Thursday, November 23, 2006

Great motorcycle roads # 24 (repost)


View from Bald Knob Road



Bald Knob Rd and Peachester. (repost)

Blogger didnt like this post last time - lets try again

I spoke about the road near Peachester previously but have now split it from that post where it was a bit confusing and added the scenic Bald Knob Rd to make a new post.

Just east of the township of Peachester is a superb twisty section of road popular with riders. Its quite intense and smooth nice hotmix - but also a busy section of rd so you may need to time your ride to get some kind of run over it.


Road near Peachester

Just west of the township of Peachester is a road called Bald Knob Rd that runs over to the Landsborough - Maleny Rd and is a very scenic rd and also mostly nice corners and a reasonable surface.

Bald Knob Road

How you ride these is up to you, one option might be if you have ridden north to Maleny then go towards Landsborough and turn right onto Bald Knob Rd and then simply ride through Peachester and over the twisty bit and turn around and ride back then then continue back south towards Woodford.

Another option is from Maleny ride on to Mapelton and down the Dulong rd decent described in my great bike roads #11 post - back up Palmwoods-Montville rd and back to the junction near Maleny and then follow the above.

Of course you could ride to Mapelton via Kenilworth as well - thats the longer but best option.

Twisty rating: 3.
Surface quality: A.

Click to enlarge

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Great motorcycle roads # 25



Obi Obi
Thats Kenilworth to Mapelton not some Star Wars character.

There is a great ride to be had over the Obi Obi Rd that runs between Mapelton and Kenilworth. Basically at this stage you really are best to only ride it in the other direction - Maleny to Kenilworth and on up to Mapelton as a large part of the downhill section of Obi Obi rd is gravel - the road is split into two one lane roads up and down and the climb is fresh tar and good fun with lots of narrow and tight turns. It may be sealed both ways one day so keep and ear open to that or you can ride the gravel easy enough as its not loose enough to bother anyone.


Down in the valley the road is in good order and has been widened and resurfaced in many places from when I last travelled over it turning it into quite a quick ride now.

Great bike roads # 24



Bald Knob Rd and Peachester.


Just east of the township of Peachester is a superb twisty section of road popular with riders. Its quite intense and smooth nice hotmix - but also a busy section of rd so you may need to time your ride to get some kind of run over it.

Above - Peachester.

Just west of the township of Peachester is a road called Bald Knob Rd that runs over to the Landsborough - Maleny Rd and is a very scenic rd and also mostly nice corners and a reasonable surface.

Above (and title picture) - Bald Knob Rd.

How you ride these is up to you, one option might be if you have ridden north to Maleny then go towards Landsborough and turn right onto Bald Knob Rd and then simply ride through Peachester and over the twisty bit and turn around and ride back then then continue back south towards Woodford.

Another option is from Maleny ride on to Mapelton and down the Dulong rd decent described in my great bike roads #11 post - back up Palmwoods-Montville rd and back to the junction near Maleny and then follow the above.

Of course you could ride to Mapelton via Kenilworth as well - thats the longer but best option.


The panorama from Bald Knob Rd - click to enlarge.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Suggested Rides #1 - Gold Coast Hinterland.




Suggested rides #1 Gold Coast Hinterland.
I will start by suggesting a few rides in a area I like alot.
I ride south straight down the M1, its boring but gets you right to where you want to be in around 45 minutes - you can ride the backways to get there but I prefer to simply go straight and use the ride south on M1 to clear the head. Whatever you do dont be tempted to open it up on the M1, save that urge for another place and preserve your licence as there is allways police 24/7.

I like to refuel and rest/meet other riders at the Caltex at Mudgeeraba, right hand side of h-way going south in the township. Its popular with many riders for the same reasons as is the Shell at Robina on the left hand side that is on the same motorway exit to Robina.

Use my individual "great bike roads" posts to find out more about each road I mention.

Suggestions are:

Go up Springbrook Mt, then down to the valley via Pine crk rd then along Nerang Muwillumbah Rd (Hinze raceway) to the bottom of Beechmont Mt and ride up that and over to Canungra where you could stop at the cafe before riding home. Go back to Brisbane via Nerang and M1 or go up and over Mt Tamborine or return via the west through Beenleigh then M1.

Variations on this are ride up to Binna Burra (breakfasts are now back on) and then return and perhaps ride any of those parts in reverse or add on a ride to Natural Arch and return. You can't go too wrong so try a few combos yourself.

To make it a slightly longer ride then I suggest riding into a bit of the Tweed valley.

Go further south on the Pacific highway and turn off for Currumbin valley. Go over the range to almost Muwillumbah and then turn right to Numinbah valley. Follow this back to Chillingham cafe, or Natural Bridge cafe or the Numinbah cafe for a coffee depending on your timing.

Now some ideas for you are as follows: you can go either up Springbrook and into Mudgeeraba and get fuel and go home or you can continue along Hinze raceway (Nerang-Murwillumbah Rd) and ride up Beechmont Mt and down to Canungra for fuel and then home via Tamborine Village and Beenleigh or from Canungra ride back over Beaudesert-Nerang Rd and go up Tamborine via Henry Roberts Drive and over Mt Tamborine and down to Oxenford and home on M1 from Coomera or you continue along Nerang - Beaudesert rd to Clagiraba Rd and along it to return to northern end of Nerang Murwillumbah Rd where you can turn left to Nerang and home or turn right to ride back over the Hinze raceway and up and over Springbrook to get you back to Mudgeeraba and then rest and home on M1.

These are just a few ideas - you can ride all these roads in reverse order or mix your own combination either way.

I will post longer rides in this area elsewhere.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Great minds think alike ... :-)

It was raining heavy yesterday and last night but I woke early with the thourght that it would clear, then this morning it looked bad with little visibility but closer inspection showed just heavy fog blanketing the city and I just knew it would burn off and clear into a nice day.

So I got ready and decided to head down south the my favourite border ranges area and take a few photos if the air was clear after the rain. I get to the Gold Coast area and what do you know my mate has had the same idea and is allready riding north from Ballina area.

Well it would have been a bit hit and miss with both of us on the road to meet as you cannot hear a phone on a bike but as luck would have it we must have been meant to get a ride happening as we both were stopped and got each others messages at same time before riding off too far.

Had a top ride over Currumbin to Murwillumbah to meet up then up to Tyalgum, back to Uki via Chillingham and then we decided to go over Burrinbah via Stokers siding and on to Clunes via Mullumbimby and Federal. Late lunch and then back up h-way to make up some time and another run over Burrinbah and back over Currumbin - what a great day.

(click the photos to enlarge)

The air was so clear on Currumbin range you could see very far (above/below). Hard to keep eye on the road at times.


Started to loose the clear air allready by late morning but still able to get a better photo than normal of rim near Tyalgum.

Bit further south - this spot just above Byron Bay and the ride to there and on roads nearby is in my great bike roads list.



Wow what a show at the end of a GREAT days riding!