I did the ride route today that I posted earlier
Day was cold (never got above 10degrees) and had passing showers with bouts of sunshine.
Headed south down Staughton Vale Rd, sealed & quiet, then left onto Mount Rd which was gravel up a climb behind Mt Anarkie, it was a punchy climb & I reverted to first gear (34~32) for the last 100mts to its top which will be a pattern for the rest of the climbs on this route for the day. Photo - Mount Rd looking north, more plain dirt than a gravel rd, recently graded but muddy after a recent shower.Photo - Top of climb on Mount Rd, if you look closely you can see I'm in first gear, but don't worry as just after this stone barn it's downhill for the next 4 kms.
Seems that most of the climbs for the day will be like this, short sharp punchy, with me reaching for first gear to clear the last 100metres or so of each climb.
This first section of Staughton Vale Rd, Mount Rd & De Motts Rd is open (exposed) farmland with a hint of cow manure on the breeze. Great vistas out to Geelong & surrounds from here.
Through Anakie which has what looks like a general store off down Ballan Rd from De Motts Rd but I didn't venture there. De Motts Rd rises sharply & then undulates quite a bit, I pretty much shuffled from top gear to first & back to top a few times before getting to Steiglitz Rd.
Steiglitz township, I turned off into 'town' on a gravel road. There's only a few closed heritage buildings, and a pit-toliet. Mining tailings mounds are dotted here & there, then down to a old wooden bridge over a creek which then takes you up into Brisbane Ranges park. This becomes typical forestry gravel roads with chunky shale rocks in it, but this first bit: Steiglitz/Durdidawarrah rd & Beremebroke Rd is pretty smooth.Photo - This is Steiglitz the town, pretty much all of it (except maybe the brick courthouse to the left aways).Photo - timber bridge that takes you up into Brisbane Ranges park from Steiglitz.Photo - Brisbane Ranges park, most of the gravel roads are exactly like this one.. except for....Photo: ....McLeans Hwy, as it goes in & then out of the Little River gully.
Marshalls Lane to McLeans hwy took you past hobby farm back blocks,I copped a shower here & the dirt rd got instantly muddy, which complicated the little climb into the Bris Ranges Park again as I couldn't get out of the saddle without he rear breaking loose.
McLeans Hwy, this gravel forestry rd was the roughest of the day, especially as it takes you down into the Little River picnic ground with a rough descent & I punchy climb out. It's doable but this direction - going north - goes from what feels like the park's lowest elevation, the Little River creek, to it's highest elevation - the corner of McLeans hwy & Thompsons Rd. I bailed & walked the last 40mts.
Thompsons Rd takes you back out of the park and into the farmland alongside Staughton Vale Rd. As I rounded the corner into Thompson Rd for the descent it rain & poured down pretty heavily causing river-lets across the gravel road. It's a long decedent as well sitting on the brakes all the way down in cold rain & spraying gravelly mud into my face wasn't fun. Fingers, toes numb with cold.
Finally onto the gravel of Murphy's Rd which was all downhill to Staughton Vale Rd back to the car.Strava from ride
Oh yeah, I've got to mention I drove there past You Yangs around the back to Anakie taking in Granite Rd. I gotta say that Granite rd looks like a nice ride, sure it's open and exposed but grand vistas all around in every direction.
Just a bike & a place to ride.