Tour de Wisemans Ferry
Tues, 7 May '13
Berowra station carpark to
Mt White, Peats Ridge, Spencer, Wisemanís Ferry - 101km
8 May '13
Wisemanís Ferry, Sackville 'n back - 71km
Thurs, 9 May '13
Wisemanís Ferry, East Windsor, Cattai, Old Northern Rd, then -
* Berowra Water to Berowra
station car park -
* Galston Gorge, Hornsby -
Ride will be deferred 24 hrs if the forecast
weather for Tues is bad, but forecast to improve on Wed and beyond.
Our booking of cabins at
NSW Ski Gardens
will be contingent upon fine weather, so we can 'pull-the-pin' on Monday arvo if
the pending weather sucks.
Reduce the ride length
on Day 1 and Day 3 by driving our Sag Wagon part of the route
participated in Muggs' inaugural 3 day Tour de Wisemans Ferry in April '03
cyclists participated in Muggs' 2nd Tour de Wisemans Ferry in April '04
cyclists participated in Muggs' 3rd Tour de Wisemans Ferry in April '05
NSW Ski Gardens
|On Muggs anti-clockwise
4th Tour de Wisemanís Ferry loop,
we are sleeping in
NSW Ski Gardens - 4566.4212
on River Rd, 1.2km due West of the Wiseman's Ferry Inn.
It is a healthy walk home along River Rd from the Inn,
which we have walked
Cabins with 2 per head cost $75 p/n = $37.50 each
Wiseman's Ferry Inn
We start (and finish) at Berowra station carpark,
with option to catch 8:33am
(or 8:46am) train from Hornsby to Berowra, arrive 8:46am (or 8:58am).
Tuesday - 101km from Berowra station car park to Wisemans Ferry:
by 9am after dumping your
oínite bag and sleeping bag into our Sag Wagons - See
heading "Sag Wagons" further below where each cyclist
pays $10 to the TaxMan before putting their o'nite bag and sleeping bag into our
1st Nosh Stop
after 24km at
Road Warriors Cafe (30 min) from 10:30am
after 44km at
Corrugated Cafe, Peats Ridge (10min) from 12:10pm to 12:20pm,
100m Nth of
Corrugated Cafe, Left into George Downs Drive for 3km to Central Mangrove,
Left SW down
Wisemans Ferry Rd, thru Mangrove Mtn, Lower Mangrove following the river
Spencer for 2nd Nosh Stop
after 72km (40 min) from
1:40pm to 2:20pm with choice of two adjoining cafes,
SW, then NW for 29km adjacent to the river via Gunderman, Laughtondale to
Wisemans Ferry - 101km - ETR 4pm.
Wednesday - 71km following the Hawkesbury River to Sackville, and return
(the most scenic 71 clicks you'll ever
1st leg: Wiseman's Ferry to
pedal SW along
flattish River Road
Webbs Creek Ferry on RHS offering marvellous
Deliverance Country views with some short diversions into intriguing
After 13.8km pull in at
Cliftonville Lodge Resort
cafe for 1st Nosh Stop
offering panoramic views of the pristine Hawkesbury.
Cyclists wanting an easy 2nd day can turn around at
for a lazy
Gas station at Sackville
River Rd 8km to
Lower Portland Ferry at junction of Colo River and
cross to the West bank.
Left into West Portland Rd
for 14.20km in toto comprising:
After 100m is Start of 1.9km KOM Climb to "?".
Thence ahead Sth
for 10.7km to
Bull Ridge Rd
Steep descent for 1km to Sackville Road 'T' intersection
Right for 500m to Sackville gas station for fish 'n chips,
2nd Nosh Stop
(40 min) after 36.6km.
Sackville to Cliftonville
Backtrack 1km to
ferry. RTA insists that cyclists walk their bikes onto ferry. 3.7km NE
gradual climb up Sackville Ferry Rd.
Left into River Rd for
8km back to Lower Portland
ferry, passing Dargle Ski Park.
Left into River Rd
for 8m to Cliftonville Lodge Resort
Sag Stop (10 min)
Cliftonville to Wiseman's Ferry
13.7km along River Rd to Wiseman's Ferry.
71km - ETR 3:20pm.
NB: An embargo on visiting the
Wiseman's Ferry Inn until 5pm, 'cause the precipitous climb out the next morn' ain't pleasant
if you've got a skinful the night before. We all remember the
fragile faces on Day 2 of our last three annual Linger 'n Die rides
after copious jars at the Wollombi Tavern being sociable with the locals.
