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Mountain Bathing
On a very hot day, riding a large, off-road, mountainous loop from Wamuran to Mt Mee via Delaneys Creek seems a little bit crazy.

But my friends and I have a motto: “No boring rides” – and this unusually tough loop seemed like the perfect fit.

Pineapple Fields
We started near the wide-open pineapple fields just out of town at Wamuran. The cool air and flat terrain was a perfect way to start our ride.

Pineapple Fields"Trail"

The recreational trail is clearly marked around here, and it’s easy to follow the markers along quiet roads to the state forest.

Forest Tracks
Forest Tracks

We followed the sandy bush trails at the end of O’Shea Road westwards towards the Wamuran Rail Trail.

Mango Tree, Wamuran Rail Trail
Half a century ago trains used to trundle along here westwards to Kilcoy. These mango trees were probably planted alongside a railway siding. Today they provide welcome shade on a hot day.

Horseriders
Although there are no longer any trains, the area is very popular with horse riders and mountain bikers.

Wamuran Rail TrailWamuran Rail Trail

“Smile, Jason!” I yelled out as we rolled through some old railway cuttings, pointing my camera over my shoulder.

“No need to ask me, mate”, he replied. “I can’t help smiling when I’m out riding with friends”.

McLeods Lane
At the end of the Rail Trail we made our way up McLeods Lane, slowly climbing higher. Once or twice we stopped to enjoy the emerging views to the east.

Duane RoadDuane Road

Our plan was to follow a road reserve westwards from the top of McLeods Lane. It looked ok on the map, but as we often discover, bashing through the obstacles was more challenging than we expected.

Yet another ClimbHilltop Rest

Once we reached the small town of Delaneys Creek we kept riding westward up into the D’Aguilar Range. Although the road here was paved, it was steep, reaching gradients of almost 20% in parts. Paul kindly hung back to keep me company as I trailed behind the faster riders.

Face in the Next
Paul and I thought this termite’s nest looked uncannily like a face gazing downward. What do you think?

Montain Bathing
Montain BathingMontain Bathing

In a paddock at the bottom of Nine V Road we found a few old bath tubs. They were empty, but that didn’t stop everyone jumping in for a bit of “Mountain Bathing”. I know Becca loves her bike, but I didn’t realize that she would bathe with it.

Halfway Up
Our fun with the bath tubs was a pleasant diversion from what was really on our minds – the tough climb up Nine V Road. This gravel road winds slowly up from the Delaney Creek valley to the ridge of the D’Aguilar Range. We stopped halfway up to catch our breath and enjoy the view. Sometimes “enjoying the view” is a euphemism for “having a rest”.

Hoop Pine Forest
At the top of the climb we entered the State Forest and enjoyed the shade of the Hoop Pine plantations. Some of the gradients in here are quite severe, and I found myself pushing the bike up one or two hills.

Big Brothers
Halfway up the major climb of the day, we encountered some friendly moto-cross riders. Our ride was taking longer than we had anticipated. The hot weather was taking its toll, and we were running low on water. One of the motor-cyclists kindly gave Eric a litre of water.

Bunya Mt Mee State Forest
At the top of the climb, we all had a rest and checked our water. We had all run out. Our camelbaks were almost dry, and we still had a couple of hours of tough riding to go.

We agreed to stop at the first farmhouse we encountered and ask for water.

Kev and Kay Hennessey
Kev and Kay Hennessey

By some amazing stroke of luck, the first people we met were Kev and Kay Hennessey – the kindest, most hospitable people in Mount Mee. Quick as a flash Kay emerged with a couple of jugs of ice water. To a hot and dehydrated mountain biker, what could have been better?

Kev and Kay Hennessey

The Hennesseys love their farm. Kev’s family settled here over a century ago. Kay’s parents ran a dairy farm at Mt Mee when she was growing up. Kev and Kay proudly showed us the stunning views they enjoy from their back door every day.

Settlement Rd, Mt Mee

Re-hydrated, and with our camelbaks reassuringly heavy with water, we pointed our bikes eastward for the return leg of our ride.

Thomas Rd, Mt Mee
Whenever possible, we tried to keep off-road and follow road reserves like this one – Thomas Road.

Pedwell Road, Mt Mee
Eventually the gradients started to point downhill, and as we reached the end of Pedwell Road we enjoyed some specacular vistas to the east.

Descent - Williams Rd
Descent - Williams RdDescent - Williams Rd

But the gradients got even steeper. What began as a “downhill” ride quickly turned into a “drop”. The steep descents along R.Williams Road are fun, but very challenging.

Glasshouse Mountains from Williams Rd
One final time before riding off the mountain, we enjoyed the great scenery to the north.

Wamuran Historical Memorial
Wamuran Historical MemorialWamuran Historical Memorial

Our final stop was an old historical site marking a camp oven used by Neils Anderson and his family in the late nineteenth century. We imagined a few tough old germans sitting round the fire, smoking their pipes, and wondering (like many farmers today) when the rain would come.

All up we rode almost 60km in six and a half hours, climbing about 1,300m of vertical ascent.

I burned 3,200 kcal.

Becca tells me she’d rate this one about 8 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter, but she is so stong a rider that she’s able to beat most of us to the top of most hills. She rode up all of the hills that I had to push the bike up.

In today’s heat, and with some of the steep climbs, I’ll rate this ride 9 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter. Subtract one if you do it in cooler weather. Make sure you take plenty of water – at least 5 litres.

Thanks Becca, Eric, Paul, Jason and Darb for another memorable ride.

Definately not boring!

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