I’m planning a bike-packing trip to the Munda Biddi trail in WA, and I want to make sure that I invite along anyone who thinks they might possibly attempt this sort of trip one day. Because maybe today is that day.
Where: the first half of the Munda Biddi Trail, starting near Perth, Western Australia.
When: 20-27 September 2014 (first week of the Qld school holidays)
Distance: 432 km is what Plan A looks like, an average of 62km per day. Longest day planned is 72.8km.
What’s the terrain like? Most days have around 800 metres of vertical ascent across 60-70 km of riding. So it’s not flat, but it’s also not in the least ‘alpine’. Plenty of pea gravel, so I’ve heard.
Are there towns on the way? Yes. Chance to re-supply food almost every day.
Are there cool shelters to camp in on the trail? Yes, the Munda Biddi trail has purpose-built shelters for bike-packing mtb riders, with bike parking, water tanks and toilets.
Have you mapped out the route, day by day? You know it.
Day 1 http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4317343
Day 2 http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4317397
Day 3 (part 1) http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4317446
Day 3 (part 2) http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4317557
Day 4 http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4317701
Day 5 http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4317748
Day 6 http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4318375
Day 7 http://ridewithgps.com/routes/4318546
Where are you finishing? I’m planning to finish at Jarrahwood after seven days riding, and next morning (Day 8) take a bus to Busselton (about 30 mins by bus) to meet up with my very patient wife for the second week of school holidays, down at Margaret River.
Busselton is a large town (about 25,00 people), with frequent bus services back to Perth. And a regional airport too.
- General information about the Munda Biddi trail: http://www.mundabiddi.org.au/
- An excellent blog from a bloke called Chris who is currently covering lots of the same territory that I plan on riding.
I have the complete set of MB trail maps (on loan from the touring guru Sholto), but my route only covers the first 4 (out of 8).
Interested? Let me know. I would love to have your company!