for an overnight camp or even staying in a hotel from an 8:30pm finish.

Accommodation

One night in Wilcannia

Stats

Actual 1,549 kms

Ambient Temp 7-37C
Max Engine Temp (at front rocker cover) 134C
Road Conditions no rain
all roads dry & dusty
dust storm(ish) east of Wilcannia to Nyngan
Costs Fuel: $130 O/N: $65 (plus meals)

Flinders Ranges Ride (RR)

This report is for the actual Flinders Ranges ride based on plans Part A and Part B.

Ride Report – 08.10.2018-15.10.2018

flinders ranges hancock lookout

Highlights
  • Iga-Warta Aboriginal Community
  • Deserted Township of Leigh Creek
  • Beltana Historic Township
  • Brachina and Bunyeroo Gorges
  • Stokes Hill Lookout
  • Wilpena Panorama (Hawker)
  • Arden Vale Road and Warren Gorge
  • Hancocks Lookout
  • The Bridal Trail
Video
General Route
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Flinders Ranges GPX 3.42 MB 14 downloads

GPX download of Flinders Ranges tracks from Arkaroola to Melrose via Leigh Creek,...

Instead of the planned route going north from Arkaroola on Umberatana Road, I went through Gammon Ranges to Copley. Umberatana road would have been nice if I’d been with a few other riders but it was so rough it would have been 1st and 2nd gear most of the way and taken too long to get back to Gammon Ranges Road.

Overnight in Copley, Craddock, Warren Gorge, Craddock and Melrose (and then Wilcannia on the way home)

Degree of Difficulty

I classify all the tracks on this ride as 1 and 2. Due to my incident on the Bridal Trail, I may consider this a level 3 track but this is not because of remoteness. There seems to always be plenty of people around.

Number of Riders
solo
incidents
1 – drop on The Bridal Trail
1 – kangaroo strike on Orrerroo Road north of Craddock – busted a lot of the headlight wiring and bent cowling brackets. Took a couple of hours to put back together in Hawker.
Map


Legend:

  • red line as recorded track,
  • 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.
Commentary

This was, after all, the Flinders Ranges ride I had planned. Although the scenery was great, the roads were good and mostly gravel which is what I like, I think I got a bit bored. A lot of the same, like seeing churches, seen one, seen’m all – with gorges.

I’m happy I finally went and saw the ranges and I appreciate the geology a lot more now. I also appreciate the weather conditions and how dry the area is. It’s obvious why farming activities have dramatically retreated from the north over the last century.

You have to pay to drive thru the NPs. I didn’t know that. But the stupid thing is that you cannot pay via honor system like the camp grounds, you must pay online before you enter. But of course, there’s no mobile reception at the pay stations. No wonder the pay stations are covered in graffiti exclaiming how stupid it is to require payment online when you know there’s no mobile reception to make the transaction. 

A lot of goats out west. Thank God they nearly always run away from oncoming vehicles unlike our dumb roos.

Cautions

Kangaroos – lots of them, small but they come out of nowhere. Simple mistake on the Bridal Trail – take it easy and unlike me, keep your head up in that last section if you’re going up (east).

Accommodation in the Flinders Ranges

Arkaroola caravan park, Leigh Creek Hotel (Copley), Camping in Warren Gorge, Craddock Hotel – the hotels are not cheap in the Flinders especially if you stay on the main tourist routes.

Arkaroola ‘resort’ is pretty expensive ($10 for a pot of tea?) but the guy at the desk (he’s called ‘large’ for good reason) is very helpful. Gave me pegs, knows the area well and directed me to Iga-Warta and Leigh Creek.

Craddock Hotel was recommended to me by the Hotelier at Leigh Creek (Copley). It’s off the main tourist route so it’s a bit cheaper. It’s funky and has a great restaurant. The Hotel is practically all there is to Craddock – highly recommended.

OSM Map Corrections

I made sure the track at Hancocks Lookout is not routable because the gate is locked. You have to backtrack out.

Latest Edits to Open Street Maps

Next Time in the Flinders Ranges

The Ride Plans A and B for the Flinders Ranges are still possible for a return trip. The run through Yandinna , Illinawortina, Umberatana Rd and Narrina Station would be better done in company.

