Recent rain has caused the Eastern and Western Branches of the Brisbane River to start flowing again. This doesn’t happen very often, so we thought we’d have a look.
Today’s adventure was a point-to-point ride starting at East Nanango in the South Burnett. Tom and I would drive the support vehicles while the riders rode down the range to meet up with more friends. We’d then follow some trails around the back of Mount Stanley before following the eastern branch of the Brisbane River to its end – the point where the Brisbane River officially starts.
It was a strange experience for me to follow a bunch of Mountain Bikers in a four-wheel-drive. I’m used to cycling through the bush, not driving through it. At times I sat behind them as they rode, as some part of my brain mistakenly thought I was in a big bike myself, following the rest of the pack.
Our first stop of the day was the East Nanango Fire Tower. We let the riders take the easy way up (which included climbing a locked gate) while Tom and I drove up a very steep un-locked track from the other side.
Paul almost gave us a spectacular mud-in-the-face photo – but (sadly) he recovered and was able to ride out unscathed. I think that proves age and cunning will beat youth and technology most of the time 🙂
Over the 344km between here and where it enters the ocean in Moreton Bay it’s crossed many times by a variety of impressive bridges. This humble concrete causeway is the first one. It’s my favourite 🙂
I drove to the end of Eastern Branch Road to Wombi Creek where I could proceed no further because of a large fallen tree. As I waited for the riders to come down the other side, Tom arrived in the second car. He was feeling ill – and we were fortunate to have the second car that he could retreat to instead of having to push over the hill.
After a short wait, the riders emerged from the bottom of the hill on the other side of the creek.
They had no problems getting past the fallen tree. Proof that you can go more places with pedals than with petrol.
I’d packed an icebox in the car which let people pack some cold drinks and food – a rare treat on our rides.
Wombi Creek was the perfect place to cool off and rest after the hard work and steep roads through the forest.
We stopped at Crossing 4 for a break and to soak in the cold water.
It was like sitting in a spa bath.
Today it was full of water.
If you’re doing this as a point to point ride, we’d rate it about 7.5 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter.
It was much less effort in the drivers seat 🙂
Thank you Becca, Tom, Eric, Darb, Paul, Jason, Russel and Simon for a great day out.
Thanks Darb and Eric for letting us use your cars.
Thanks, Tom and Jason, for helping me with the photos.
Here’s Darb’s track log of the ride:
Here’s my track log of the driving route:
Max elevation: 559 m
Min elevation: 182 m
Total climbing: 1879 m
Total descent: -2063 m
Average speed: 43.21 km/h
Total Time: 05:11:20