Very interesting ride today, and a bit more challenging than our usual runs. There has been a fair bit of rain round these parts lately so the trails were nicely compacted and a little muddy in parts, but nothing the Super Thumpers couldn't handle. The area: You can see from the google earth screenshot that we are blessed with lots of tracks and trails to explore and all on our doorstep! Some are graded gravel roads which are a bit of a nightmare to ride, and others, like the ones we did today are just forest tracks. We encountered some tricky parts, deeply rutted with large rocks and boulders and a covering of loose gravel sometimes several inches thick where it had been pushed into the centre and sides of the trails by the many 4 wheel drives that wander these forests. One hill proved a bit problematic for Brian. We got down ok, but very gingerly as the front wheels of our bikes slid into and out of the ruts thanks to the gravel. Getting back up was more difficult though. Brian went first as he is braver than me. About half way up his back wheel seemed to slide into one of the deeper ruts and he got stuck! He was very unlucky to be fair, but once he lost his forward momentum the Mighty DR was going nowhere as he couldn't get any traction on the damn gravel. A little push from both of us up the hill and all was good except for the fact that I was sweating buckets under my jacket and fleece. Luckily for me, I now knew the line not to take and gunned Special K up the other side of the track to the top. A good learning experience. Probably a good idea to walk through the obstacle before attempting to ride it! No damage and no injuries so all is still well with the world. The problematic hill. Doesn't look much but it was a bugger to get back up it! Some pics of the forest trails: And the great Western Australia bush: Can't wait to get back out there. Vids to follow once I get time to edit them and add appropriate tunes!