Stats

Actual 834 kms

Ambient Temp 20-37C
Max Engine Temp (at front rocker cover) 134C
Road Conditions

no rain
all roads dry & dusty
some causeways
very little water
no sand

Costs Fuel: $63
O/N: nil-$15 Camping $60-$95 Hotels (plus meals)
Tyres: $38

Next: The run home from Melrose

Pooncarie to Arkaroola (RR)

From Scrapheap ride to Pooncarie, this was a liaison ride from Pooncarie to Arkaroola via Yunta, finishing one ride and starting another. But it was a challenge nonetheless and introduced some risks which invite a separate ride report.

arkaroola
Arkaroola Village
Day 1 – Pooncarie to Yunta

Early start on Sunday morning. Headed west past Ginko Mine and the (dry) lakes then up B79 Silver City Highway to Coombah.

Destination Distance Arrive Depart
BP Pooncarie (dep 07.10.2018)     8:00 AM
Coombah Roadhouse 162 10:00 AM 10:30 AM
Sturt Vale Road & Eastern Road 190 1:30 PM 1:45 PM
BP Yunta (overnight) 94 3:30 PM  
Total 444    
Fuel Range (Coombah to Yunta) 284    
  1. Dirt: 136 km
  2. Asphalt: 53 km (Silver City Highway)
  3. Dirt: 255 km
Map


Legend:

  • red line – recorded tracks by day,
  • orange dots – spotwalla waypoints (using BubbleGPS)
  • white icons – symbols for Food, Fuel, Rest, Sightseeing, Law Enforcement and Bonus/Flag. green or yellow numbered banners – OK or custom text messages respectively.
Highlights
  • 15kms of sand dunes mostly on the eastern side of the border
  • some rather persistent whirlwinds on the SA side.
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Pooncarie to Arkaroola GPX 2.60 MB 7 downloads

2 GPX tracks from Pooncarie to Arkaroola via an overnight stop in Yunta. The first...
Degree of Difficulty

I rate these tracks as mostly 1 and 2 on my scale of difficulty. However, in hindsight, the Loch Lilly and Eastern Roads should be rated as 3 because of the sand and the remoteness of the tracks.

Video

Polia and Nob Roads going west from Pooncarie were in pretty good condition albeit a little sandy. The haul road west from Ginko was in very good condition. The road trains were flying. I’ve since realigned the Haul Road on OSM to its current route.

Morning tea at Coombah and took some spare fuel.

This leg was probably the riskiest leg of my journey when you consider the distance and sense of remoteness between Silver City Highway and Yunta.

After leaving Silver City Highway on Loch Lilly, it was clear that not a lot of traffic uses this road. Toward the SA border there was about 15kms of sand dunes. Fortunately they were not large dunes and very low traffic meant that there was no rutting to contend with. Once over the border, you aren’t far from the Oakvale property but it’s best to know this before you go there.

The track on the SA side (Eastern Road) was closely bordered by salt bush which did a good job of hiding the small kangaroos which were plentiful. Several close calls.

Overnight – Yunta
Day 2 – Yunta to Arkaroola
Destination Distance Arrive Depart
BP Yunta (dep 08.10.2018)     8:00 AM
Waukaringa Hotel Ruin 82 9:30 AM 10:00 AM
Arkaroola (overnight) 235 1:00 PM  
Total 324    
Fuel Range (Yunta to Arkaroola) 316    

Read more from some resources here:

The 300+kms north from Yunta (as in ‘punter’) was a wide road. Some parts were in good condition and most was very heavily corrugated. I was expecting to see road trains going up and down but I only saw 2-3 other cars all day.

NUMBER OF RIDERS
solo
INCIDENTS
none – a few near misses with kangaroos
STATS

Planned: 730kms; Actual: 730kms

Road Conditions mostly dry
some causeways south of Yunta
sand dunes crossing the SA border

Next The Flinders Ranges Ride

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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Scrapheap 9 to Pooncarie GPX 2.46 MB 6 downloads

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


Legend:

  • 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.
Video
HIGHLIGHTS

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.

