Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Capertee - Gardens of Stone - Cullen Bullen - Jerrys Plains

On my last day in Sofala, I decided to take the long way home.

I headed into the Upper Turon and out past Bingletree Station to Capertee.

The road deteriorated severely in the upper reaches.

But the DR650SE isn't fazed by a few rocks.

This is the good section. 

Bingletree Station.

Upper Turon.

Red Hill Road - Upper Turon

Below Turon Gates Road

Turon Gates Road

Ben Bullen Station

I turned into the top of The Gardens of Stone Trail.

Above Baal Bone Gap Road.

I heard this Katoom roaring down the trail. He stopped for a yak.

He reckons he was testing a set of Mitas E09 for an across Australia run.

The 4wd's have chewed the hell out of this trail.

Now I can see why its called Gardens of Stone.

Sheer walls of rock. Awesome.

Some gritty hill climbs too. Especially with a full load of gear.

Nice view down into the Wolgan Valley.

This was a bit technical below here. 

Two 4WD's were having a hard go of it.

I scraped past them and wished them luck.

Geez. Which muddy rut is the shallowest?

Heading up into Cullen Bullen now.

Bylong Valley way and out through Bureen, Martinsdale and Jerrys Plains.

The biggest damn Wedgetail I've EVER seen. 

Now for the long dark haul through the night.

I was busting to get home. So I put down 800kms in a day.

My butt was killing me, but I had to push on. The new LED's helped light the way.

Finally pulled in home. Had a shower and a home cooked meal. Happy days.


Ray said...

Hi again Ian. Heading out in August over bells line ..Lithgow..gardens of stone...Newnes overnighter...rest of Gardens to Hill End for nother overnighter. Bits of the Garden north of Wolgan Valley look technical. Hate clay...fell off 5 times going the wrong way over Caneens Gap in April in (not on) wet clay. Will make a decision on the day I guess. gr888 blog Ian

Ian said...

Cheers Ray. There's some good climbs out of the Wolgan Valley into GOS NP. It should not be major if it's reasonably dry. Hill End is a great destination. Spent the day there on this trip, but my big camera ran out of battery. Keep me posted on you travels and thanks for the feedback.