There have been some thoughts about a “Christmas in July” type ride to fully realize our awesome potential that is restricted by not being able to ride all day (currently limited by summer heat to early mornings). I’m all for this, and we do have that Lhasa-Kathmandu to do. So perhaps this year is not the year for a full-blown epic and maybe we should instead meet to workshop the “Tibetan project”.
I suggest the workshop takes the form of a bike ride, maybe a shorter Xmas Gambol. Scott & I have been enumerating numerous enormously epic Sydney – Canberra routes, but these will keep until a future time. Why not do Sydney – Canberra the shorter “directissima” route via Wombara?
27/12 Day 1: Bundeena – Woonona 58km 600m
Late start, as earliest Ferry from Cronulla – Bundeena is at 8:30am
Warmshowers: Patricia L, 2beds + lawn space, Woonoona
Warmshowers: Peter F, 2beds, Wollongong
Wollongong Surf Leisure Resort, Pioneer Road, Fairy Meadow.
(02) 4283 6999, wslr.com.au
Corrimal Beach Tourist Park, 1 Lake Parade, East Corrimal.
(02) 4285 5688. wollongong.nsw.gov.au
28/12 Day 2: Woonona – Berry 75km 444m
Warmshowers: Karen R, 4 beds + lawn space, farm near Berry
Warmshowers: Bill B, Worrigee (Nowra)
Shoalhaven Heads Tourist Park, Shoalhaven Heads Road, 1300 782 222
Coastal Palms Holiday Park, 40 Shoalhaven Heads Road, 02 4448 7206
29/12 Day 3: Berry – Sassafras 73km 858m
Campsite, Endrick River Fire Trail near Sassafras
Morton Nat.Park; 5km off main road, 600m from the carpark.
31/12 Day 5: Tarago – Carwoola 57km 384m
Carwoola B&B Alpaca farm-stay for NYE.
This short 5 day (~350km) trip would still have plenty to challenge us. Half the trip would involve travelling through heavily built up areas, the other half through total isolation.
For the first half, how do we stay alive in the hostile “Mad Max”-like post-industrial chaos of the Illawarra? Fortunately there is this Bible from the Illawarra bike user group (iBUG) where they reveal the extensive bike paths and “bike friendly” routes. I only found this after making the above maps, so the routes could probably be made better. Picking your way through bike paths is not the fastest way to travel, but probably the safest. But more importantly iBUG also list the best Cafes.
The second half… well… basically only crazy people go that way.
Steve Rudd (K Rudd’s nephew) did Shoalhaven Heads – Canberra. Traveled with two chihuahuas, pulling a 200 kg trailer. The trip was partially to continue his research into the paranormal. It’s a promising buildup, but unfortunately he’s a bit of a tool.
Folding bike man: Tarago – Kiama
Beautiful title pic is from Warren Hudson. Amazing photographs of the North Budawang area from an mountain bike trip here: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/7644
After the trip, there are the following options:
1/1/13 Audax “Tablelands Trot” 201km 1700m
Starts Sutton 6am, run by Audax, Route sheet provided. $16pp.
Long, all day ride.
or a tough ride down to the coast:
1/1/13 Carwoola – Araluan 86km 796m (1412 descent)
~35-40 km dirt including long descent
2/1/13 Araluan – Narooma 100km 993m
Another hard day: More (~40km) dirt, Princes Hwy from Marooya – Narooma
Accommodation chez Riley.
Either of the above options would be from the hard basket, but the 2nd would mean we have completed Sydney – Adelaide.
So what do people think of this? (The 5 day trip) Too hard, too easy, too short, too crazy? Nothing booked, changes can be made up until we have final numbers of participants and have booked accommodation.
Speaking of which, I have perused our financial situation. Thanks to Keith and Steve’s kind donations from a year ago, and to the magic of compound interest, our savings have jack-potted to $200.05.