NUMBER OF RIDERS
over 100
INCIDENTS
none
STATS

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

Next: Pooncarie to Arkaroola

Wauchope Overnight (RR)

Ride report: 25-26 July 2018

Legend:
  • 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.
Highlights
  • Toms Creek Road – stunning opening views north into the valley, a great track, 26 km joining Innes View Rd to Oxley Highway.
  • Black Flat Lane – Borserio Drive and Black Flat lane was also a great track – 16km running from Mount George to Bulga Rd.
  • Scenic Route to Ellenborough Falls – Blue Knob Lookout was a nice place to re-visit. The views were a bit more misty this time so no view of the coast, but I decided to go back to the scenic route rather than continue on to Rowleys Rock Lookout.
general route
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Wauchope Overnight GPX 2.43 MB 7 downloads

2 GPX Tracks IN and OUT from Salt Ash to Wauchope NSW for an overnight ride. Recording...

From Nelson Bay, via:

Karuah, Buladelah, Wang Wauk Forest, Bunyah, Krambach, Mount George, Killabakh, Toms Creek, Ellenborough, Wauchope, Mount Seaview, Blue Knob, Ellensborough Falls, Bobin, Belbora, Bunyah, Bulahdelah.

Number of Riders
solo
incidents
1 – drop on Killabakh Rd
1 – near miss with a logging truck
Commentary

I had to back track along Crawford Road. The crossing at Lees Creek was mostly dry but very large boulders made even walking the bike across pretty sketchy. Being a solo ride, I eliminated that risk. The road leading in was also sketchy (I ignored the ‘Road Closed’ sign) but a look up the other side north of Lees Creek revealed that there had been very little traffic on that section for quite some time.

Beautiful country roads, especially north of Mount George. Obvious signs of better rainfall in these northern areas compared with points south.

The section of road between Kimriki and Bundook (Somerset Rd) is through private property. I took a liberty here. At the end of Somerset Rd a cattle grate with no gate was marked with signs ‘Private Property’, ‘No thoroughfare’ and ‘End of Council Maintenance’. A large property and a reasonably good road with no gates at all went west past 3-4 other ‘private’ holdings which did have locked entry gates keeing me on the main road. I past one ute and trailer going in the other direction and we waved at each other. There was no attempt to halt me or question my presence.

cautions

Wang Wauk Forest way from Wootton Way to Horses Creek Rd is used heavily by logging truck. The road is in very good condition which encourages the trucks to speed. I had about 3ft to pass an oncoming truck on an almost blind bend. The truck would have been going 70kph and I would have been almost the same. I had to take aim into a large cloud of dust and pray. So be warned.

accommodation

Overnight accommodation at the Hastings Hotel in Wauchope. Good value at $50/n single. Good restaurant, great pork burger special and secure parking in either the bottle shop of the beer garden overnight.

Video
OSM Map Corrections
wauchope - old highway
Entry to Old Highway

Open Street Maps is missing ‘Old Highway’ which is a track joining Oxley Highway to Yarras Mountain Trail. The gated entry to Old Highway only has a ‘Cattle Ahead’ sign, otherwise it is innocuous. The LPI NSW basemap shows the track alignment, Google earth reveals some risks in crossing certain sections. But this route provides very good access from Doyles River Rd to Oxley Highway. Blue route added to OSM.

Latest Edits to Open Street Maps

next time

Doyles River Road looks interesting, I’m sure there a way to get from Costigans Rd map off Oxley Hwy south through Yarras into Biriwal Bulga NP and onto Doyles River Rd. Try Old Highway.

There must also be a way to get from Doyles River Rd to Innes View Rd

I missed a visit the planned visit to Rowleys Rock Lookout which would also have brought me down through Wherrol Flat Road and back thru Black Flat Lane to Mount George.

Stats

Planned: 300kms up, 337km back, Actual 729kms

Ambient Temp 7-23C
Max Engine Temp (at front rocker cover) 134C
Road Conditions no rain
all roads dry & dusty
some causeways
very little water
Costs Fuel: $50
O/N: $50 (plus meals)
Tyres: $25

And I did all this with my front wheel valve nut locked up under the valve cap and not against the rim as per BMW Service Bulletin 2066.

Myall Lakes NP (RR)

Ride Report: 15 July 2018


Legend:

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

The old railway bridge on Horses Creek Road and the 2.5kms of single track – Whites Trail – which runs off Glen Road.

General Route

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Myall Lakes GPX 1.23 MB 4 downloads

One GPX track through the Myall Lakes National Park to The Glen Nature Reserve and...

