The Bullsheet  Sunrise 5:42am 

Sunday, 25 Sept '22,  8:15am from Ayres Rd/Mona Vale Rd, Nth St Ives, 8:30am Terry Hills Fruit Barn, Duffys Forest, for brunch at Flying Fox Cafe, Mona Vale 
Return via Akuna Bay and
Illawong Bay
-  71km - ETR 1:40pm

Or return directly from Flying Fox Cafe, Mona Vale - 57km  -  ETR 12:00pm

Ride Organiser Phil aka Bank Teller  0434 715.861 [1st Acceptor], Pete aka CampyAficinado [2nd Acceptor], Ann aka ToothFairy [3rd Acceptor], [4th Acceptor], are starting from Ayres Rd/Mona Vale Rd, Nth St Ives at 8:15am.

Matt aka MotorMan [6th Acceptor] plans to meet us at Terry Hills Fruit Barn at 8:30am

John aka Auckland, Tony aka Publican , George aka Englishman, Jean aka Chili0og, Chris aka Recalcitrant BankTeller, John aka EarlyRetiree Bazza aka BackPacker; Alan aka PharLap

Eric aka PapaBear

If you are 80% confident of starting, contingent upon being greeted by a fine morn', e-mail Scribe and he will add your moniker above - so you don't turn-up at one of the optional start spots and find you are on your Pat Malone.

8:15am rollout Ayres Rd/Mona Vale Rd, Nth St Ives to Terry Hills Fruit Barn 8:10am, Duffy's Forest, McCarrs Creek Rd to Flying Fox Cafe, Mona Vale[LHS 2 km past Church Point] for 1st Nosh Stop (30 min)
Return up McCarrs Creek Rd. Right into West Head Rd.  Left down to Akuna Bay for 2nd
Nosh Stop at Akuna Bay
Climb anti-clockwise from Akuna Bay passing Illawong Bay to re-enter Mona Vale Rd bound for Terrey Hills, thence Ayres Rd/Mona Vale Rd, Nth St Ives.

Nosh Stops:
1.   Bayview Marina Café  (30 min)
2.   Akuna Bay  (30 min)

1st Leg:  Ayres Rd/Mona Vale Rd, Nth St Ives, Terry Hills Fruit Barn, Duffys Forest to former Terrey Hills Thai Restaurant Sag Stop - 20.5km - 60 min


8:15am -

*        N/E along Mona Vale Rd for 4.9km,

*        L at Terry Hills Fruit Barn 8:30am into Myoora Rd and take a 1st Sag Stop (3 min) from 7:45am,

*        Ahead 3km along Myoora Larool Rd,

*        L into Tepko Rd (75m short of Booralie Rd) for 400m,

*        L into Booralie Rd, 'n pedal 6km on a flat/fast stretch past Terrey Hills Golf Course and rifle range to Duffy's Forest (amidst real pigs, goats, horses 'n cows),

*        L into a 'No Thru Rd' about 300m before end of Booralie Rd and cycle a C/W loop back onto Booralie Rd and retrace eventually passing Terrey Hills neighbourhood shopping centre, thru roundabout and take 2nd Sag Stop (5 min) from 9:15am outside former Terrey Hills Thai Restaurant at top of McCarrs Creek Rd - muster on RHS of white road line under tree cover.

2nd Leg: former Thai Restaurant to Flying Fox Cafe, Mona Vale - 21km (agg 41.5km) - 70 min



9:20am -

*        3.3km down McCarrs Creek Rd to McCarrs Creek bridge,

*        veer L on McCarrs Creek Rd for 7.5km passing Church Point arriving at Flying Fox Cafe, Mona Vale from 10:35am for 1st Nosh Stop (30 min). 

4th Leg: Flying Fox Cafe, Mona Vale to Akuna Bay  - 14.8km (agg 56.3km) - 55 min

11:05am, cycle 7.4km up McCarrs Creek, turn R to Akuna Bay anti-clock, a further 4.5km for Brunch 2nd Nosh Stop (30 min) at Akuna Bay from 12pm.

5th Leg: Akuna Bay, Illawong Bay to Ayres Rd/Mona Vale Rd, Nth St Ives - 16.4km (agg 70.7km) - 70 min

12:30pm:  Climb anti-clockwise from Akuna Bay passing Illawong Bay to Terrey Hills and re-enter Mona Vale Rd via the tunnel under Mona Vale Rd.  Or wait at lights and R into Mona Vale Rd for 6.6km to St Ives from 1:40pm.  

Relive route with Google Maps

Risk Warning
Ø    Hardcopy these directions and bring on Sunday

Ø    Expend 5 min studying your street directory

Ø    Don't ride two abreast on single lane roads with an unbroken centre line and descend corners on wet roads as though you are skating on ice

Ø    When passing a fellow Mugg, always provide a metre clearance.  If you can't, or are passing on the inside, you MUST call out loudly eg. "passing inside" etc

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.

     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

     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

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

Hornsby to Mt White 'n back - 4 riders - 70.25km. 

PapaBear, BankTeller, ToothFairy and CampyAficinado enjoyed a sun-filed ride yesterday.  Pete and Ann said it was a lot warmer than last Friday's ride to Woy Woy from Berowra.

Ann took the below pic when cycling north thru the Berowra Valley where the view was a lot clearer than in some pics at Beaut Country Views.

