Apologies to Dave and Karen Ramsay. Dave sent me the details of this ride last week, and between being away so much and trying to get things done before everyone shuts down for Christmas, I didn’t post it…it’s a lame excuse, but in this case it’s the truth.
There are some great pics on Dave’s Facebook page of their first crack at this ride a couple of weeks ago, and it’s looking like a really good bunch of people will be there. There’s still time to pack your clobber and head on up to Wattle Flat.
Saturday and Sunday, December 12 and 13 from Wattle Flat
Dave and Karen Ramsay are going to have another lash at meeting up with Tony Bennett’s Armidale mob and riding down through the gorgeous George’s Creek Trail on December 12 and 13. All are welcome and should meet at Wattle Flat to camp Saturday night, then meet, greet and ride with the Armidale crew at 10:00am Sunday. Dave and Karen will be running a ride out on Saturday from Casino and can meet folk at Cleveland Crossing on the Clarence at 10:00am.
They’ll head up to Drake then ride the Rocky-to-Billirimba forest trail, down through Spirabo to Deepwater for lunch, then Red Range, Kookabookra, Wollomombi to Styx River and camp at Wattle Flat about 450km from Casino. They should get to camp around 5.30pm.
The ride is very weather-dependent. If it looks like being wet the ride will postpone until February or March. Dave thinks it could be a good excuse for a Bush Christmas Party.
Longest Day. Monday, December 21
This was one of my favourite rides a couple of years ago. It started off one way and finished another, and the whole ride was a hoot from start to finish.
Pottsy’s leadership made it brilliant, and the people on the ride made it even more brilliant. I’m just waiting for Secret Squirrel to stop playing with his nuts and let me know what’s happening. His last communication decoded to read:
‘I am suggesting a ride the day before on the Sunday so it makes it easier for people to get time off work and family the few days before Christmas. Seeing as the loop two years ago worked out really well, we can do the same loop again, which, from memory, was about 760km. That’s pretty achievable by everyone, and keeps a casual pace to be sociable. NOTE:- this message will self destruct in five minutes – much like a postie bike on the whooped-out Finke desert race track.’
Hmm…that is fairly straightforward. Maybe I’m being a little tough on the bushy-tailled rodent. I guess what we need to know is if anyone’s interested. Let me know and we’ll start planning.
I’ll post more details as they come to hand.
A Marty Christmas Party. Saturday December 12
Here’s another one I forgot to post. Good on me.