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April 2017

26" Hard tail, no luggage

I drove North on Chapman Road, and turned right into the carpark of the Chapman River Regional Park – it is  just after the roundabout ( if you cross the river you have gone too far). Head as far from Chapman road in the carpark and you should see the old rail bridge – my starting point. It was a perfect morning for an early ride in April 2017. I was at the old rail bridge about 7 am, and there were already kayakers and walkers there. It was a bit humid, but a cool start to what would be a warm sunny day.

I rode out on the South side first. There is an obvious gravel track about 50m from the river, and also numerous single tracks weaving between this track and the river. I took the single track, as they looked undulating and smooth, although sandy in parts. It got a lot tougher pretty quick! There were some short, steep drop offs, some tough lime stone filled rock gardens, and some sand all thrown. I am mainly a XC rider, plus I had all my cameras with me, so I showed a bit of caution and rode carefully. But I still got caught out on a really easy section – a sticking up boulder snagged my pedal. My bike stopped dead, but I kept going! Old blokes like me don't bounce too well, but I was going slow and the tumble just banged up my knee a bit and destroyed my bell and ego (I think I also lost my toolkit there as well). As bike prangs go, it was a gentle one.

There are no obvious route markers, so I was navigating by following:

  1. The trail with the most tyre tracks!
  2. keeping the river on my left going out and coming back.
  3. an occasional blue reflective marker
  4. some yellow marker tape tied to bushes

but I still think I went all over the place on various trails. The local government is planning on marking the trail and closing some sections of the trail, but this is planned for the future.

After about 4km, I was starting to get worried that I had missed the river crossing. The Chapman is only water filled  for the first kilometre or so of this ride, then it turns into a dry river bed (it was Autumn, so it was still dry). But it didn't look easy to cross. Eventually I did see the bridge and crossed to the north side of the river, heading back to my start point. There is an  extension that goes on a passed this car bridge for perhaps 1.5km with a narrow bike only bridge used to cross the river, but I didn't ride it here.

Again, there seemed to be a track following a fence line, with lots of other tracks running between the track and the river. Again, they looked inviting, but they weren't always. However, the North side was shorter, generally easier riding, and had some really nice spots overlooking the river. The last kilometre or so in particular was very nice – sweet compacted trail right next to the river filled with water, surrounded by shady trees and with birds everywhere – nice!

I got back to my start point about 8am – my ride times are always slow when I am taking heaps of photos and video. I was a bit sweaty with the high humidity and the exertion, and I had picked up a double gee that was causing a slow leak on my rear tyre. But I was pleased I had ridden a very scenic lesser known ride that was new to me.

Geraldton Bikes

Proudly sponsored by Geraldton Bikes,          164 Chapman Rd, Geraldton

April 2017

26" Hard tail, no luggage

6 Apr. 2017, 6:55:57 am
Ride Time: 32:34
Stopped Time: 29:39
Distance: 9.27 km
Average Speed: 17.07 km/h
Fastest Speed: 22.25 km/h
Ascent: 23m
Descent: 22m

Geraldton Bikes

Proudly sponsored by Geraldton Bikes,          164 Chapman Rd, Geraldton

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Geraldton Bikes

Proudly sponsored by Geraldton Bikes,          164 Chapman Rd, Geraldton

Geraldton Bikes

Proudly sponsored by Geraldton Bikes,          164 Chapman Rd, Geraldton