Ride 1: Wilpena – Bunyeroo Gorge loop
Ride 2: Brachina Gorge – Gum Creek Station
Mawson Trail to Bunyeroo – Oli on new Specialized Camber 29'ER
Loading Anthony's ute for the drive to trail head at Brachina Gorge
Oli & Drew – time to go
Ridgetop trail north of Brachina Gorge
Wilpena base camp
August 14, 2014
Headed north once again to the Flinders Ranges for a winter mountain bike ride with a couple buddies.
Winter might not seem like a great time to be camping but for riding it's amazing especially in this part of the world. The Flinders is well regarded for visiting in spring time with the wild flowers and typically clear skies but gets very hot pretty quickly as summer approaches heading into the high 40's.
There's nothing better for a long and challenging ride than cool weather. Creeks weren't quite flowing but the ground a little slippery in parts. A good tent and improvised shelter for a base camp works a treat.
We did two rides both on sections of the Mawson Trail. Ride 1 on the Friday was a return trip from camp at Wilpena Pound up the Aroona Valley to Bunyeroo Gorge – around 38km. The return leg is pretty much all up hill and certainly a slower ride back to camp.
Ride 2 kicked off from the Trezona Campground in Brachina Gorge and wound north along ridge tops before turning East and finishing at Gum Creek Station on the Blinman Road – around 25km one way.
A beautiful part of South Australia.
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