Monday, May 05, 2008
Wisemans Ferry and Bucketty to Wollombi.
The rides here north of Sydney are no doubt well known and popular for Sydney based riders who would have a lot more information on them, however I come from Brisbane so I will be speaking from a tourist point of view.
Between Sydney and Cessnock there is a enjoyable route via Bucketty and Woolombi.
From Windsor I rode off as if going to Putty then turned right to Wisemans ferry. The road reminded me of rides out of Brisbane northern suburbs at first with very similar feel. I rode via Sackville then on to the Hawksbury river to the Wisemans ferry crossing. Some excellent curves along the way and I imagine it would be very scenic on a fine day however a some fog and haze spoiled the views on the morning I was there.
After the river I mistakingly explored St Albans village and back to the river just to enjoy the scenic valley but there is some gravel road before continuing north.
The road surface was a bit bumpy in parts and I have a high tolerance to uneven aussie roads so be aware that might be excessive for some sports bike riders.
Once back on the main route north you will be on smooth fast roads with some excellent corners. This road seems very popular and I stopped at a popular motorbike servo for a rest and coffee break and watched dozens of groups of riders come and go. Dropping down from the hills the temperature warms up towards Woolombi and the road changes to a series of interesting sweepers through the countryside which any rider any bike will find very enjoyable, an excellent section of road both in its surveying and rural scenery.
Seems nearly all the bikes I saw stopped there and then perhaps return via the same or possibly swing over and back down the Putty road.
I don't have more info for here as I never bothered to return to the area as for me far better riding lies to the west like the Bylong valley way and Tableland way that allows me to bypass Sydney completely.