Today’s adventure took us through Louisavale Station – a large picturesque cattle station on the banks of Monsildale Creek between Linville and Kilcoy.
We started at Sheepstation Creek north of Kilcoy on the road to Jimna. This was a point-to-point ride, so I drove Eric’s 4WD while everyone else cycled. This way we’d have a car at the end of the day so that we could ferry everyone else back to their vehicles.
For some of its way, the track is the driveway to “Louisavale Station”, home to the Gilliland family. We’d got the “OK” to ride through from them the day before, but popped into say “G’day” to Tony and his family.
While everyone else had to labour through the water carrying their bikes above their heads, Darb discovered that the huge tyres on his fat bike were so buoyant that his heavy bike almost floated on the creek.
We shared stories of exploding baked bean tins, and rollled up cigars of newspaper and grass stems. It seemed like no matter where you lived in Australia in the 1970’s, boys were getting up to the same sort of mischief.
We’re starting to get to know the colorful characters at the Linville pub. It’s a perfect spot to stop after an enjoyable day exploring the upper reaches of the Brisbane River and the creeks which flow into it.
This ride covered about 46km in almost 4 hours includuding lots of breaks. We climbed about 650m in elevation, and Darb burned about 2,000 kcal.
We rate this ride about 6 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter.
If you plan to ride through Loisavale station, please make sure you first contact the owners to make sure it’s ok and safe to do so.
A big “thank you” to Tony Gilliland and his family for letting us ride through your spectacular property.
Thanks Becca, Tom, Eric, Darb, Paul and Jason for another fun day out on the bike.
Thanks Jason for sharing some of your photos.
Thanks Eric, for letting me take your car paddock bashing. I really enjoyed it 🙂
UPDATE: Here’s Darb’s video of the ride:
Here’s Darb’s Track Log: