I enjoyed the ride, excellent touring terrain.
Some ruts from water and use degradation, one section was a tad uncomfortable due to dents in the hardish track from shoed horse hoofs, about 3-5 kilometer I estimate. I didn't have any shock forks or tyres that could really reduce jolting. Andrew looked more comfortable on the rougher parts but I suspect I rolled better on the smoother parts, particularly the short Eadine road section. I also thought the variation to a more single track, rougher and closed in by fauna section close to Northam a welcome change. This is where punctures are likely to occur, first from the thorns particularly if you venture onto the grass sides or smashed glass from the yokals. Also large puddles and a tiny flowing creek to cross at Clackline, managed to soak one foot that was 6 o'clock.
The weather was mild overcast, sun a little later in the morning through to the afternoon, low UV and only a short shower at the very beginning to a cooler windy condition approaching dark. Ideal for me.
I managed to drink 2.5L approximately over the entire ride from my water bottle, filling up at the Pie Shop. I had a tiny bit of soreness in the crotch and a mild strain in the upper anterior knee. Both of these minor complaint I put down to an isolated long ride. My bike was a pleasure to ride, the fit is marvelous and it managed the track fine. Final reading on my Astrale8 154.40km.
I'm looking forward to riding KEP again. I may devise an alternative tour to Toodyay or York following different tracks. Seems to be quite a bit of potential for touring semi offroad/onroad.
Well done to both of you! Just a few kms off your Imperial Century!
I have no overseas travel plans until late Jan 2009 so I'd be interested if you were doing this 1 day trip again. (Time to get my MTB dirty! )
FYI I have updated my blog and included a Bikely.com link and a Google Earth kml file for those interested.
Bugger. I read this thread when you first started it but didn't re-visit it till today. I remember thinking at the time that it would've been a good solid one day ride.
Perhaps next time
A bit of news at ABC News, and some social comment :
For me this bit of news gives pause and thought to staying in Toodyay, a not so thriving metropolis. I did notice that Northam "CBD" and surrounds are a little rough, socially. Remember the boglaps? Also an intoxicated youth at the local park, which I suspect is the same park in the news story. I'm still keen on an overnighter, loaded adventure.
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