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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Global Reports => Topic started by: Jaqhama on June 05, 2007, 01:16:54 pm

Title: Rock Hopping in the Blue Mountains. June 2007.
Post by: Jaqhama on June 05, 2007, 01:16:54 pm
As Captain Slow was taking his KLR to great heights in the Bavians, Shalako-Lin and I were taking our bikes along a torturous trail in the middle of the Blue Mountains.
On the way we stopped and checked out some Roman ruins.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030607.jpg)
Then it was up to Falconbridge and the beginning of a tough fire trail that leads towards the junction of two rivers further north.
Few people use this trail anymore, it's impassable to all but the very keen 4x4 drivers, we appeared to be the only two people to transverse it for many months. Apart from a girl on a mountain bike we passed there were no other tire tracks in the mud/sand/gravel apart from our own.
You will notice that Lin is on the DT 175 and I am on her new Sherpa...that's because the Sherpa is still shod with road tires. Riding the Sherpa thru some of the sandy and muddy parts of the track was exciting.
I thought Lin had enough to worry about without massive traction loss.
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Lin was quite confident to begin with, but then the track got a little tougher.
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Lin wasn't too sure about this. It's the first time I have taken her on really rugged and rough terrain.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-6.jpg)
But she's a tough chick. She had a few doubtful moments, but (with heart in mouth) she took a deep breath and rode over some real gnarly obstacles.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-9.jpg)
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She rode thru soft sand, mud, slippery gravel and some real big rock formations...and came thru with flying colors.
This is a pic from the end of the track.
WD's note the bandana.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-7.jpg)
Testing the new Sherpa's rock hopping ability.
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On the way back Jaq found something a little trickier to negotiate.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-10.jpg)
Jaq testing the DT 175's suspension capability.
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We had a great time. Lin now knows she can ride along and over stuff she would never have dreamt of a few short months ago.
I'll post some more pics of this weekends adventure later in the week.

Cheers: Jaq and Lin.
Title: Rock Hopping in the Blue Mountains. June 2007.
Post by: Trailrider on June 05, 2007, 01:29:45 pm
Nice ride!  :D

I'd love to ride those trails one day. Maybe Aus should feature in our long term planning...
Title: Rock Hopping in the Blue Mountains. June 2007.
Post by: Clockwork Orange on June 05, 2007, 01:54:35 pm
Looks like a place that needs to be ridden :twisted:  Nice pic's Jaq
Title: Rock Hopping in the Blue Mountains. June 2007.
Post by: LuckyStriker on June 05, 2007, 02:35:13 pm
Fantastic road
would've loved to ride it also

thanks Jaq 8)
Title: Rock Hopping in the Blue Mountains. June 2007.
Post by: Red on June 05, 2007, 03:05:55 pm
Respect Lin.  Some awsome riding there.
Title: Rock Hopping in the Blue Mountains. June 2007.
Post by: GIDEON on June 05, 2007, 03:26:30 pm
NICE very nice
Title: Rock Hopping in the Blue Mountains. June 2007.
Post by: SMD on June 05, 2007, 05:09:25 pm
Now thats the kind of trail I like to ride
Title: Rock Hopping in the Blue Mountains. June 2007.
Post by: shark_za on June 05, 2007, 05:45:50 pm
The Romans made it to Oz did they?   Eh?
Title: Rock Hopping in the Blue Mountains. June 2007.
Post by: Jaqhama on June 05, 2007, 08:17:23 pm
Quote from: "shark_za"
The Romans made it to Oz did they?   Eh?


I posted that pic on two other forums.
Wondered who would be the first to comment.
No one in Oz has said anything yet. :lol:
Title: Rock Hopping in the Blue Mountains. June 2007.
Post by: Jaqhama on June 06, 2007, 06:07:19 pm
Some more pics from the weekend...

Lin on the DT 175. Slow on road, but a great bike in the dirt.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-14.jpg)

That weird structure again.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-12.jpg)

Couple of guys we met having fun.
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This pic taken looking towards the prohibited water catchment area. Where Sydney gets it's water supply from.
I've been a lot closer than this myself. :D
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-15.jpg)

A survivor of last years bushfires, the tree is still alive.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-16.jpg)

Some precsion riding required.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-23.jpg)

Lin, glad to be at the end of the track.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-24.jpg)

Until we had to go back. :D
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-35.jpg)
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The places I take the poor girl.
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But she was triumphant at the end.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-40.jpg)

I found ways to amuse myself on the way back.
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-46.jpg)

How steep?
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When we got back to our friends house where we had stayed the night I took his young daughter for a ride around the garden. She is fearless.
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I deserved a rest!
(http://i115.photobucket.com/albums/n305/Jaqhama/Rock%20Hopping/TrailBikingintheBlueMountains030-49.jpg)