Saturday, 1oth September
Grade – Easy to Medium, a few hills
Starts at – Dungog Show Ground
Time – 2.00 pm
Refreshments – Scones, Jam & Cream (served in the morning)
We pedal off in a Northerly direction out of Dungog over the railway and Williams River (be careful crossing the plank bridge!).
Just over the bridge we turn right toward Alison. This section has good views across the Williams River to Dungog. A couple of kilometres further on we turn left toward Marshdale. Look out for the signs! Follow this quiet winding country lane until you reach the right hand turn to Alison. Turn right at this junction and swoop down over the little bridge pass the rustic Thalaba Church on the left. As the Church Hall was damaged by ‘The Storm’ you must now cycle on to the Flat Tops Fire Shed. So continue up the road to the T-junction where you will turn left to proceed around a couple of bends to find the Fire Shed on your right. This road can be rough due to cow damage so take care.
When you reach the Fire Shed dismount and partake of the refreshments which include (what a surprise!) scones, jam and cream.
Suitably re-invigorated, return to road and turn left back the way you came. Stay on this road, so when you come to the junction where you entered from Thalaba Church go straight on up the hill towards Dungog. Climb up over the hill and cruise carefully on down the other side (steep downhill! sharp bends! gravel on road! be careful!). Go straight ahead past Coolalie, straight ahead at the road junction (you’ve been here before!) and on toward Dungog. After a few kilometres, when you reach the the T-Junction turn left (giving way to traffic of course…) over the Dungog bridge (pick-a-plank bridge be careful) and cycle back into the show ground for dinner (BBQ free with entry) or for an extra $10 join the Bingleburra Challenge riders for a delicious CARB dinner and entertainment.
NOTE: Riders under 14yrs of age MUST be accompanied by a cycling adult on all rides.