A bike trip from Wyong to Windsor, with an overnight camp in the Watagan Mountains.
The route strings together some of the best roads I know of in the Sydney area. A few sections get steep and rough, so I’d recommend not bringing the carbon roadie.
Day 1 is 77km, mostly dirt roads, 1,300m climbing.
Route map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11772602
Sounds easy, but if you’re not off your bike and pushing for some of the hills I will buy you several beers.
Day 2 is 122km, half dirt/half bitumen, 1,400m climbing.
Route map: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/11723398
A little climb at the start, but after that it’s more or less smooth sailing. Lunch at Wiseman’s Ferry.
Start point: Wyong Station, 9:30am, Saturday 26 March.
If coming from Sydney, catch the 7:45am train from Central. This is an all-stations train with space for bikes, unlike the Newcastle train.
Campsite: The Basin, Olney State Forest
Windsor Station, sometime Sunday afternoon.
There are plenty of trains back to Sydney with space for bikes.
What to bring:
Whatever you would normally take on an overnight camping trip by bike. The majority of the ride will be through remote areas, mostly without phone signal, and no support or services will be available.
We’ll call in at Cooranbong on Saturday morning for coffee and snacks. After that it’s just forest until St Albans on Sunday.
The campsite is pretty basic, so for a touch of luxury we’re considering getting some bulk drinking water dropped off. The alternative is Micropur tablets for the creek water. I’ll update this closer to the time.
Feel free to invite others. We’ll try to stick together on the ride, and will stop for flats and mechanicals, but please bear in mind that it’s an unsupported ride and each person needs to be self-sufficient.
And no, it’s not a race. It’s about riding in good company, taking in the scenery, and the vibe of the thing.