The Bullsheet      Sunrise 6.33am    

Sunday, 20 Feb '20  - Duffy's Forest and West Head, return via Akuna Bay

*      7:50am rollout from Ayres Rd/Mona Vale Rd, Nth St Ives   -   68km  -  ETR Nth St Ives  12:30pm

*      8:05am from Terrey Hills Fruit Barn  -  60km  -  ETR  12:15pm


Ride Organiser, Phil Johnston aka Bank Teller [1st Acceptor], PapaBear [2nd Acceptor], Ann aka ToothFairy  [3rd Acceptor], Barry aka BackPacker [4th Acceptor] are starting from Ayres Rd/Mona Vale Rd, Nth St Ives at 7:50am.

              [5th Acceptor] is starting from Terrey Hills Fruit Barn at 8:05am.

 Alan aka PharLap, Barry aka BackPacker , , Bill aka Glasgow, Peter aka AnotherBeanCounter  Kev aka TexDubbo   Pete aka CampyAficinado ; Jane aka NeoLuddite, Michael aka GoodMorningVietnam ; David aka TreeHugger


If you think you are 80% confident to start, subject to being greeted by a fine morning, please e-mail BankTeller and he will add you above.

Rollout from East side of Gordon station to St Ives carpark, Terrey Hills, Duffy’s Forest, West Head (Sag Stop – pack nibbles).  Return via Akuna Bay.


1.      Tempo Cafe - formerly Terrey Hills Thai Restaurant    (5 min)

2.      West Head Lookout                                                  (15 min)

1st:    Akuna Bay                                                               (30 min)

2nd:   Mischica Cafe, St Ives                                             (20 min)

1st Leg:  Ayres Rd/Mona Vale Rd, Nth St Ives via Duffy's Forest to West Head Lookout - 40km - 120 min
Ayres Rd/Mona Vale Rd, Nth St Ives 7:50am:

  • E along Mona Vale Rd for 4.8km where we meet Jane aka NeoLuddite at 7:55am outside the Fruit Barn;

  • L into Myoora Rd for 2.9km to Tepko Rd

  • Left into Tepko Rd for 300m to Booralie Rd

  • Left into Booralie Rd for 5.4km

  • Left into Bibbenluke Ave for 250m, Right into Guwara Rd for 200m, Right into Wyong Rd for 500m

  • Left into Thuddeungra Rd for 600m

  • Ahead along Booralie Rd for 4.4km to Tempo Cafe - formerly Terrey Hills Thai Restaurant Sag Stop 5 min

  • Left down McCarrs Creek Rd and enter Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park for 3km to "V" (dual entrances to the park);

  • R at the "V" anti-clockwise and descend 3km to McCarrs Creek bridge;

  • L over small timber bridge for 1.8km to "T" juncture (Akuna Bay Marina is 2.8km on LHS);

  • Ahead 12km along West Head Rd to West Head Lookout.

Pack lots of nibbles, ‘cause we take our Sag Stop (15 min) from 9:50am for a snack and a gawk at the majestic, shimmering blue peninsula.

2nd Leg: West Head Lookout to Akuna Bay - 16km - 55 min - (agg 56km from Nth St Ives)
Depart West Head 10:05am - arrive
Akuna Bay 11am for 1st Nosh Stop (35 min).


3rd Leg: Akuna Bay to St Ives carpark - 12km - 50 min - (agg 68km)
Akuna Bay 11:35am via Illawong Bay and Cottage Point Rd to arrive Fruit Barn at 12:15pm and Ayres Rd/Mona Vale Rd, Nth St Ives at 12:30pm bound by car for 2nd Nosh Stop (25 min) at Mischica Cafe in St Ives from 12:50pm. 


