Eric and I scoped out the route last week, making it easier for us to relax today, and enjoy this amazing ride
I’m always surprised when so many riders turn up. The Kin Kin carpark was packed with eager riders…
Derek brought a brand-new 29er, complete with a pink hooter. Nic brought “Dora the Explorer”. Howard brought his two sons 🙂
I tried to catch up as some of the riders enthusiastically raced up the first hill. Eric sagaciously commented to me, “Take it easy. There’s no rush.”
Around Kin Kin the Noosa Trail Network meanders through lush dairy farms. This pleasant section features many gates that require opening and closing. Each of us took turns to hold the gate open while the others rode through.
As we headed east along Bates Road past numerous impressive homes, the signs suggested that we couldn’t get to Harrys Hut this way.
This is true if you’re in a motor vehicle. The track is too rough.
But it’s a perfect track to enjoy on a Mountain Bike.
The pine plantations gave way to rainforest thick with Paperbarks and spiky Cabbage Tree Palms.
This was paradise.
The trails were rough and bumpy: I crashed over my handlebars at one point. But this was turning into a perfect day for riding a bike with a group of friends.
The lack of rainfall ovet the last year has caused many of the smaller creeks to dry up. This enabled us to cross dry creek beds as we traversed the forest to the North of Harrys Hut Road, heading towards the River.
Some of the wildlife was very curious.
We all enjoyed the chance to rest our legs.
After our relaxing break we rode west along Harrys Hut Road towards Kin Kin Creek.
This inviting secluded creek flows east into Lake Cootharaba.
The creek is framed by giant old Eucalyts. One large tree dwarfed the goanna that was clinging to it.
As we started our return journey, we made our way back to the northen end of Galloways Lane.
At its northen end, Galloways Lane starts passes along the edge of the Great Sandy National Park. Although we had to work a bit harder as we rode through the grass, the trees provided welcome shade from the sun.
At its southern end, the road reserve passes through Yalanga Station – a vast cattle property.
It’s not safe for motor vehicles to get through this way to Harrys Hut, which might explain why the gaste is usually shut.
We continued south, joining back up with the Noosa Trail Network. Simpsons Road is a large climb which is almost impossible to ride up. Most of us pushed our bikes up, although Darb, Tony and Paul managed to ride all the way to the top. Awesome effort, guys!
The steep rocky descent from here to Shepperson’s Park is exhillarating.
We all made it safely down the other side at our own pace. Some took it easy, some almost flew down it.
The final stretch back into Kin Kin involved a few rolling hills as we passed along Shppersons Lane through another dairy farm. It was a challenge for tired legs.
You must be magic, Nic. Beetles don’t just choose anyone to ride with 🙂
All up we rode about 56km in just over 5 hours including breaks. We climbed about 520 metres, and I burned about 2,700 kcal.
I’ll rate this one 8 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter. It would not be pleasant after a lot of rain, but it would be easier in the cooler months. Make sure you bring plenty of water… and your swimming gear 🙂
Thanks everyone for a fun day out!
UPDATE: Here’s Darb’s video:
Max elevation: 175 m
Min elevation: 6 m
Total climbing: 950 m
Total descent: -953 m
Average speed: 16.96 km/h
Total time: 05:17:38