Sunday, 25 July 2010

Sunday 25 July 2010 - Oxford Falls and Redhill

Although the weather had been threatening for a while, Sunday dawned clear and even a little warm.

Bob, Whisperer and Stephe left at the very civil hour of 7.30am, and met Mark S at the Morgan Road car park for a morning "investigation ride" - during which, of course, we walked all 'non riding' or closed areas.

While we were waiting for Mark to actually turn up (!), Stephe and Bob had a quick look at the remnants of the Lizard Rock playground - it appears that the downhill stuff on the other side of the road has completely superseded this area, as it was fairly overgrown. The roll off over the big rock still looks just as 'do-able' as ever, but equally just as unlikely to ever be done(!).

Then, it was time for the ride. After a quick road stage to warm up, Whisperer showed us an excellent track into the Oxford Falls bush - and much fun was had by all. We joined back up with Oxford Falls fire trail, where the views, as ever, were spectacular (and only minutes from the city - pretty cool, I reckon).



We then took a reverse loop from the Oxford Falls aerodrome fire trail, with some mild technical playing on the way... (honest, this video activity is *really* scary, and only looks tame because of the incredible skill and talent shown... you should see us on rocks bigger than 10cm!).

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Then down past the satellite earth stations, had another road transit, and then dropped into Redhill from the Lady Penryhn car park, but without having to go all the way around (excellent!). A bit of playing about on some tracks in there, and then it occurred to us that we were going to be running out of time... so, we completed the Rim Track, through the Academy of Sport, along the Parkway for a bit, and then back up Deep Creek. Unfortunately, given the time constraints, it was then straight up the fire trail and back to the cars, rather than any further adventure.

A truly great day with lots of larfs!

Photos are up here, with the .kmz here. Mark has a cute interactive map here, and Whisperer's summary page of the ride is below:

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