Day 1 - Moss Vale to Kangaroo River via Fitzroy Falls
Distance: 58 kms (36 miles)
Actual moving time: 6 hours 47 mins
Start Time: (After lunch at Moss Vale) 12:30pm
Finish Time: 9:00pm
How could I have forgotten so quickly how hard fire trails are. The Jagungal trip was only 6 months ago. Had the traumas of riding the fire trails in the Jagungal Wilderness have faded so quickly.
When I initially mapped out this day out I added the Fitzroy Falls detour to add more kilometres for fear of rolling into camp super early and not having anything to do. That's because I was expecting to be riding 20 kms an hour. The reality is I'm not a fast rider. I'm not confident going down those fire trails and I'll take my sweet time getting down. Also my bike set up was super inappropriately front heavy. All these factors combined resulted in an average speed of about 8.7 kms/h.
On top of being slow to make sure we really rolled into camp late I somehow used a fire trail that becomes a hikers only tail.
- The smells of the forest.
- The post rain mist in the forest.
- The forest.
And for the epics failures, which in hindsight I will call pro tips:
Tip #1: Make sure the fire trail is for bikes and hikers. Just in case that fire trail becomes a hikers only trail and it gets dark and there's only one way to the camp spot.
Tip #2: Secure your load - on your bags. Or you may end up losing your favourite rain jacket on the ride (lucky we had to back track along the trail and found it.
Tip #3: Secure your load - in you bags. Or you may end up with clothes that smell like soy sauce.
Tip #4: Have a bike with the right weight distribution. Definitely don't ride a bike with all the weight on the front and for the rest of your trip spend most of your energy controlling the handlebar and shitting bricks thinking you're going to face plant down that gravel trail.
Adapted from Adam's Attack of the Buns riding along fire trails
Day 1 - Moss Vale to Kangaroo River - map link
Day 2 - Rest Day - Kangaroo River
Day 3 - Kangaroo River to Yalwal via Nowra - map link
Day 4 - Yalway to Nowra via Tianjara Falls - map link
Over 3 weeks in the European summer of 2018 I attended the "Planning the Cycling City" summer course at the University van Amsterdam instructed by the FietsProfessor Marco te Brömmelstroet.
What a privilege and thrill it was to be studying in the Mecca of Cycling with 20 people from around the world who had the same passions and will to make change to create a cycle friendly world.
This is a short clip I filmed of my colleagues riding around as we lived and experienced a cycling friendly city.
Day 1 - Around Bellagio - strava link
Day 2 - Pilgrimage to Ghisallo cycling museum and Madonna del Ghisallo - strava link
Day 3 - Loop around Lake Como strava link
Day 4 - Rome - strava link
Day 5 - Around Rome - strava link
Day 1 - Bern to Interlaken (Lakeside camping) - strava link
Day 2 - Interlake to Giswil (Lakeside camping) - strava link
Day 3 - Giswil to Wolfenschiessen (Valley of cable cars)- strava link
Day 4 - Wolfenschiessen to Altdorf (Mountain hut)- strava link
Day 5 - Altdorf to Ertsfeld (train to Saint Moritz) - strava link
Day 6 - Airolo to Biasca (Hangry) - strava link
Day 7 - Lugano - strava link
I've never been more frightened in my life but damn it was exhilarating. At one point I was positive I was going to have a heart attack that my heart and head were throbbing with blood after riding up a hill. Riding up + gravel + heat = heart racing fun. Even more fun is the descent down those gravel roads. Constantly wondering if you'll be knocked off the bike and split your head on some rocks jutting out of the earth.
The Jagungal wilderness is closed to motorised vehicles so the only way is by foot or pedal power, resulting in a wilderness with fresh crispy clean air and not much human interaction.
Day 1 - Denison camping ground to Mackey's Hut
Elevation gain: 831 m
Campsite: Mackey's Hut
Day 2 - Mackey's Hut to Round Mountain Hut
Distance: 32 km
Elevation gain: 834 m
Day 3 - Round Mountain hut to Happy's hut
Day 4 - Happy's hut to Denison camping hut
Distance: 20 kms
Elevation gain: 216 m
Every 6 months or so I want to see all the rides I've made in one map. I've painstakingly exported rides from Strava and then imported them into cartodb. No more. Jonathan Okeeffe has created a Strava app to do this. Using the Strava api to get all rides for a given user (access to data requires authorisation). www.jonathanokeeffe.com/strava/map.php
Going down to the Southern highlands has been a favourite weekend getaway for me these past few years. But I didn't have the guts to ride through to the East Coast, mostly because keep telling me about the epic climb out of the valley and the nastiness of the roads. Single lanes, no overtaking, hair pins and epic decent. Luckily a few girlfriends were up for an adventure last weekend and we managed to tackle it with only a few minor incidents.
Starting Point: 7:15am train from Redfern station to Mittagong station
Ride start point: Mittagong station
Finish Point: Friend's place in Nowra
Elevation: 1,464 m
1. Cafe at Mittagong
2. Barrengarry primary school
3. Kangaroo Valley in the valley where I bumped into a work colleague
4. Kangaroo Valley pie shop with the world's greatest pie
5. Eggs at the top of the climb
7. Swamp road trekking through all the marsh