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Sunday, October 26, 2008

The search for something more



Sometimes I can't get enough rainforest. The "recovery ride" in Austinville was always going to provide plenty of that this morning, but today I was looking for a twist. Some time ago I ventured here with Martin on a freezing morning and explored some side tracks in the state forest. Those few that turned up had ridiculously steep (read: unrideable) gradients, but there was one striking out to the east that appeared to be relatively sane. It was this that I decided to explore today.



The "more rideable" gradient lasted for about 300 metres, until another vertical kick straight up the side of the ridge. This time I hid my bike in the bush (not that anyone was going to find it anyway) and decided to walk to see how far it would go. The track simply continued to climb relentlessly, but I was determined to get some idea of it. Along the way I passed all manner of interesting things, including exotic wildflowers and oddly-shaped trees.





Someone had left a cap attached to a tree at one point on the climb, I can only assume that means that people occasionally venture out this way. The views were slowly opening up, if somewhat obscured by the thick vegetation. Eventually the "summit" of that ridge was reached. The track too a sharp turn to the left and descended in much the same way it had climbed. I decided enough was enough at this point, and it was time to head back. I will, however, return with a cut lunch one day, and find out just where this one leads. It could be the start of a whole new adventure.

2 Comments:

Blogger Paul said...

awesome blog ~ makes miss home so very much, I grew up in Kyogle and so most of my rides are from the 'other' side of the wollumbin caldera

you capture the magic of this area very well, so green and lush isn'it it !

I know where I'm gonna settle when the time comes ~

~paul

7:04 pm  
Blogger Chris L said...

Hi Paul,

Glad you like the pics. Yes, it is a beautiful area. I've been to Kyogle a few times, and there some truly wonderful places to ride around there (and I'm always open to new suggestions!).

8:18 pm  

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