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Old 01-28-2013, 04:35 AM   #2956
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This could be a little keen b/4 work with the amount of rain we have had, and by yourself. That red clay is a pig when its wet, ask Siva..........

Gotta agree with you there, easy enough to get outa trouble even when there's a mob of ya,

mind, you shouldn't follow old yellow Yamahas either
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:01 AM   #2957
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Gotta agree with you there, easy enough to get outa trouble even when there's a mob of ya,

mind, you shouldn't follow old yellow Yamahas either
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Geez, those " old yamahas" can dig themselves in...everyone standing in the water is in less than an inch & the yammie is dug in up to the axle . Is it a throttle control thing or did Yamaha have shares in the Japanese Cold War submarine industry?
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Old 01-28-2013, 05:54 AM   #2958
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Geez, those " old yamahas" can dig themselves in...everyone standing in the water is in less than an inch & the yammie is dug in up to the axle . Is it a throttle control thing or did Yamaha have shares in the Japanese Cold War submarine industry?
Notice tinbum has a spread on his legs, there was a deep part!!!
Japanese submarines, hhhhmmmmm don't think they'll take off somehow???
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:20 AM   #2959
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thanks guys.

yeah rain. hmm

I left the bike alone for two days but now I need to go test the tyres again.. or something.... maybe somewhere else not quite so ....

ideas???
May be too late for suggestions now if you were after a morning ride, but ...

Sawyer's Gully Rd would probably be OK - then back down Mountain Creek?

It was drizzling on and off most of the night here - probably a fair bit of water lying around on most of the roads today ...
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Old 01-28-2013, 01:42 PM   #2960
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May be too late for suggestions now if you were after a morning ride, but ...

Sawyer's Gully Rd would probably be OK - then back down Mountain Creek?

It was drizzling on and off most of the night here - probably a fair bit of water lying around on most of the roads today ...
Thanks, mate... yep decided to stay in bed given it was still raining late last night.

But I'll take that route under advisement :)
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Old 01-28-2013, 06:16 PM   #2961
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Hi

can anyone recommend a route to Katoomba from Canberra that takes in a few nice dirt roads??

I usually drive the car via Taralga and Oberon, but would like to mix it up a bit on the BIKE.

:)
If you are in that area and haven't seen Yerranderie or Kanangra Walls they should definitely be on the list of spots to visit. I understand that the shortcut to Yerranderie through Limeburners Flat is currently closed by NPWS so Ridge Road has to be followed for longer than otherwise. I haven't been on the shortcut across from the west through the pine forest to the Kanangra Walls Road for a few years so can't say whether it's still open.

The road across from Welby to Wombeyan is very scenic, with a hand-picked tunnel – more interesting than straight up through Taralga. Nice pics of the route posted at page 187 on this site by Havafati.

If you turn off at Black Springs for the Beaconsfield-O'Connell Road then across to Gemalla, Tarana and Sodwalls there's not much dirt but you will find some of the best bike roads in the State. Past Lake Lyell you join the Great Western Highway near Lithgow at South Bowenfels.

For more dirt but further out of the way try the Crookwell, Tuena, Trunkey road, perhaps turning off after Trunkey to Rockley before going on to O'Connell and Sodwalls.

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Old 01-28-2013, 06:58 PM   #2962
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If you are in that area and haven't seen Yerranderie or Kanangra Walls they should definitely be on the list of spots to visit. I understand that the shortcut to Yerranderie through Limeburners Flat is currently closed by NPWS so Ridge Road has to be followed for longer than otherwise. I haven't been on the shortcut across from the west through the pine forest to the Kanangra Walls Road for a few years so can't say whether it's still open.

The road across from Welby to Wombeyan is very scenic, with a hand-picked tunnel – more interesting than straight up through Taralga. Nice pics of the route posted at page 187 on this site by Havafati.
thanks.

This sounds good... Mittagong / Welby through to Wombeyan to Yerranderie to Kanangra Walls to Jenolan Caves....

... and then.... is there a route that doesn't involve the Blue Mountains Highway of boredom?
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:31 PM   #2963
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thanks.

This sounds good... Mittagong / Welby through to Wombeyan to Yerranderie to Kanangra Walls to Jenolan Caves....

