Colo River Excursion, Sunday 24 September, 8:00 am rollout from Tractor 828
Starting from Tractor 828, we will ride south towards Windsor before taking some backjroads and gravel sections towards East Kurrajong. We will then cross over to Blaxlands Ridge and follow it up to Comleroy Road. This gravel road will drop down and cross Wheeny Creek, before climbing 200m up and over to the upper Colo River. Then we follow Upper Colo Road, Lower Colo Road and West Portland road back to the Csfe for lunch.
The roads to Blaxlands Ridge will be new to me, they look quiet and narrow with gravel sections and sort pinches as the terrain slowly rises up to around 200m. There will be a creek crossing or two, so expect some pinch climbing. After hitting the Colo River, it’s some of the best riding around on the valley roads.
All up it is looking like being just a bit over 75 kms with a bit over 900 metres vertical for the ride. A reasonable distance on the gravel, but no so much to be wrecked for work and family commitments. I’m expecting a relaxed pace.
Tractor 828 opens at 7:00 for coffee, and is about 16k from Windsor, so doable by public transport.
After Gravel for Dummies (Jono’s ride) I was thinking about another excursion in the region, and linking up some different gravel sections.
Staring at Windsor, taking a gravelly route north west to East Kurrajong and Comleroy Road, cross Wheeny Creek and ride over the ridge to the Colo River. Then on to more familiar ground, follow the river back to West Portland Road, Sackville, lunch at the Tractor 828 cafe, and back to Windsor.
Its looking at being 90-100 kilometres, a bit of climbing in the first half, less so in the second, plenty of unsealed roads.
I’m thinking about September 24 at this point.