Munda Biddi. A ride through the great Australian bush. Pt.1: Perth to Carinyah Campsite

Pt 1: Perth to Carinyah Campsite

Perth, Western Australia. It’s late autumn but the weather is still very agreeable. Cold but not freezing, and the air is crisp and pleasantly dry.

Days are still sunny with skies so stunningly blue and the UV factor so high, I can’t help thinking of Bono singing that old Cole Porter song – I’ve got you under my skin.

Melanoma is a very real threat out here. Continue reading

Munda Biddi. A ride through the Great Australian bush. Pt 3. Wungong to Dandalup camp.

Pt 3. Wungong to Dandalup camp.

We’re going to town today – the historic town of Jarrahdale, a designated resupply stop for most riders on the Munda Biddi.

But not for us. Sandy and I are still well-stocked with food. It’s only been 2 nights on the trail, after all.

From Wungong, it’s a short 14km ride to the town, 12 of which is on the sealed Jarrahdale Road that cuts across the Munda Biddi.

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Taking a photo of the photographer

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Munda Biddi. A ride through the Great Australian Bush. Pt 4. Dandalup to Nanga Mill Camp

Pt 4. Dandalup to Nanga Mill Camp

It rained throughout night, driving the temperature down even lower. But we were snug inside our warm sleeping bags, and the patter of rain on the metal roof only helped to lull us into easy sleep.

We woke up this morning to a dazzling, full-arched rainbow right in front of us. What a sight to behold. The light morning drizzle must have had something to do with that. Continue reading

Munda Biddi. A ride through the Great Australian Bush. Pt 5. Nanga Mill to Lake Brockman

Pt 5. Nanga Brook to Lake Brockman

Camping under pine trees instead of a Munda Biddi campsite bunk makes for a nice change. It was quite cold though — about 7Cº. My 5Cº-rated sleeping bag just barely kept the cold at bay.

The next Munda Biddi campsite is Yarri but it’s at least a 2-day easy ride to get there and since the trail skirts Lake Brockman on its way south, Lake Brockman Tourist Park seems to be choice of accommodation for the night instead. The only down-side is that it’s a paid campsite. Continue reading

Munda Biddi. A ride through the Great Australian Bush. Pt 6. Lake Brockman to Yarri campsite

Pt 6. Lake Brockman to Yarri campsite

It’s getting colder as we move further down south but the late autumn days are still sunny and bright with glorious blue skies.

Today we’re heading to the Yarri campsite, not far from Stirling Dam. Sandy, as usual, takes his leave while I’m still tucking in my breakfast. Continue reading

Munda Biddi. A ride through the Great Australian Bush. Pt 7. Yarri to Bunbury

Pt 7. Yarri to Bunbury and end of Munda Biddi ride.

Today, I’m leaving the Munda Biddi and heading for Bunbury to meet up with Alvin who’s driving down from Perth to meet me.

My Munda Biddi adventure is officially done but it looks like I could still be riding a bit of the trail again tomorrow. Al and I have planned a car-camping overniter at Honeymoon Pool campsite, which is near the Munda Biddi trail. Continue reading

Munda Biddi. A ride through the Great Australian Bush. Pt 8. Camping at Honeymoon Pool

Pt 8. Camping at Honeymoon Pool

After a week of ‘roughing’ it out at Munda Biddi campsites, the luxury of sleeping in a heated room is nice for a change. I could get used to this too.

But, here we are, going back into the bush again for another adventure. Continue reading