... and then.... is there a route that doesn't involve the Blue Mountains Highway of boredom?
Not to Katoomba by road. The escarpment country cuts off other options.

The Six Foot Track from Jenolan to Megalong isn't legal for bikes.

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Old 01-28-2013, 08:55 PM   #2964
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Not to Katoomba by road. The escarpment country cuts off other options.

The Six Foot Track from Jenolan to Megalong isn't legal for bikes.
Note also that Yerranderie is a side trip - i.e. can't continue on from Yerranderie to anywhere else - only one road in ...

Kanangra Walls might be the same I think ... ?

If Wombeyan Caves Rd is too long (it is a long road - albeit beautiful scenery) then there is also Swallowtail Pass up from the Goulburn area to Taralga ...
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Old 01-28-2013, 09:30 PM   #2965
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Note also that Yerranderie is a side trip - i.e. can't continue on from Yerranderie to anywhere else - only one road in ...

Kanangra Walls might be the same I think ... ?

If Wombeyan Caves Rd is too long (it is a long road - albeit beautiful scenery) then there is also Swallowtail Pass up from the Goulburn area to Taralga ...
Yes, the road out from Yerranderie on the eastern side of Lake Burragorang is only opened a couple of times a year for escorted tours.

And Kanangra Walls Road ends at the cliff.

Towrang Road off the Hume north of Goulburn or Brayton Road west of Marulan both lead to Swallowtail.
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Old 01-30-2013, 07:10 AM   #2966
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Anyone dare to give a bloke direction to a decent wheelwright in the local area?,
used to know a bloke back in seventies who was magic doing spoked wheels but last I heard 'Gollywog' was in Qld.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:37 PM   #2967
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Anyone dare to give a bloke direction to a decent wheelwright in the local area?,
used to know a bloke back in seventies who was magic doing spoked wheels but last I heard 'Gollywog' was in Qld.
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If its just assembly, I can do it, but if spokes need to be cut etc, probably best to get a real one. I have sources spokes and rims from JTR and it has always just needed to be put together. They seem to have patterns for everything.
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Old 01-30-2013, 01:47 PM   #2968
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There is a dirty way across, depending where you want to end up. From Hartley, head for Hartley Vale half way along the Mt Vic - Bell Rd. Bit shorter and mostly dirt. Head east from Bell and then to Mt Wilson and on up the hill to Bilpin. From Bilpin, take the Mountain Lagoon Road through to Colo Hts or Colo. This way gets you around Sydney when heading north if you go on via Wheelbarrow track to Wisemans etc
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:36 PM   #2969
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There is a dirty way across, depending where you want to end up. From Hartley, head for Hartley Vale half way along the Mt Vic - Bell Rd. Bit shorter and mostly dirt. Head east from Bell and then to Mt Wilson and on up the hill to Bilpin. From Bilpin, take the Mountain Lagoon Road through to Colo Hts or Colo. This way gets you around Sydney when heading north if you go on via Wheelbarrow track to Wisemans etc

Might try this one going up to 'Karuah', will be on 'White Beast', trying to find a compromise route to slabbing on tar but backroad tar OK
Yep, need someone who can cut spokes, want to graft a 17" rim onto a front [19"] hub, future project bike idea
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Old 01-30-2013, 04:02 PM   #2970
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Note also that Yerranderie is a side trip - i.e. can't continue on from Yerranderie to anywhere else - only one road in ...

Kanangra Walls might be the same I think ... ?

If Wombeyan Caves Rd is too long (it is a long road - albeit beautiful scenery) then there is also Swallowtail Pass up from the Goulburn area to Taralga ...
Okay boys and, hey wait a minute.... ;)

I've decided to go with this route this time.... time constraints, but will probably still take me 5 hours or so.

https://maps.google.com.au/maps?sadd...&lci=bike&z=13

only just saw Bergdonk's post.... I'm heading for Katoomba so even though that route looks fun and interesting and something I want to do, not in the direction I'm going..... I was hoping for something more linking Blackheath to the area immediately west of it, but then I guess I'm not riding a mountain goat :)

I'm also assuming you can get petrol in Berrima...???? If not, I'll fill up in Marulan.

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