The oval is right next to the Main Street so we got woken by the traffic noise at around 5:30am.
We’ve got mixed emotions about finishing the ride today; on one hand it will be nice not to have to ride tomorrow, but on the other it’s a bit sad our little adventure is nearly over.
We packed the trailers for the last time and rolled out of town at about 8:00am; we left a pretty easy 20km for our final morning – the trail stays on asphalt all the way between Elleker and Albany.
Tennis managed to lose the map on a fast descent and had to backtrack – a bit of excitement for the morning.
The trail comes into Albany through the commercial part of town, not the prettiest ride in but once you hit the top of the last hill you get some nice views out over the Princess Royal Harbour and town.
Albany is a lovely place; it’s the oldest permanently settled town in WA and for a long time had the only deep water port in the colony. It was also the last port of call for Australian Troopships leaving for World War I.
We rode through the back streets and down towards the port, which is the southern terminus for the Munda Biddi – what a great feeling. We clocked up just over 1000km, 12,000m of vertical gain and spent around 100 hours on the bikes over 21 days.
Our mate Tate drove down from Perth to collect us, what took us three weeks by bike he drove in four hours. He brought us some bike boxes and we packed the bikes down in front of the White Star Hotel where we drank many well deserved beers.
….and that’s the end of the ride, it’s kinda sad to have packed the bikes up and it will be strange not getting on them tomorrow morning. It’s funny how your body adapts to five hours of riding a day for three weeks straight; after the first week your legs stop protesting, and after the second week your backside finally settles into the saddle. Now, it kinda feels like we could keep riding.
The Munda Biddi is a huge roller coaster ride through a natural corridor in some of the most amazing countryside in the world. It’s challenging and incredibly frustrating at times, but they’re the parts we’ll remember most and it’s what makes the ride so rewarding.
We watched the landscape change from the Jarrah forests (with painstakingly annoying pea gravel) in the north, to the giant Karri and Tingle forests in the south….and at the end of it all you’re rewarded with stunning views of truly beautiful coastline.
We met some really lovely, like minded people who we’ll definitely stay in touch with; for me, this is one of the coolest parts of the trip.
Mountain bike touring is a fantastic way to travel. It allows you to ride through countryside that you can’t drive through, and forces you to stop in towns that you’d normally boost right past; this is where you meet some of the nicest people and really get a feel for the heart and soul of the region. You also take in the sounds and smells of the forest, something you miss if you fly by at 100km/hr in a car.
We’re both so glad we rode the Munda Biddi and I’d encourage anyone with half an inclination to give it a go, you won’t be disappointed!
Thanks for reading.