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Ride will be brought fwd 24 hrs or postponed 24 hrs if weather dictates
5th Linger & Die
to the Upper Hunter -
Sat 6 Oct '12 to Tues 9 Oct '12 -
limited to 9 cyclists based on
again providing the only Support Vehicle/Sag
to carry o'nite stuff.
John aka Auckland
has offered his SUV as a 2nd
Wagon, if req'd
four days cycling as listed in below table; or
if you can't jag Tues off work
- on Monday, cycle from Paterson 68km to Morisset (or 87km to Wyong) to catch
train to Hornsby on the hourly service 7 mins after the hour; or
if you can't jag Monday off work
- on Sunday, cycle from Wollombi to Cessnock, then -
* directly to
Maitland to catch
(after 55km) arriving Hornsby at 2:34pm; or
* via Paterson to
Maitland to catch
(after 96km) arriving Hornsby at 5:54pm.
Our inaugural Linger and Die
ride to the Upper Hunter in March '01 attracted
Muggs' 2nd L&D in 2003 attracted 11
cyclists. 17 signed-on for # 3 in 2003.
Other cycle w'ends forced this delightful ride to the Upper Hunter onto the
back-burner. However, in early 2010
PatternMaker, who is again providing his Ute as the
Support Vehicle/Sag Wagon, asked for L&D to be
de-mothballed. Whereupon 8
cyclists rode Muggs' 4th L&D in Sept. 2010 enjoying brill real early Spring
and read additional
route info in yellow below.
Sag Wagon will hold up to 10 o'nite bags. Each of
the current 6 cyclists, less Scott, contributes $10 to
aggregate up to $50 min to cover gas
and wear 'n tear - payable before you load your stuff in the trunk. Cyclists will again share the driving with each
approx. 30km legs.
Our support vehicle should remain behind the last
cyclist throughout the four days, so we always provide a
Below are details of accommodation at our 2 o'nite stops of Wollombi and Dungog.
Day 1 - Saturday 6th
Depart Berowra station from 8:45am
(8:20am train from
Hornsby arrives Berowra at
after you load your
o'night bag into our
riding 100km, via Mt White, Peats Ridge, Kulnura to Wollombi.
We have booked
a large house in Wollombi costing each of our present 6 crew $41.33.
The house holds 9 single people. We are having din dins at the
Day 2 - Sunday 7th
Depart Wollombi 8:10am cycling to Cessnock for b'fast after 29km, but most crew plan to bring
something to eat before leaving Wollombi. Then cycle via Maitland, Morpeth, Paterson
to Dungog 114km, with option to reduce to
81km by catching 6:47pm train from Paterson to Dungog staying at either
of the super cheap
Day 3 - Monday 8th
Cycle Western anti-clockwise loop
to Salisbury, East Gresford,
Vacy, Martins Creek, Wallarobba, Wirragulla back to Dungog.
Day 4 - Tues 9th
6:36am train from Dungog to Paterson
arrive 7:04am for b'fast.
8:15am cycle Paterson to Morisset (71km)
to catch 1:07pm train which arrives at Hornsby at 2:28pm. Or cycle an extra 26km
along Hue Hue Rd to Wyong (96km). The 2:32 Wyong train stops at Hornsby at
Below is Column 8 in the SMH on 29 June 2000
"ON Monkerai Road, the old coaching way between Dungog and
Gloucester, is the wonderfully named
And Die Hill, a name also often attached to a nearby three-span timber
bridge over the Karuah River. An NRMA plaque proclaims the bridge, built in
1877, to be the oldest truss bridge in NSW. On Tuesday night one of the spans
broke, having faithfully supported traffic from horse-drawn coaches to big
trucks for 123 years. It's a bit of history that may now be lost. Linger And Die
Hill? Peter Olsen, whose family has been in the district since 1827, says it was
so steep that if bullock wagons stopped during the
climb, they couldn't get under way again.
Explanation of "Linger 'n
In 2000, Simmo,
aka The Enforcer, with "No
Hill is to High" and "No Mountain
too Mean" firmly inculcated in his noggin,
noticed a new conquest from Column 8 in the SMH – extracted below where a
local, Peter Olsen, describes Linger And
Hill, between Dungog
and Gloucester in the Upper Hunter Valley, as
sheer that if bullock wagons stopped
during the climb,
they couldn't get under way again”.
‘phoned up Peter Olsen to suss out the Hill, whereupon he spoke to Ms. Peta Olsen
who described it as “a tough mile and a half”.
Completed in 1882, the Monkerai bridge is an Old Public Works Department
timber truss road bridge - the second oldest timber truss road bridge in
NSW. Constructed from timber to conform with the 1861 parliamentary decree
that local materials should be used in public works, the trusses took
advantage of the high quality hardwood that was available in NSW. The design
is essentially a copy of the European timber truss bridges that had their
origins in the work of the 16th century Italian architect Andrea Palladio.
The Monkerai Bridge is located in the Hunter region, which has 15 historic
bridges each constructed before 1905, and it gains heritage significance
from its proximity to the high concentration of other historic bridges in
the area. In 1998 there were 2 surviving Old PWD trusses in NSW of the 147
built, and 82 timber truss road bridges survive from the over 400 built. The
Monkerai bridge is assessed as being Nationally significant, primarily on
the basis of its technical and historical significance.
Wollombi Tavern 4998.3261
No internal accommodation, but "the
watering hole" to drink with the locals. Colin at
Wollombi Tavern is comfortable with us pitching tents out back of the pub, so long as we don't
set-'em-up 'til approaching dusk.
Sth of Wollombi Tavern - Jean Marsh 4998.3256
- $80 per person per night if 2 guests in separate rooms - no b'fast - $90
if only one guest
Gray's Inn - 4998
3312 100m from Wollombi
200m from Wollombi
- high quality / highish price
4998.3182 (we stayed there in
Sept 2010 for $250 'all-up' and it was beaut.
1.5km on the Cessnock side of Wollombi Road
B&B $95 pp / night:
Three rooms each with 1 double bed and 1 single bed - Scribe
recommends Avoca House.
Views B & B
2km from Wollombi - $70
per person per night. Sleeps 8
Mulla Villa Guesthouse
B&B $135 per head. 1.2km before Wollombi (Host: Caroline)
Capers Luxury Guesthouse
Contact: Jane Young 4998
and Monday night at Dungog