After my previous outing to the Munda Biddi Trail 🚵 (North to South 2017) I had no expectations or plans to undertake the whole thing again! Why would I? But while back in wet’n’windy Blighty for 10 months and with no other thoughts crossing my mind to cycle anywhere else, in time, it became a no-brainer! 🤯
Solitude and the wilderness … yes please! So without looking for any other routes, I just plumbed for the easiest option, the Munda Biddi Trail south to north!
As with cycling and most other forms of travel, going in the opposite direction has its own uniqueness. It’ll feel like a different route. Well, that’s what I told myself!
The BiG white 🐘 elephant in the room … which direction is easier? To cycle a trail and look for the easiest route is missing the point of adventure. Cycling to me is about the journey and not the destination. If one set off thinking which is the quickest and easiest route, why bother! South to North is the slightly more rewarding by a wheels width! 🤣
The most obvious reason, the start of South to North, Albany to Denmark is relatively flat. Only a few sections on the road possess what I’d call minor climbs. Compared to leaving Mundaring (north) and dropping down to Mundaring Weir (8 km) and thinking this’ll be a peace’of’piss … then bam! 🔨 It’s tough for the rest of the day and the next! Some serious pea-gravel (deep) and what seems like endless climbing and walking, down, as some very steep sections! I can appreciate why some riders get to Jarrahdale Post 📯 Office (easiest vehicle route back to … anywhere) and jack it in! Unforeseen to them, that will have been the hardest two days, as it gets easier from then on. Promise!
On this occasion out of the Denmark (south to north) I headed onto the Denmark to Nornalup Heritage Trail and not upto the first hut as the trail routes to. The first two huts on this journey were closed due to prescribed burns 🔥
Overall the climbs on the Munda Biddi Trail aren’t long, they just tend to be short’n’sharp. Usually with some generous helpings of pea-gravel. It wouldn’t be the Munda Biddi Trail without pea-gravel and occasionally Honky nuts 🥜 thrown in too! If you haven’t had the good fortune to ride over both … good luck!
A positive regarding south to north, which contains no reflection on the trail perse, is a stark reduction in flies on this occasion. Apparently the Dung beetle as had a super season with the cow 🐮 pat/s. Flies bury their larva in them. But the Dung beetle 🐞 had better ideas! I also noticed with overcast days (stratus nebulosus 🌧️ low level clouds), this seems to eradicate all flies, flying! My thinking is, that moderate precipitation and higher moisture in the air prevents the loverable winged critters from flight or they just don’t wish to get their hair wet … Princesses!
On any direction there’s going to be a hut or two closed, usually due to a prescribed 🔥 burn. These burns can close a hut for months. Having completed both directions, I’ve now got to stay at all the huts that were closed on the previous trip.
The trail can be completed just by following the excellent ⚠️ markers supplied by Alcoa. So as to add something to the trail (financial) I purchased the full set of maps from the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation. These are still extremely valuable to have. Along with GPS 🛰️ route data I use on my Garmin eTrex 30 and smart phone using the maps.me app.
I’d like to thank the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation, the Parks and Wildlife Service, Alcoa and the numerous volunteers for implementing and servicing this superb trail. A special mention has to go to the Parks and Wildlife Service. These guys and gals keep the huts/toilets 🧻 clean, maintained and advise on prescribe burns. A BIG THANK YOU to all!