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    Heading out to Yalwal for a camp and ride weekend. Have camped out there a few times but never with the bikes.

    We are hoping to try and piece together a loop from the dam which includes Monkey Gum but are not 100% sure which direction we should be aiming to enter it from.

    Is Wombat/Blackwood end the best way to go?

    Cheers

  • #2
    Which weekend? I can lead you guys around there no worries. To explain a route on a forum would be too complex.
    "Mindfulness has no interest in knowing the answers, it exists solely in understanding the questions"

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    • #3
      Cheers Pete.

      Heading out there this weekend. Unfortunately the forecast is looking very warm. Aiming for an early ride followed by some lake time.

      We have 6 confirmed with a mix of rider levels. Grade 2-3 probably the most we could manage. One guy is pretty green and will be slow going.

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      • #4
        Shame, I can't do this weekend, bike is being rebuilt.

        To get to monkey gum you'll need to cross Yerriyong creek on Christmas Bush trail or cross 3-rivers at Wombat Flat. Both are low at the moment. Have a good ride, more notice next one and I'll lead you around.
        "Mindfulness has no interest in knowing the answers, it exists solely in understanding the questions"

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        • #5
          No worries Pete another time for sure. Appreciate the offer and info.

          Cheers
          Joel

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Nutty View Post
            Shame, I can't do this weekend, bike is being rebuilt.

            To get to monkey gum you'll need to cross Yerriyong creek on Christmas Bush trail or cross 3-rivers at Wombat Flat. Both are low at the moment. Have a good ride, more notice next one and I'll lead you around.
            I'm not too good down there Pete, but I thought Christmas Bush was up Colymea way, off Yalwal Road? Crosses power lines and ends up at a lookout, branches to Link Road and loops back? Is there another one further South?
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            '13 EC300R
            '05 EC300
            ErmmXR400
            'Oh God knows EC250
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            • #7
              Originally posted by ggchris View Post
              I'm not too good down there Pete, but I thought Christmas Bush was up Colymea way, off Yalwal Road? Crosses power lines and ends up at a lookout, branches to Link Road and loops back? Is there another one further South?
              Same track.
              Christmas Bush has two arms. Left goes to the lookout, right does a tight right heading east and then technically becomes Honeysuckle where Death Valley S/T joins in. Eventually it crosses Calymea Creek (as Honeysuckle) but that whole track was called Christmas Bush originally. It starts on Yalwal Rd and goes to Yerriyong Rd. Before Saltwater was dozed in it was the only link between Yalwal and Yerriyong. I'm talking back when they logged the area, late 60s...

              Epic sand whoops just after it becomes Honeysuckle, the 300 can triple them up.
              "Mindfulness has no interest in knowing the answers, it exists solely in understanding the questions"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Nutty View Post
                Same track, it does a tight right heading east and then technically becomes Honeysuckle where Death Valley S/T joins in. Eventually it crosses Calymea Creek (as Honeysuckle) but that whole track was called Christmas Bush originally. It starts on Yalwal Rd and goes to Yerriyong Rd.

                Epic sand whoops just after it becomes Honeysuckle, the 300 can triple them up.
                Fair enough - that's the track I know best down there, but as Honeysuckle rather than Christmas bush. Now I know.

                Cheers
                Too old to die young.
                '18 EC300 SixDays
                '13 EC300R
                '05 EC300
                ErmmXR400
                'Oh God knows EC250
                And about a hundred road bikes, mostly Yamahas for some reason.

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                • #9
                  Lots of options , 1st one is prob gunna be ya best ,,, - relative to your crowd etc ,, unless u r a keen navigator ...

                  1). yalwal - yarramunmun tops ft - Braidwood rd - monkey gum ft - wombat flat ft - mint bush ft - Dean's gap rd - yalwal rd - yalwal


                  Yalwal - nthrn distributor - f6 - mint bush - wombat flat ft- monkey gum ft - 5 ways - pender - sandiman spur - yarramunmun - yarramunmun tops - yalwal

                  Yalwal - Dean's gap - mint bush - sandiman spur - monkey gum - Braidwood rd ...

