In April we headed north to Newcastle and spend 7 days riding through some of the most spectacular scenery I have ever come across. It really showed me that you don’t have to board a long haul flight to another country as there is so much amazing stuff here in Aus.
We were picked up from the airport and hosted for the next week by the lovely Brad who will feature heavily in photographs throughout this blog!!
Al, Brad, Stan, Glen, Brenton and I enjoyed some singletrack to the start – the train station – to meet up with a few others who had got off the train to join us for some of/all of the Bushranger 1100. The weather was perfect, rolled over some big hills and enjoyed new peoples company. Stopped at a wine bar for lunch and quite easily could of ended the day here, but alas we had some more riding to do. The evening saw some technical and fun riding on a trail that felt it would never end, but it did, we walked abit (not THAT much) climbed over a giant fallen tree and arrived at a pleasant campsite for the night. Downside- my little long life milk I had gotten for my porridge in the morning exploded in my seatbag which contained all my clothes and it stank real bad.
Day Two brought a hot and hilly day, we got to catch a ferry over to wisemens ferry and rode along the Convict Trail. This is a trail that was built by the convicts but was never used due to the lack of water along the route. Brad gave us many history lessons along the way – future history teacher? There were some rocky big descents, loads of fun and we decided to cool off in the Colo River. We discussed riding on to a pizza place but opted to stay and camp – a wise move as while we were preparing dinner we were hit with an epic storm. In tent at 6.30pm with thunder/lightning/wind/rain lasting until about midnight, we were thinking of the other riders who were in front of us!
Day 3- a long 9hours riding in the wet, descended down some amazing trails with epic views, onto Lithgow for dinner and then rode up a hill for a bit to find a nice camp spot out of the wind.
Day 4- enter Glow wormS tunnel. One of the best days I have ever had on a bike. Rode some amazing single track, through a tunnel with glowworms (we saw 2) and really spectacular views. We popped out of the trail to a pub with the best view a pub could have, enjoyed some ice cream and learning about the history of the trails. Very steep climb outta there with some hike a bike
Day 6- Pleasant fire roads bit of hike a bike, stopped at Capertree pub but it was closed so onto Glen Alice for lunch, steady road climb out to the next pub! Brenton’s tyre popped off the bead (I think that’s what happened) and luckily it happened rather close to a farm where a lovely farmer picked Brenton up, and gave us some fencing wire, where the best bush mechanics I’ve ever seen occurred. The wire tyre lasted about 40km down some incredibly tough terrain and the speed at which Brenton rode it was ridiculous!! He was flying! Tube burst so we setup camp and tried a cable tie tyre instead!
Day 7- Rode through a stunning valley, met a guy walking the BNT he has been out on the trail for 18 months, what a legend! We had lunch at Shady Hollow. Brentons cable tie tyre lasted over 100km on bitumen, amazing effort!! About 2kms from Musswellbrooke it popped.
We had a plane to catch the next day, so I gave Brenton my tyre so he could continue on whilst we boarded a train to Newcastle. It was a really enjoyable and memorable trip, the scenery and trails were top notch and the company made it the trip it was. A huge thanks to Brad for spending the time to map this out, do yourselves a favour and go ride this route it is soooo good. And a big thanks to Brenton, Stan, Brad, Glen, and Al – cant wait for the next adventure!