A “latte run” to Wang Wauk State Forest, The Glen Nature Reserve, Ghin Doo-ee  National Park and Myall Lakes National Park.

Number of  Riders
3
Incidents
None
Commentary

Whites Trail runs into Jeep Trail and the south end of Bourkes Road. This is the eastern Whites Trail – see below for the western Whites Trail. Bourkes Road is missing from OSM but is a dead-end to the north on Google Maps. The LPI NSW map shows Bourkes Road running back to Glen Road. Something to check next time.

Google Maps is accurate with the regard to the position of the intersection of Kings Mountain Trail and Cabbage Tree Road. Kings Mountain Track is missing from OSM which needs to be corrected. Kings Mountain Track on OSM is actually Little River Trail so it needs to be renamed and re-aligned.

The LPI NSW map definitely shows a track from Cabbage Tree Rd just south of the Comms Station to Terreel Road. This one appears to finish at Terreel Road through a property gate. There’s also another Whites Trail running west off Jeep Trail (north of Kings Mountain Trail) which also joins Strangers Corner Road.

Terreel Road actually runs north to Glen Road. Strangers Corner Road runs off Terreel Road to the west and connects with the western Whites Trail.

The Comms Station along Cabbage Tree Road was the highest elevation for the day at 671m. The highest point along Koolonook Rd was 354m.

Cautions

None

OSM Map Corrections

Open Street Maps was missing the single track service road (Whites Trail) joining  The Glen Road to Jeep Trail. Little River Trail was incorrectly named Kings Mountain Trail and Kings Mountain Trail was also missing. The LPI NSW basemap shows the track alignments. Terreel Road and Bourkes Road have also been extended north to The Glen Road.

Next Time

Try to connect Cabbage Tree Rd with Terreel Rd and The Glen Rd

Stats

Actual: 350kms

Trip Log: Ambient Temp 9-16C; Max Engine Temp 137C (at front Rocker Cover); Conditions: no rain, all roads dry except for sections of Cabbage Tree Rd near the Comms Station; Fuel $24.

Northern NSW (RR)

Northern NSW – Ride Report
Enfield Range Road
Enfield Range Road (click to enlarge)
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Enfield Range Rd, Coachwood Rd, Killiekrankie Lookout, Shipmans and Black Mountain Rd, Doboy and Ramornie Rd, David and Lodge Rd, Spiral Loop Lookout, Paddys Flat Road, Sandy Flat and Coxs Road, Old Glenn Innes Road, Kempsey/Armidale Road.
Degree of Difficulty

Most of the tracks on this ride were Level 1 however the following sections were all Level 2:

  • Day 2 Coachwood Rd
  • Day 3 From Taylors Arm to Killiekrankie (north of Killiekrankie returned to a cruisy Level 1)
  • Day 5 north of Jiggi to Nimbim
GENERAL ROUTE
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Northern NSW GPX 6.79 MB 13 downloads

[caption id="attachment_1785" align="alignright" width="157"] Southern Tracks[/caption] Several...
  • From Nelson Bay return, via:
    Krambach, Mummel Gulf, Werrikimbe and Willi Willi NP, Taylors Arm, Bowraville, Killiekrankie, Bellingen, Glenreagh, Nymboida, Ramornie State Forest, Coaldale, Casino, Nimbin, Kyoggle, Rathdownie, Tenterfield, Ebor, Bellbrook.
Itinerary
Day 1: To New Country Swamp Campsite – Mummel Gulf

I headed out early into some poor weather, but I made it north and out of the rain quite quickly. Fortunately, by the time I reached Bunyah, the skies had cleared and things continued to improve through Bellbrook and Bundock. Enfield Range Road was definitely a first day highlight. I had to stop for a photo and some video footage of that track.

The campground is well maintained with plenty of firewood and I had it all to myself. It was windy overhead during the night but the camp ground is well protected from the elements because it’s on the edge of a ridge.

Day 2: To Taylors Arm

An early start was easy and the roads were good thru Werrikimbe and Willi Willi NP. Coachwood Road had received some maintenance since the last time I’d gone through but there’s a very steep section just after a river gully. This time it was littered with large loose boulders which are always trouble. I had to stop suddenly on the hill climb and lost balance. It took a while to get the bike upright and then ride the remainder of the hill. Fortunately, no damage was done to bike or body.

