Friday, January 04, 2008
The Gwydir highway. NSW.
This is one of those roads I always seem to skip. Not cause it isnt a great ride but simply because it is competing with so many other good roads in the same area.
From Grafton you are always going to be tempted to ride towards Nymboida. The road to Armidale via Ebor is one of the most enjoyable rides that leads on to Waterfall way. However if you want something different and excellent in its own way then ride up the Gilbralta range to Glen Innes via the Gwydir.
Leaving Grafton you are on a flowing road that is easy riding. From Jackadgery you follow the river to the base of the range in a very scenic valley. Now you will climb all the way to the tablelands high country on what is a truly excellent piece of road. Smooth and and tight in places yet well surveyed corners and quite a predictable road, you will really enjoy this on any bike I think. There are a couple of rest points and the views get better and better as you climb.
Up the top you will then ride in a dense tall tree forest and here is the most fantastic views at a place called Raspberry lookout. Its just a short way off the road - however note the access road is not sealed all the way.
Now continue on and the road opens up and you will see the vegetation totally change as you enter the high plains. Soon you will come to the historical town of Glen Elpin and then after this it mostly fast straight road to Glen Innes with a few curves here and there.