The Road to Rylstone, NSW, OZ

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by DustyWheels, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. DustyWheels

    DustyWheels Nomadic motorcyle traveller

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    DAY 1
    The plan was to ride with Bob (AstroBob) via Blackfellows hand trail and the Bridle track enroute to Rylstone for a V strom Xmas gathering.
    But Friday morning saw us greeted with heavy skies and by the time I arrived @ Jerry’s Kitchen (Kulnura) to meet Bob, it was drizzling bordering on rain.

    Couple of soggy stroms @ Jerry’s
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    After a coffee and a chat we made our way to Wisemans Ferry by way of St Albans

    on the way to St Albans
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    At least there was no Dust
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    Next was Bicentenary Rd and Wheelbarrow Ridge Firetrail
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    A quick coffee @ Upper Colo and a chance to book some accommodation for the night as neither of us had any mobile service, and then it was on to Comleroy Rd and Mountain Lagoon Rd
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    Which had us on the Bells line in no time, where we slabbed it to ZigZag Railway Car Park, Clarence in light rain and heavy Fog, @ 3.30 in the afternoon :eek1
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    The decision was made that big bikes in the slop wouldn’t be a whole lot of fun at this late stage of the day, so BFH was left for another day, and we slabbed it to Capertee for the night with a quick stop at Pearsons lookout just out of town (Capertee)

    View of the Capertee valley from Pearsons lookout
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    On arrival @ Capertee the bikes were fuelled, lodgings sorted and we settled in for the night. Can highly recommend the wood fired pizza at the Royal Hotel, but the beds are another matter.
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  2. DustyWheels

    DustyWheels Nomadic motorcyle traveller

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    DAY 2

    Saturday dawned with clear skies, so after breakfast at the café ( highly recommended) we were on our way to have a crack at the Bridle track
    Packed and ready to go
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    Just out of Capertee we take Upper Turon Rd to Sofala following the Turon River which is to be our travelling companion along the way.

    Upper Turon Rd
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    Some great riding for sure
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    But care is needed as it’s a fair way down (as usual the pic doesnt do it justice)[​IMG]

    The views aren’t bad either (not much of a stitch job, but you get the idea)
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    Here comes Bob
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    Bob again
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    Shut the gate Bob :D [​IMG]

    Bob crossing the Turon
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    and again just before the turn off to Sofala, probably the deepest and widest crossing of the weekend.
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    On arrival at Sofala it was time for a rest
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    And to check out the historic town
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    After Sofala it was a tar run to Turondale, last time I was up this way it was mostly gravel, but the tar has made it a hoot to ride :thumbup:

    Next was Box Ridge Rd
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    One of the many gates we encountered during the day, but the views are worth it
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    Bob hoping that goat track is not where we’re headed :eek1
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    Finally we arrive at Bruinbun and the start of the Bridle track
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    A rock slide at Monaghans Bluff has seen the track closed to 4wds, but there loss is our gain as it means there’s less chance of oncoming traffic, for passing opportunities are limited to say the least.
    Bob getting past the remnants of the rock
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    Looking down (490mtr) to the Turon
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    Wild goats, no doubt related to the ones we'd to encounter later on.
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    Homage was paid to Andy Caldecott @ Root Hog Crossing
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    Bob on the way up to Hawkins Hill
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    The view from Hawkins Hill - South
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    Northeast
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    And the last of the Bridle track in to Hill End
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    A new sign since my last visit, but none the less we had made it
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    Could hardly ride past the pub after such a fine effort
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    Besides it was dusty out there and something was needed to settle the dust
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    As much as we enjoyed our cooling ale, time was marching on, so we pulled up stumps and headed for Rylstone.
    It had been suggested to me to take Dougherty’s Junction Rd and Aarons Pass Rd and I’m glad we did as I’m sure they were both built with big adventure bikes in mind.(think fast open tar twisties, without the tar):clap

    Dougherty’s Jctn Rd
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    Looking south from Aarons Pass Rd
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    Aarons Pass Rd
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    We followed the Castlereagh Hwy and another great bike road, Cudgegong Rd, past Lake Windamere to Rylstone.

    On arrival to town we checked into the Globe Hotel and made our way to meet up with the rest of the crew. We all enjoyed our meal at the Globe, drank some fine ales and reds too I believe, bench raced a little ( some more than others), we then made our way to the Rylstone Hotel, which had a band on, with the music and locals providing plenty of entertainment value. But weary old travellers don’t have the staying power they once had, so it wasn’t long before we all drifted off to rest the bones.
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  3. DustyWheels

    DustyWheels Nomadic motorcyle traveller

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    Day 3
    Sunday didn’t start so well with the publican deciding to take the keys to the bike lockup home with him, needless to say it was almost 11 am before we finally left town. But lesson learnt and I‘ll bring my own lock next time.

    a motley crew [​IMG]

    After saying our goodbyes etc we headed towards Bylong on Bylong Valley Way, turning off BVW on to Lee Ck Rd, which was suggested by a fellow adventurer. And proved to be a great alternative to the black top of BVW.
    We rejoined the BFW just past Bylong and followed it through Bylong Valley to Sandy Hollow.
    I normally take the alternate route from Yarrawa to Jerry’s Plains, but the weekend was starting to take its toll, that and our late departure, so it was decided just to slab it back to Jerry’s.

    The start of Lee Ck Rd
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    Lee Ck Rd heading into the Bylong Valley
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    Bob Crossing Lee Ck
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    At Jerry’s we said our goodbyes over a coffee and hightailed it to our respective homes after a top couple of days.
    We’d experienced a bit of everything from soaking ran and fog to glorious sunshine and winds, not to mention the rocks, the sand and mud, river crossings, livestock and wildlife and some magic country back roads.

    Thanks Bob for your company and helping to make it a top weekend.

    stuffed if I can load the map :baldy

    Rylstone weekend - trip - Everytrail

    Covered just over 970 k’s as I rolled up the driveway and loved every minute of it.
    Although my better half reckoned I looked like shit. :arg

    Now to start planning the next one
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  4. holmesie

    holmesie I like stuff...

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    Excellent ride - I was out Sofala/Hill End way last Sunday for a quick day trip, cold beer and an excellent lunch at the Hill End pub :clap
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  5. philth

    philth www.motorbikin.com.au

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    good stuff
    country looks green!
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  6. DustyWheels

    DustyWheels Nomadic motorcyle traveller

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    last time I rode the Bridle was about three years ago, and what grass there was was the same colour as the track :huh
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  7. vagueout

    vagueout Long timer

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    Damn fine ride, country won't look this good for many years i would reckon.:*sip*
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  8. Silky

    Silky Awaiting Baby...

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    Nice! Can't wait to get out there.
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  9. Megathumper

    Megathumper +

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    Great trip & report, will make a great weekend ride to do from Sydney, thanks for posting it up :clap
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  10. gongnomore

    gongnomore Tetley

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    How did you go with the big river crossing on the Bridle Track, last time I went through in a 4 dub a couple of years ago it was a bit rough and I wouldn't like to do it on a bike.
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  11. DustyWheels

    DustyWheels Nomadic motorcyle traveller

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    not 100% sure which crossing your refering too :norton , maybe Root Hog Crossing ? if so we didnt cross the river there, just as well as it was mighty deep :eek1
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  12. Doctor

    Doctor Banned

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    Cool ride report :thumb did you have a gps with you ?
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  13. DustyWheels

    DustyWheels Nomadic motorcyle traveller

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    Hell yeah, We'd still be out there otherwise :lol3
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