Hunter Valley 140 km

Hunter Valley 140 km

Postby humanbeing » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:00 pm

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My better half had work in the Hunter Valley from very early Saturday morning. This presented an ideal opportunity to get in a ride outside of Sydney.
I did some research on routes in the area on this site and others and opinions ranged from - "Don't do it! You will die!" to "Go for it!"
Anyway I survived and it was a great experience!
I expected the worst from the roads but it wasn't that bad, even the parts of dirt road, although a special mention must go to Broke Rd which runs through Pokolbin which is the busiest area for wineries and is probably the worst sealed road I've ever ridden - the patches had patches. There was a decent shoulder on a majority of busy roads and the rest of the roads were pretty quiet.
The stretch from Cessnock to Broke via Mt View was fantastic even though half the roads were unsealed. The only disappointment was the mist during the ride through Wollombi which restricted the view somewhat.
Motorists were friendly and I recommend the bacon and egg roll from the servo in Broke.
Cheers,
Peter.
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Re: Hunter Valley 140 km

Postby Rockford » Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:43 pm

LOL Broke Rd, utter disgrace as a road. As you head towards Broke itself the road all of a sudden gets a lot better, not sure if is true or not but one of the locals said it was when you crossed the border of one council area into another. You'd think it would be the other way around with all the tourists around the place and wanting to present the best possible roads.

Looks like you had a great ride.
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Re: Hunter Valley 140 km

Postby humanbeing » Sun Aug 14, 2011 7:51 pm

Broke Rd was something :D I thought my fillings were going to fall out.
I think you're right about the council boundaries. Approaching Broke Rd from the north a sign pointed out where I crossed the boundary between Singleton and Cessnock municipalities. The road conditions did deteriate past the boundary. There were signs for a facebook group "bad cessnock roads"
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