Risk Warning
Cycling Blackspot Warning. 
The road section approx 300m prior to the West Head Lookout veers awkwardly to the right.  It is narrow with very little camber to facilitate cyclists holding the narrowing roadway.
Bank Teller has documentary evidence of 6 bad accidents when inexperienced cyclists descended that road section too fast and spin off the LHS.  One cyclist remained in a comma for 3 months.  Another cyclist who was heli-lifted out on Sunday 9 Nov remained in the Spinal Unit at RNSH -  Bank Teller visited him on Sat 2 Jan '10.
Descend to the West Head Lookout slowly and warn others to do likewise. 
RTA, which is responsible for West Head Rd, has been negligent in ignoring Bank Teller's three letters
dated 11 Jan '08, 8 Feb '08 and 29 March ’08 and Annexure to -
a)      straighten approx 200m of that road section by widening on the RHS,
b)      build up the camber on the LHS, and
c)      provide dedicated "Cyclists Descend Slowly" signage at the top of the descent.


Some forms of cycling are dangerous.  An ave of 36 Australian cyclists have been killed annually since 2000.  95% of these fatalities occur on the road Other cyclists in Australia break bones and incur nerve impairment from falling off their bikes in accidents. 
A cyclist could fall from his/her bike, inter alia, due to -
(i)      being hit by a car or another cyclist; or
(ii)     encountering a pothole;
(iii)    cycling too fast on a wet downhill where the coefficient of friction is much less, particularly at corners; or
(iv)    getting their bicycle wheel caught in a gap in a timber bridge.

A negligent cyclist could -

(a)    be litigated by a seriously injured cyclist, or 3rd party (ie. a woman pushing a pram on a footpath or a car driver) under common law where the damages could exceed $500,000; and

(b)    lose his/her home if he/she did not have public liability insurance which covers their negligence whilst on a push bike.

A negligent cyclist who did not have personal injury insurance (ie self-employed without income protection cover) could struggle to meet regular outgo commitments.

A seriously injured cyclist could be awarded damages which a negligent cyclist could not afford to pay if the negligent cyclist -
(I)     did not have public liability insurance cover; and/or
(II)    did not possess valuable assets.

Ø     Cycling without Public Liability cover is as silly as driving without 3rd Party -
 join Bicycle NSW for PL insurance, so that all Muggs are better protected

Ø     Click on: Risk Management which warns of 'inter alia', the dangers of cycling on public roads with motor cars, potholes and over bridges with vertical timber planks with gaps

Ø     Cycling with Muggs is predicated upon notifying Bank Teller if you materially disagree with any clause(s) in Muggaccinos' "Ride Participants Liability Acknowledgment"

Nth St Ives, Duffy's Forest, Warriewood Beach Lookout, Wakehurst Parkway, Forest Way - 62km - 4 riders (ToothFairy, PapaBear, Alan aka Pharlap, BankTeller).


To view our above ride route from Hornsby in Google Earth:

Click on the 'Relive' image above.  Then click on the 'Right Arrow' therein. 

Then click on:  View interactive route >

St Ives, Illawong Bay/Akuna Bay, Bayview Marina and return - 59km - 6 riders that include Ann aka ToothFairy that took these two pics at Bayview Marina

Hornsby to Woy Woy, via Mt. White - 9 riders - 64km

Visitors to Muggs are Graham He_th, Grahame aka AnotherRuddyLawyer, Paul McKi_n, & Chris Robins_n

Quatre Montagnes C/W - included s Sommerville Rd - 3 riders - 62km

Three riders at the familiar Galston shops bus shelter

Pics from Tour de Windsor, with Sackville loop  - 114km  -  3 cyclists

The tough get going when the going wasn't even tough, 'cause it was a delightful 'unhot' morn' which did, however, warm up by mid-arvo when Lea aka SlowLea and Bank Teller completed their respective routes with SlowLea registering 130km and Bank Teller 117km.  Jean aka ChiliDog 'did a Uie" at Windsor thereby clocking around 100km

About 'three clicks' shy of Windsor

Sheep on the LHS weren't interested.  But the goats on the RHS must 've thought we had some tucker, 'cause they were approaching Lea aka SlowLea in hope

And I didn't have a carrot

An impressive tree at Riverstone station

A local 'fatted calf'

Verdant and bucolic out West yesterday

  Bank Teller   20 Feb '20