Thursday - Wiseman's Ferry
to Hornsby (65km) or to Berowra (67km):
down Wisemans Ferry
Rd for 11km, commencing with a killer 2.5km climb to Hawkins Lookout,
into Wisemans Ferry
Rd [at Maroota
of Old Northern
Rd - see our human Sign Post] and head SW for
5km arriving Stone House Cafe 4575.0155
Maroota Sth on RHS
for 1st Nosh Stop
SW another 15km thru Cornelia to Cattai for 1st Sag Stop
(10 min) near junction of Halcrows Rd after 28km,
Rd [heading East] for about 8km which joins
Cattai Ridge Rd;
Ahead along Cattai Ridge Rd a further 9km to Old Northern Rd
for 2nd Sag Stop
(10 min) at bus stand after turning Right into Old Northern Rd, then either -
400m Sth down
Old Northern Rd,
Left into Wylds Rd (for 2km) commencing with 500m steep descent and 700m
climb and further 800m to Arcadia Rd,
Left on Arcadia Rd for 200m to
Grumpy's Cafe for
2nd Nosh Stop
after 47km (35 min) from 12:20pm to 12:55pm,
9km N along Arcadia Rd thru Arcadia and Berrilee to Berowra Waters ferry,
4km up Berowra Waters Rd to Berowra Park
3rd Sag Stop
2.5km NW along Berowra Waters Rd to Old Pacific H'way,
300m L on Old Pacific Highway to Berowra station car park - ETR
Sth down Old Northern Rd,
L into Mid Dural Rd for 1.6km
E to roundabout
Ahead into Galston Rd 400m to Galston Park for
2nd Nosh Stop
after 52km (35 min)
via Galston Gorge to familiar Hornsby Heights bus shelter 3rd Sag Stop (10 min)
along Galston Rd to Old Pacific H'way,
R for 1.5km to Hornsby station carpark - ETR Hornsby 2:15pm.
on Tues and Wednesday nights at NSW Ski Gardens
2916 River Road, 2916 River Road, Wisemans Ferry
sites are $6 per person plus $2 per tent. If you are on your own it
will cost $8 per night to pitch tent at NSW Ski Gardens, 2916 River Road,
Wiseman's Ferry . Bank Teller has booked with Chris - 4566 4212 nine tent
sites on a $50 holding deposit. If you are a twosome, it will cost $14 per
night 'in toto'. So no need to book a tent
site, just show up.
Scribe will be inviting cyclists from ride groups in Newcastle and
Windsor/Richmond/Kurrajong to join us camping at Wiseman's Ferry.
Tues and Wed nights:
The Wisemanís Ferry Inn
4566.4301 ph. Mick the Publican, and Toni/Cathy 4566.4739 provide
a Bistro from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
cafes/restaurants in Wiseman's Ferry.
Below are a few handy hints from local knowledge provided by Steve Cooper who
completed 2003 PBP and visited us for the 2004 Sunday ride:
Bed linen is not included, and costs an additional $11 p/h. Hence, your
trusty sleeping bag will "do the trick".
Publican has kindly offered his Ferrari "Ute" as one Sag Wagon.
It has Whippet's 3 bike rack on the back. Each participant's "small o'nite bag", tent and sleeping bag went in
one of the two Sag Wagons at Berowra station car park before 8:30am.
We are looking for a 2nd Sag Wagon. Scribe's Mitsubishi Lancer is a
back-up 2nd Sag Wagon if a car with a toe-bar 3 bike rack isn't
This year, before we commence from Berowra carpark, each Sag Wagon provider will receive $70
(made up from "$10 per head bag carrier fee" - only $8 if
no tent) to cover wear 'n tear and
Wagon drivers and Volunteers thus far:
* 23km to Mt White ???
* 21km to Peats Ridge
* 33km to Spencer
* 30km to Wisemans Ferry
* 16km to
Stone House Cafe
* 32km to
Grumpy's Cafe Bank
* 19km to Berowra car-park
Some crew pack a cereal bowl, mug, 'n shooting
irons, 'cause they don't fancy the 1.2km stroll to town for breakfast.
venture into Deliverance Country where some of the locals
have kept the race pure thru selective in-breeding. Hence, there are a few strange
frequenting the thoroughfares. Some
are powerful friendly, but a few think they own the roads, so it pays to keep
well to LHS, and not ride two abreast, even if you are bored and want to while-away
the hours squawking bulldust with a nearby cyclist.
cyclist should ever ride two abreast on a single lane road with an unbroken
Albans is a tiny village. Things 've
slowed down some since the river silted-up. The picturesque Settler's Arms pub is the main attraction and maybe a guest-house.
about it. They have meals but not sampled by me, possibly just frozen pies
microwaved. Off course there's the local specialities of Catfish, Crawdads 'n Pork Chittlins or Roadkill Combination
(no two meals the same) on a Friday night but
these are only available to those on intimate terms with the cook (ie her
cousins, uncles etc). For entertainment there's
Elroy the amazing blind Banjo player and his famous bluegrass
lament "I've only got one Gramma". Some say his skill comes from
having two extra fingers. There's a bit more choice at Wisemans. Reasonable
bistro at the pub, plus another restaurant or two as well as the licensed club.
Map for Day 2 and early part of Day 3:
- 16 Feb '13 (last