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.