                  Sandiman spur - pender - monkey gum


                  Buy a map ,study it , u be sweet ..
                  Pain is Inevitable...............Suffering is Optional

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                  • #10
                    Awesome thanks for the tips TC. Will aim for option 2 and see where we end up. I've been studying the maps the last few days and we'll have a GPS with us so surely cant go too wrong

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JB900 View Post
                      Awesome thanks for the tips TC. Will aim for option 2 and see where we end up. I've been studying the maps the last few days and we'll have a GPS with us so surely cant go too wrong
                      That's the spirit ,

                      Long days now , so u gots plenty of light ,

                      Scan your intersections , 360 deg,


                      Ya biggest issue will be managing punters , in the heat , watch em ,


                      there's no shortage of blokes falling of their perch , or braking a neck out there,,,

                      Enjoy !!


                      If ya get stuck , give me a yell ,

                      I once got two blokes out of chilli peppers , light fading , lost as hell and dehydrated ,,I was 6000 kilometres away o.s. , giving em directions and chillin em...

                      Web can be handy , no !!
                      Pain is Inevitable...............Suffering is Optional

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                      • #12
                        Legend thanks TC.

                        Originally posted by TOE - CUTTER View Post
                        Ya biggest issue will be managing punters , in the heat , watch em ,
                        Definitely. It's now forecast to be 40 both Fri and Sat.

                        Originally posted by TOE - CUTTER View Post
                        Web can be handy , no !!
                        Agreed. Almost didn't post as I was expecting the standard secret squirrel response or complete silence. Glad I did. Cheers for all the tips.

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                        • #13
                          just a word of warning ....

                          all this rain will make Sandi man spur interesting

                          seen a few bikes get drowned there, well worth walking the crossings first if any doubt about the depth, even then the sand bottom can be really soft and the last couple bikes will drown in the ruts left by the previous bikes ...

                          have a plan B

                          have fun
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                          What a f***ing fun bike! So easy to steer on and off the power, it felt amazingly light for a bike its capacity

                          It's almost criminal how easy it handled the tight stuff, it was light years beyond what I could get away with on my 2010 YZ450, and you could steer it with the power like a pro whether going fast or slow. Seriously impressive.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Blulu View Post
                            just a word of warning ....

                            all this rain will make Sandi man spur interesting

                            seen a few bikes get drowned there, well worth walking the crossings first if any doubt about the depth, even then the sand bottom can be really soft and the last couple bikes will drown in the ruts left by the previous bikes ...

                            have a plan B

                            have fun
                            FWIW, Lu's talking about the junction of Boolijong Crk and Yarramunmun Creek. Commonly known as 3 rivers or Wombat Flat. The track to Sandiman Spur starts here and heads east. The track is commonly known as Rocky Road. Rocky road runs east to Mintbush but about 1/2 way along a turn on the right goes up Sandiman Spur and joins Flat Matts S/T which leads to Penda Rd.

                            As Lu has said, that track entry is softer than it looks and requires a turn to be made in the creek junction. Be wary! At least the creeks will be nice and cold.
                            "Mindfulness has no interest in knowing the answers, it exists solely in understanding the questions"

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Blulu View Post
                              just a word of warning ....

                              all this rain will make Sandi man spur interesting

                              seen a few bikes get drowned there, well worth walking the crossings first if any doubt about the depth, even then the sand bottom can be really soft and the last couple bikes will drown in the ruts left by the previous bikes ...

                              have a plan B

                              have fun
                              Originally posted by Nutty View Post
                              FWIW, Lu's talking about the junction of Boolijong Crk and Yarramunmun Creek. Commonly known as 3 rivers or Wombat Flat. The track to Sandiman Spur starts here and heads east. The track is commonly known as Rocky Road. Rocky road runs east to Mintbush but about 1/2 way along a turn on the right goes up Sandiman Spur and joins Flat Matts S/T which leads to Penda Rd.

                              As Lu has said, that track entry is softer than it looks and requires a turn to be made in the creek junction. Be wary! At least the creeks will be nice and cold.
                              Unreal thanks guys.

                              I've made a mental note to not lead or sweep through that section .

                              I'll let you know how we get on.

                              Cheers

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