The Bullsheet  Route Maps and Elevation Profiles  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 Scott aka PatternMaker again providing the only Support Vehicle/Sag Wagon to carry o'nite stuff.   John aka Auckland has offered his SUV as a 2nd Support Vehicle/Sag Wagon, if req'd

(i)      four days cycling as listed in below table; or

(ii)     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

(iii)    if you can't jag Monday off work - on Sunday, cycle from Wollombi to Cessnock, then -

         *   directly to Maitland to catch 11:49am train (after 55km) arriving Hornsby at 2:34pm; or

         *   via Paterson to Maitland to catch 2:50pm train (after 96km) arriving Hornsby at 5:54pm.

Our inaugural Linger and Die ride to the Upper Hunter in March '01 attracted 9 cyclists

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 Scott aka PatternMaker, who is again providing his Ute as the Support Vehicle/Sag Wagon, asked for L&D to be de-mothballedWhereupon 8 cyclists rode Muggs' 4th L&D in Sept. 2010 enjoying brill real early Spring weather.  


#    Day Date
 Ride route                                                            Camping in

 Distan- ce km     





Berowra to Wollombi                                                                                                           

 100 Bob's Lodge


Sun  7th

Wollombi via Morpeth, Paterson, Dungog
(Option to catch train from Paterson to Dungog reducing ride to 81km                      

 114 Bank Hotel or    Royal Hotel Dungog


Mon  8th

Dungog, Salisbury, East Gresford, Vacy, Martins Creek, Wallarobba, Wirragulla                                 



Tues 9th

6:36am train from Dungog to Paterson arrive 7:04am for b'fast, then ride to Morisset to catch 7 min past the hour train to Hornsby                        

  71 back home



Click on: Route Spreadsheet and read additional route info in yellow below.

Our 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 cyclist driving approx. 30km legs Our support vehicle should remain behind the last cyclist throughout the four days, so we always provide a Sag Wagon.

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 8:37am) after you load your o'night bag into our Sag Wagon, riding 100km, via Mt White, Peats Ridge, Kulnura to Wollombi.
We have booked
Bob's Lodge which is 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 Wollombi Tavern.

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
Bank Hotel or the Royal Hotel Dungog.


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 3:39pm.

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 Linger 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.

Interested starters - probability                                   

1 Phil Johnston aka Scribe  100%
2 Scott aka PatternMaker  100%
3 David aka CricketTragic   100%
4 Jane aka NeoLuddite  100%
5 George aka EnglishMan   90%
6 Richard aka Sloth   90%
7 John aka Auckland   90%

Caroline aka Westie Wanderer

9 Trev aka Tornado      50%



Explanation of "Linger 'n Die" folklore

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 Die Hill, between Dungog and Gloucester in the Upper Hunter Valley, as so sheer that if bullock wagons stopped during the climb, they couldn't get under way again”.  Simmo ‘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.

Saturday at Wollombi accommodation:

Wollombi Tavern 4998.3261 

No internal accommodation, but "the watering hole" to drink with the locals.  Colin at the 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.

Cody's Cottage 
400m 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 Tavern

Bob's Lodge - 200m from Wollombi - high quality / highish price 4998.3182 (we stayed there in Sept 2010 for $250 'all-up' and it was beaut.


Avoca House   1.5km on the Cessnock side of Wollombi Road

Russell Davies   4998.3233ph  
B&B $95 pp / night:
Three rooms each with 1 double bed and 1 single bed  -  Scribe recommends Avoca House.



Wollombi Views B & B

2km from Wollombi - $70 per person per night.  Sleeps 8

Mulla Villa Guesthouse   3176 Great Northern Rd, Wollombi  4998.3254ph  4998.3286fax

B&B $135 per head.  1.2km before Wollombi (Host: Caroline)

Capers Luxury Guesthouse
Contact: Jane Young   4998 3211


Sunday and Monday night at Dungog


Bank Hotel, Dungog


Royal Hotel Dungog

Scribe's wrap-up

Scribe   7 Jan '12 (last updated)