Map


Legend:

  • coloured lines – recorded tracks by day,
  • orange dots – spotwalla waypoints (using BubbleGPS)
  • blue markers – recorded GPS points
  • white icons – symbols for Food, Fuel, Rest, Sightseeing, Law Enforcement and Bonus/Flag. green or yellow numbered banners – OK or custom text messages respectively, and
  • camera icons – photo icons may also me present.
Day 3: To Glenreagh

My first target from Taylors Arm was Killiekrankie Lookout. Horseshoe Road was well worn to begin but it got a little scratchy further along. It was obviousl that  very little traffic had passed by recently. One fallen tree would have stopped all 2WD vehicle traffic but I managed to crawl under it.

The final climb on foot to Killiekrankie Lookout was 700m almost straight up but the view to both the south-east and west across to Point Lookout was pretty spectacular. The road north from Killiekrankie was in very good condition and had virtually no traffic.

I tried to do an outside circuit thru Lowanna off Crossmaglen Rd but the track was marked ‘No Through Road’ and looked really sketchy. So I tracked back up the highway to Glenreagh. I’d probably rate that unmaintained track as Level 3. It might be OK if I was with another rider.

Video
Day 4: To Casino

My exit from Glenreagh was via Shipmans Road to the south, then onto Black Mountain Rd which were good forest tracks The real fun, however, started north of Nymboida on Doboy Rd and thru Ramornie National Park and State Forest.

I tried to get thru to Whiporie from Coaldale in two places but both tracks were marked ‘No Through Road’ so I didn’t chance it and jumped through to Casino on Busbys Flat Road. [update] I’ve since been told it’s quite easy to go via Barrets Creek and Mount Marsh Rd in either direction so that’s on the agenda for next time.

Also next time, instead of going thru Coaldale, I could go the long way around west through Cangai Rd and Coombadjha Road along the Mann River.

Day 5: To Kyogle

The road was asphalt from Casino up thru Naughtons Gap to Jiggi but after that the road gets quite sketchy until you get through the Davis and Lodge Road. I’d classify these tracks at Level 2. The tracks weren’t marked at all so I had to stop and knock on a door for directions.

It’s a funny place, Nimbin. It seems to be locked in the 70s. But I’m told things are changing due to increased property prices so if still want to sample the old Nimbin atmosphere, you’d better get up there quickly.

I was very disappointed about The Border National Park – Tweed Range Scenic Drive being closed. I had to go around via Kyogle but a puncture on the way to Wiangaree put an early end to my day. Some help from a local who offered me his garage to do an emergency tyre change was much appreciated and I can highly recommend Kyogle Motorcycles who dropped everything to change my tyre and put a new tube in it. Great service and good price too.

Day 6: To Tenterfield

The morning started with a quick run up to Sheepstation Campground on the western end of Tweed Range Scenic Drive. From there I took some drone footage of the Spiral Loop at the Lookout before running up to Rathdownie and starting the return journey home.

South to Kyogle from Sheepstation Camground (click to enlarge)

Paddys Flat Road through Urbenville to Bruxner Highway was a bit rough but a great run and it was only a short run down to Tenterfield for the night.

Day 7: To Ebor

Currs Road, Coxs Road and Ten Mile Rod out of Tenterfield were all fantastic tracks. I’d do them all again in a heartbeat. The video has some footage of the almost cross country section of the track. The next leg thru Old Glen Innes Road is now a favourite and didn’t disappoint with a good mix of asphalt and gravel through to the old tunnel.

After Glens Creek Road to Nymboida, I slabbed it down Armidale Road to Ebor.

Day 8: Return from Ebor

Day 8 started with a stop at Point Lookout. It was good to get the east looking view back to Killiekrankie which is only 13km away, as the crow flies. It’s a pity there are only walking tracks joining the two lookouts but I’m sure the hike is a nice one.

Point Lookout – Killiekrankie centre (click to enlarge)

I followed Forest Way and Kempsey Road to Bellbrook. I’ve done this track before in heavy rain so it was nice to experience it in the dry the second time. Kempsey Road has had some maintenance work done since the last time. The lower sections were in good condition.

By Noon and after a bite to eat in Bellbrook, I decided to make a run for home down the M1 from Kempsey so I put some air in the tyres and gunned it. It only took 3:42 from Bellbrook to Home.

