The Bullsheet    Sunrise 6:17am 

Sunday, 14 Apr '24  8:25am for C/W circuit passing Cottage Point Rd (on LHS), Illawong Bay before arriving at Akuna Bay (1st Nosh Stop) after traversing rural Duffy's Forest.
Start ride at
Ayres Rd/Mona Vale Rd, Nth St Ives from 8:25am or Terry Hills Fruit Barn at 8:40am.  Thence Duffys Forest out/back for Sag Stop at the Tempo Cafe
Then descend McCarrs Creek Rd for 1km and ride C/W
into Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park along General San Martin Drive passing Cottage Point Rd (on LHS) and Illawong Bay before arriving at Akuna Bay 1st Nosh Stop from 10:20am - 38km. 
10:50am continue east on
General San Martin Drive for 3km. Turn right and ascend West Head Rd into McCarrs Creek Rd up to Mona Vale Rd.  Then ride 5.4km west along Mona Vale Rd back to our start at Ayres Rd, Nth/East St Ives - 55km.  ETR 12pm (midday).

Ride Organiser Phil aka Bank Teller  0434 715.861 [1st Acceptor], Ann aka ToothFairy [2nd Acceptor], David aka OnceAnIronMan [3rd Acceptor], Eric aka PapaBear [4th Acceptor], Matt aka MotorMan [5th Acceptor] are starting from Ayres Rd/Mona Vale Rd, Nth St Ives.


Alan aka PharLap [5th Acceptor] is cycling from home and will meet us along Booralie Rd in Duffy's Forest.

John aka Auckland, George aka Englishman, Jean aka ChiliDog, Chris aka Recalcitrant BankTeller, John aka EarlyRetiree Bazza aka BackPacker; Pete aka CampyAficinado; Terry aka Navigator

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.

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 (i.e.. 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 (i.e. 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"

Sunday - 31st March '24 - Hornsby, Berowra Waters, Galston Village 'n back to Hornsby - 42km - 2 hills  - 6 riders

Our scheduled ride was to start with a descent of Galston Gorge.  But 'with a nip in the air' and the thickest fog since the arrival of man, we opted to ride the loop anti-C/W.

Trevor aka Tornado, looking anything but a Tornado garbed in his motor bike overalls, joined us at Berowra Waters cafe.

Don't buy any food at Water Vista Cafe, Berowra Waters (at least not on a long w'end, unless you have robbed Fort Knox beforehand. 
Now the only cafe at Berowra Waters, the new owner is making hay whilst the sun shines. Just ask Pete aka CampyAficinado who paid $18.25 for a toasted sandwich and a large coffee.


Click on Relive to experience again last Sunday's ride.  Also view an overhead experience.






"Hornsby or Berowra to Glenorie Village Bakery via Berowra Waters" - 42km - 5 riders

Really strange weather last Sunday, as our 21km ride to the Glenorie Village Bakery was slightly on the chilly side.  Perhaps we shouldn't have chatted about so many deep and meaningful issues for close to 50 mins, 'cause when we returned to our bicycles for the return leg, the weather was oppressively warm, meaning HOT.  And our 2nd Climb a LOT harder.

Nth St Ives to West Head Lookout 'n back - 52km - 4 riders

T'was a hot, muggy morn'.  But ToothFairy didn't hold back.


Trois Montagnes from Nth Turra' to Brooklyn 'n back (15th Jan '23) - 74km - 9 riders

Annual Sutherland to Nth Wollongong Lighthouse - 58km - 9 riders

                                                                                             Wake up, Australia

       Eight smiling faces. Alas, Terry aka Navigator, who started with us at Sutherland, missed this pic at our customary Nosh Stop at Ruby's Cafe on Bulli Beach

George contributed the above three pics, the final pic of Thirroul Beach

Click on below 'Relive' image to view last Sunday's New Year's day 'Sutherland to Nth Wollongong' - 58km in Google Earth.

Then click on the 'Right Arrow' therein.  Then click on:  View interactive route > and drag the route with your mouse to evidence a further application of Google Earth 
As Gomer Pyle would say,
Garsh, Sha-zam, Gall-lee!!!

