I am plotting out a 4 day bikepacking trip for some friends and myself over the Grand Final long weekend.
Current plan is:
Day 1 - Hurstbridge train station to Toolangi (camping at the reserve? http://www.findacamp.com.au/camp-site.php?camp=136 )
Day 2 - Toolangi to Warburton. Camp options of caravan park or somewhere nearby (some want a shower)
Day 3 - Warburton to Kurth Kiln - bailout option of Lilydale via the rail trail for those who can’t get Monday off.
Day 4 - Kurth Kil to a station - Pakenham? Nar Nar Goon?
I have done a very tentative mapping of day 1 - http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1123425574 Feedback (especially of the “that road is unrideable” or “you will die trying” type) is appreciated.
Bikes will be a mix of MTBs and CX with a possible touring bike in there. Some bikepacking, but possibly some with panniers, and maybe backpacks.
After sounding out the group, a few are intending to go the fully self-sufficient route, with most wanting to have a town accessible for dinner each night. As above, there have been requests to have shower access at some point - hence Warburton caravan park as an option.
Looking to do around 60 - 80km per day. (does this seem reasonable when loaded?) I’m trying to keep it to dirt wherever possible. Nothing too technical, but smooth singletrack is fine. (similar to an MGG ride really).
I haven’t done this myself before, and certainly not planning for others, so a bit nervous.