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However, as we navigated our way north up the Munda Biddi Trail,
we didn’t always have to stay in huts. We had the luxury of a shower
and a comfy bed every other day as the Trail conveniently passes through
towns, which, after cycling an average 41.5km a day on a dry and dusty
trail, can be a fine reward.
Most towns along the Trail offer a variety of accommodation - we
opted for the Donnybrook Motel, conveniently located next-door to an
IGA, enabling us to restock our panniers with food for the next couple of
days. Two nights at the Collie Ridge Motel saw us rejuvenated and raring
to go. On our rest day I treated myself to a massage from Virginia Lincoln
at the local physio. Just what my overworked body needed after four days
on the Trail! Lake Brockman Tourist Park, overlooking the Logue Brook
Dam, provided a magnificent backdrop to a spectacular sunset, while
Dwellingup Caravan Park – a helpful cycle-friendly business – was home
for two nights as we rested our weary bones on days nine and ten.
The diversion currently in place around Lane Poole Reserve – and
one that looks set to remain for the foreseeable future – is a little
inconvenient, as you now bypass the majority of King Jarrah Form, which
is a nice, easy section of the Trail lined with tall, stunning jarrah trees.
The single trail diversion provides many obstacles as you negotiate rocks
and logs; hang in there, the reward at the end of it is an exhilaratingly fast
downhill ride, if you’re travelling from the south, that connects back up
to the MBT and Bidjar Ngoulin. What a day, arriving at Bidjar Ngoulin; one
of my favourite campsites, with a babbling brook running nearby. Already
on a high after the thrilling downhill ride, we had the evening topped off
for us when we experienced a near-full moon. Later in the evening in a
BE PREPARED Ensure your bike
and body are in top condition before
setting off on a multi-day ride.
Whilst physical fitness is important,
off-road riding skills are essential
to ensure you have a pleasant Trail
experience. Just as important,
have your bike serviced before a
multi-day ride and carry spares (as
listed at mundabiddi.org.au).
MAPS Don’t leave home without
Munda Biddi Trail maps, because
theTrail markers have sometimes
SLEEPING BAG Buy a decent
one: the nights in the huts can
be cool and after an exhausting
day of cycling, the last thing you
want is to sleep poorly as a result
of being cold.
WARM CLOTHES The next best
thing to a sleeping bag is a decent
down jacket. I purchased one
shortly before we left. Once off
the bike you cool down quickly,
so it is important to layer up as
TRAVEL LIGHT Remember
you have to lug those loaded
panniers as you negotiate the hills
and crevices in and out of the
many river valleys.
moment of madness five of us wandered down to the deck by the
stream for a game of cards. It was Munda Biddi magic; good friends
playing silly games in the light of the moon, while being serenaded by
the frogs. We slept well that night.
Although I enjoy the thrill of negotiating a good downhill section
of dicey pea gravel (slipping and sliding can be fun), the uphill riding
through sand and pea gravel leaves me with unfavourable memories. After
eleven days of cycling, one of our hardest days was the section of Trail
from Carinyah through to The Dell, where parts of the Trail were boggy
and hard going with tired legs. It was especially tough, following one of
our longest riding days: 61km off-road on a hot sunny day? Ouch! The
lactic acid in the legs built up, time for another massage!
One of the many highlights of the journey was the single track
meandering north of Crooked Brook, a delightful picnic area with
barbecues and sheltered seating – a great place for hungry cyclists to
stop for lunch, and a lot of fun. Riding around the block I cycled it again –
it would be even better without the extra weight of panniers.
The thing I love about mountain biking, apart from getting out in the
great outdoors, is the ease at which you forget about all else: work, home
and the dreaded to-do lists. I find that I am so engrossed in the moment,
concentrating on staying upright and being ever wary of any obstacles
looking to send me plummeting into the dust. But that feeling of being at
one with nature and the bike... it’s all about having fun.
“The thing I love about mountain
biking, apart from getting out in the
great outdoors, is the ease at which you
forget about all else: work, home and
the dreaded to-do lists”
CLOCKWISE from left Leanne on the Sidings Rail Trail, practising for the main ride; the ride
to Collie ended in a rest day for the intrepid riders; one of Leanne’s favourite campsites, Bidjar
Ngoulin, Day Eight; early in the trip, on the Jarrahwood to Donnybrook trail.
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