Annual Boxing Day 2022 'catch-up' ride for Recalcitrant, Erstwhile Muggs at Water Vista Cafe, Berowra Waters - the new Manager is Paris

              Eric, Brigetta and Pete aka BeanCounter at the Hornsby start on a warmish morn'

                   Maureen, Pete Eric, Martin, Rick, Arno and Terry

Re-grouping after the climb from Berowra Waters that is now longer 'n steeper due to 'climate change'

All 8 attendees were cheerful, so Santa must've visited 'em.

Annual Boxing Day 2021 'catch-up' ride for Recalcitrant, Erstwhile Muggs at Coffee Kiosk at The Estuary Waterfront Seafood Restaurant - Kangaroo Point - 9 Muggs plus a few stragglers

Eric aka PapaBear recommended The Coffee Kiosk at The Estuary, after our regular haunts were not opening on Boxing Day.  Bereft of motor bikes and juxtaposed against the Hawkesbury River, it is a venue that Muggs will visit often.

Evidence Google Earth 'at play'.

Left mouse click on this Google Earth image. Then left mouse click in the Right arrow therein, to view our out 'n back 47km route.

Then click on: View interactive route to evidence a further application of Google Earth.


As Gomer Pyle would say, Goooolly !!!

Brief report on 2022 New Year's Day annual ride from Sutherland to Nth Wollongong, thence train home
Lois aka LoisLane, Phil aka BankTeller, Eric aka PapaBear and David aka  Once an IronMan experienced a coolish morn to safely cycle to Nth Wollongong.  Eric opted to cycle back to Sutherland from our Nosh Stop at Ruby's Cafe BulliAnn aka ToothFairy squibbed it preferring to hike in Tasmania.

Pics from Hornsby to Mt White, return by Berowra Waters - 88km  -  6 riders

Three pics at a verdant Mt White Road Warriors Cafe on a day when too many motor bikes passed us too close and too fast, too often.

Syd aka MotorMechanic is now the 5th Mugg rider to purchase the same flight ticket to Milan, Italy for Tour Italia this August which includes 30kgs luggage

MotorMechanic has booked a two person bungalow at same camp ground in Colfosco.  Tour Italia informs that Bank Teller has sourced a second apartment in Bormio for 500 Euro for our 7 days in Bormio which can accommodate up to 4 adults.  Scott aka Patternmaker will concur that it won't be available for long as it took a LOT of searching to find our first apartment 'cause we are there in peak Summer season.  So if you would like to share these two apartments, thereby securing a cheap deal, and climb for up to 18 climb days with Muggs 'burgeoning contingent', contact Syd or Bank Teller pronto.

Bank Teller's pics of Hornsby for Tour de Wisemans Ferry, return via Cliftonville, Stone House Caf Maroota, Halcrows Rd, Cattai Ridge Rd, Galston Gorge  -  118km  -  12 riders

Above pics at Wisemans Ferry after 49.7km from Hornsby

Above five pics at Maroota Stone House Cafe after 71km where we got white table cloth treatment.
Bank Teller rec'd an email on Wed 5 Feb from Amy G_ymer, Tenant/Cafe Mgr, informing that she was closing her occupancy this Saturday, because the Owner/Landlord refused to expend monies to achieve Compliance determined by Local Council.  This is a real shame because Amy was an exceedingly zealous/fervent Tenant/Cafe Mgr.  

Nth Turra' (or Hornsby) to Red Herring Cafe, Brooklyn Pier and return - 76km (or 62km from Hornsby) - 6 riders

After our Nosh Stop at Red Herring Cafe, Brooklyn Pier, three crew then cycled to Mt White 'n back.  It was an exceedingly humid, energy sapping morn'. The motor cyclists at PitS on our return leg were multiple and disturbing.  ToothFairy counted six different photographers on the 3.85km ascent from Brooklyn Rd encouraging motor cyclists to bend even further into the corner for a more impressive pic.  No more Muggs' Sunday rides along the ascent from Brooklyn Rd until the speed limit is reduced from 80 km p/h to 60 km p/h.  Take a squiz of what PitS was once like - cyclist friendly, but alas no longer.

To view this ride route to/from Brooklyn from Hornsby in Google Earth:

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

Then click on:  View interactive route >

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 IT. 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 Thompson's 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 Thompson's 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