The 3 amigos and I packed our bikes (2 postie bike rides and 2 push bike riders) and following dirt roads headed towards Bonang as our first stop. A beautiful warm spring day the sun was shining and it was a great feeling to be on holidays and pedaling away on an unknown adventure. After 4 hours of pedaling, the two bikies hadn’t caught up to us and we were starting to think our initial communication had faltered.Turns out they left much later than us due to some mechanical issues, so we decided to ride back to try and find them.
A few k’s back we found them as they had came to a halt at “Garnett’s Track” a seriously steep and rutted out track that the postie bikes couldn’t get up, so the guys had to unload all of the gear walk it up the hill making numerous trips and then push the bikes up. Looking at their exhausted faces we were worried we had bitten off more than we could chew and would be heading home! Word of advice for postie bike adventurers- if someone tells you to put a smaller cog on to get up seriously steep hills-do it! And if you have heated handgrips at home-put them on, and make sure your pannier bags are waterproof, oh and perhaps go for a test ride on them loaded to see what will break/fall off before actually taking it on a real life adventure! And my apologies to Phil for the largest and heaviest book ever written – “Shantaram” and making you carry it up those hills!
The descent off Garnett’s track was pretty steep and loose and the posties had a couple of stacks but no major damage was done, just a broken basket off the front of ‘Mobi’ (Phil’s bike) which was probably a good thing for Mobi’s ego that he didn’t have a basket on him!!
It got to 5pm we weren’t sure how far we had to go until Bonang, the posties went forward to see if we were close but 20k up a hill turned around and came back down the Yalmy to setup camp. Suddenly the skies opened up with a hail storm, thunder and lightning as we huddled under a tarp. Setup the tent, ate as much of the heavy food as we could and went to sleep with heavy rain falling.
Day Two saw a big climb up to 1100m. The first day we rode 90km and covered elevation from about 20m to 450m. Day Two we rode 50km and it took about 4.5 hours, we went from 450m to 1100m then down to 650m in the town of Bonang. At the 1100m mark it started hailing on us, then sleeting and then snowing, it was freezing as everything was still wet from the night before, but the scenery was beautiful. We were super stoked to ride into Bonang where our friend has a beautiful house where we could thore out in front of a fire and cook up some delicious food! We watched a dvd and relaxed.
We woke up the next day and looked out the window it was sensational! Snow everywhere and we were only at 650m!! If I was staying inside that house all day it would have been marvelous but unfortunately we had to ride in it! We weighed up our options, our gear was still wet, we were at 650m elevation and it was covered in snow, our plans were to get to mt kozi – at over 2000m elevation, we just didn’t have the gear needed to be riding in the snow! We decided the safest option would be to head back down where it wouldn’t be snowing and enjoyed a ride through Errinundra National Park down back to Marlo in constant rain and hail making it for an uncomfortable ride, but very scenic! Will head back up in warmer weather to explore the trails further up to Kozi!!