The ride took one more day than planned because of the puncture in Wiangaree but it was a great way to spend a week even though I didn’t end up using the tent as much as I had planned.

Next Time

In conclusion, I think all the planning really paid off and I’m left with a couple of ‘Next Time’ additions. I’d like to get into Whiporie over those mountains and the detour along the Mann River would be good to see.

NUMBER OF RIDERS
solo
INCIDENTS
1 – drop on Coachwood Rd
1 – rear puncture (torn valve stem) – Wiangaree
STATS

Planned: 2000kms; Actual: 2,144kms

Ambient Temp 17-34C
Max Engine Temp (at front rocker cover)
Max Revs
Max Speed
147C
5,990
121kph
Road Conditions no rain
all roads dry & dusty
some causeways
very little water

ADV Ride Reports (RR)

Ride Reports and Plans

metaMotoADV Ride Reports (RR) start with a Ride Plan (RP). I express my Plans with routes which are the result of a lot of research. I use planning tools detailed on the Planning and Mapping page.

Recording

My preferred way of recording the track is to use the Locus Maps record option because it’s part of my navigation system. The Spotwalla system with the Bubbler GPS Pro App keeps my position visible to family members when I’m within mobile range. I compile a ride report after I finish each ride. I can overlay the recorded track from Locus onto the Spotwalla way points because it fills in the gaps on the track between marker points. Then it’s time to provide more detailed information about road conditions, degree of difficulty and trip highlights.

Bubbler GPS records my position every ten minutes. These points are joined with straight lines. They don’t follow a road like a navigation route so it’s clearer to overlay the recorded track and show the exact path I traveled.

Enfield Range Road

Tracking data, statistics, photos and video, cautions and commentary all go to assist the next plan. Perhaps this information assists others with their plans.

Sometimes there are changes to Open Street Maps (OSM) required to help future adventurers. So as part of my workflow, I try to log these changes under my OSM account. You can review these changes here.

A Ride Report follows a content template which has of the following report sections:

  • A distance table including fuel stops and range required
  • A map
  • Ride Highlights
  • A video
  • A read more section includes resources used for the trip
  • Statistics including any incidents
  • General road conditions
  • OSM Corrections
  • Degree of Difficulty as described on this website.
Chichester State Forest

Here’s an example of the recorded tracks I have for Chichester State Forest. There are lots of tracks in the forest. You can go there as a day trip or stay overnight at Frying Pan Campground. These are a few tracks you can explore….

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Chichester State Forest GPX 2.21 MB 14 downloads

Chichester State Forest is in "my backyard". There are lots of tracks which range...

There is also a wide variety in degree of difficulty for these tracks. They are not all easy, nor are they all hard. I would broadly classify the tracks included here as good beginner tracks other than:

  • Terrible Billy Road
  • Cherry Tree Road (gap in track mid way)
  • Karuah River Ford on Mountain Road (not the north ford on Kanungra Road)

The tracks and river crossing nominated above are in the Level 3 degree of difficulty

 

Bridal Track – Hill End (NSW) (RR)

20th May 2018

A trip to Bathurst via St Albans, Upper Colo and Turon Gates, followed by a run up the Bridal Track and then a return journey via Upper Turon and Razorback Rd to Bylong then Ringwood Rd to Merriwa and Scone. The final patch of gravel was Albano Rd at Bowmans Creek.

razorback near bridal track
View south from Razorback Road

A highlight on the way there was Wheelbarrow Ridge Trail which is a shortcut along Wheelbarrow Ridge Road through the Parr State Conservation Area. A nice bush track which seems to see very little maintenance but also seems to have very little 4WD traffic. It follows the top of a ridge and is probably the reason for very little erosion.

The country west of the mountains and north of Bathurst was sadly, very dry. There was no water at all in the Turon River at the Bridle Track south of Hill End. Only a couple of feet of water in the Macquarie at Root Hog Trail crossing.

Ringwood Road was wide and sweeping and surprisingly had a lot of long sand which added some spice.

The view all along the ridge of Albano Road from Rouchel Road to Bowmans Creek was spectacular. A nice sunny day probably made all the difference. A really quiet road with plenty of visibility.

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Bridal Track NSW GPX 199.57 KB 17 downloads

Thsi package contains 2 tracks - Bridal Track NSW and western loop thru Long Point...