Galston Bus Shelter to Riverstone, via Rouse Hill and Withers Rd.  Return via Vineyard, Scheyville National Park, up the malicious/malovent Cattai Ridge climb, thence back to Galston - 64km - 4 riders

Click on 'Relive', then the Right Arrow therein, to view yesterday route thru Google Earth.

Then click on:  View interactive route > and move around the screen with your right mouse key, to evidence a further application of Google Earth 

Eric from his best side

Eric paying attention, but Ann is not.  Pete is like a five year old happy with his marvie ice-cream

The troika back at Galston shops now focused appearing 'in high spirits, lucid and cognisant', even though it had been a tough ride due to many short sharp ascents.
But our Roller Coaster ride couldn't have been overtly tough, as an old fellow just shy of 80 years, PapaBear, cycled well over 100km having started from his St Ives digs and returning back to 'em.

BankTeller attempting to get into a Happy Snap.  Pete is focused on safeguarding his ice cream

Hornsby to Brooklyn 'n back - 53km - 5 cyclists

On a surprisingly sunny, pleasant morn' five old Muggs were in no hurry to leave Brooklyn Pier.
On the climb back up to PitS, Arno aka Heineken met BankTellerDavid aka TreeHugger, Campy and BankTeller thence chewed the fat with Heineken and Tony aka Samurai 'et al' at PitS.

Phil said to Arno, "Tony told me that he hardy cycles with your group, 'cause your group is too fast".  Arno retorted, "Well if he didn't want to talk so much, he would find it easier to keep up". 

Arno also said that he had visited Canberra and cycled with Todd Sowter aka I.T. Nerd who was even faster, as he cycles with an Aust Institute of Sport ride group.

Nth Turra' to Mt White 'n back - 92km - 9 riders, although four crew moseyed onto Woy Woy - 64km


Hornsby, St Ives, Church Point, Palm Beach ferry to Wagstaffe, Marie Byles Lookout, Woy Woy train to Hornsby - 74km - 4 riders

The next generation of cyclists putting the Old Folk to shame with their maneuvers

Will anyone 'pitch-in' to buy BankTeller a new pair of specs?

Adding to the pics at Marie Byles Lookout that date back almost 20 years


Hornsby, Windsor, Richmond - train from Scofields  -  74km, although ToothFairy and Auckland cycled 90km - 7 riders

Pete aka Yamaha's amazing two daughters, Sarah and Sam, bolstered Muggs number on a patently foggy morn'

Auckland, Yamaha, ToothFairy, ChiliDog and Bank Teller at Thompsons Square, Windsor after a marvelous foggy, nippy 43km from Hornsby, where there was a heck of a crowd on the terrace.

Some of our bicycles at Thompsons Square, Windsor

Annual Boxing Day 'catch-up' ride - Hornsby, Sommerville Rd, Galston Gorge, Berowra Waters, Brooklyn Rd climb ride - 74km - 12 riders

The Whippet, 83 years 'young', raced BankTeller up the climb from Galston Gorge, passing each other twice.  But 110 metres from the apex, Whippet, threw in a surge to claim the KOM.

There was some unwanted conjecture at the Sag Stop at Cnr of Crosslands Rd and Galston Rd. from the sole who thinks he is Elvis reincarnated, ably supported by a former Printer, when BankTeller announced that Four Old Farts were going to take the flatter route to Berowra Waters, and not the lumpy backroads route scheduled in The Bullsheet.  Ever 'risk averse' BankTeller was concerned that The Whippet might suffer a cardiac arrest and Publican then litigate BankTeller for negligence, upset 'cause Tony had lost his midweek riding partner.

But notwithstanding taking the easier traditional main roads route, it wasn't all smooth sailing through Galston, Arcadia and Berrilee.

BankTeller headed Brian early on the descent to Berowra Waters. But after descending past the verdant meadows with the horses, Brian passed Phil and exclaimed "Race you to the bottom."

BankTeller retorted a voluminous NO. Fortunately, Whippet eased off the accelerator.  Do all of us get wiser, as we get older?


St Ives, Duffy's Forest, Illawong Bay, Akuna Bay, Bayview Marina St Ives - 70km - 3 riders on a HOT morn'

Xmas Eve, Monday 24 Dec '18 - 12th Annual "Tour de Old Bathurst Rd, Blaxland, Springwood, Yarramundi, Richmond"  - 86km  -  6 riders which included Pete aka Yamaha and his two daughters, Sarah aged 12 and Samantha aged 10

Apologies for Scribe's below four pics, 'cause he had Flash set to On, when he should have had Flash set to Auto.  Whereupon the flash would not have made the bright sun light even brighter.

Above 'n below pics at Yarramundi Lookout which was 'wetter than wet' and 'bluer than blue' down the valley

Relaxing at the Richmond Record Store Cafe after scaling the humongous Old Bathurst Rd, and then 22km Nth to Richmond

Hornsby, Windsor, Richmond Choo Choo to Riverstone, thence Garfield East Rd, GG n back to Hornsby - 96km - 3 riders

We took an extended ride in the pristine, lush, verdant Cornwallis, Nth Richmond Lowlands trying to clock up the ton and cause the next train East was still a ways off.

Sunday, St. Ives, Duffy's Forest, Illawong Bay, Akuna Bay, Bayview Marina 'n back to St. Ives  -  84km  -  4 riders

Bank Teller    21 April '19