Down South: an impromptu Munda Biddi overnight loop

After a surprisingly benign run down from Fremantle, we arrive in Denmark early afternoon.  Sarah’s sister and the rest of the crew aren’t arriving until the next day.  We’ve not given much thought to how we’ll fill the gap, and resort to coffee and unexpectedly fine chocolate brownie to fuel a planning discussion.  A ‘she’ll be right’ perusal of our new Munda Biddi maps covering the shiny new finally completed bits shows a flat-ish section with a hut on it together with a bit of dual-track dirt road for a return loop the next morning.  Less than an hour later we’re parked, unloaded and heading off.

Taking in some open but quite sandy-soft forest roads, this stretch of the Munda Biddi is just what we wanted
Taking in some open but quite sandy-soft forest roads, this stretch of the Munda Biddi is just what we wanted
We manage to carry all we need in two Porcelain Rocket seat packs, my frame bag and the Chariot.  We opted to put a tent up at the Booner Mundak hut rather than disturb the family who'd already set up when we arrived.
We manage to carry all we need in two Porcelain Rocket seat packs, my frame bag and the Chariot. We opted to put a tent up at the Booner Mundak hut rather than disturb the family who’d already set up when we arrived.
Bryn's the master of all he surveys (while awake anyway)
Bryn and Sarah team up to give me a lighter Chariot to pull as the early morning shadows shorten the next day
A refreshing pause
A refreshing pause
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On the move again – the fat tyres give comfortable reassurance to the summer-soft-loose surface
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Not long afterwards we meet our return route – Gum Link Road. Things narrow down some, with a stream crossing and less room for manoeuvre.
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The Chariot’s waiting for signs of sleepiness
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While Bryn continues to be the master of all he surveys.

Route Notes

Munda Biddi (Map 8 – Walpole to Denmark) including Booner Mundak Hut (rainwater tank etc) with return leg along Gum Link Road (stream crossing and some areas that would be wet in winter).  Link to gpx file, elevation profiles etc here.

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16 comments

    • Vik – good weather helps :-) Getting Bryn out there has prompted some shifts in our ‘systems’, but so far fewer than you might think. Mostly as he’s still small enough to fit in the tent we’d be taking anyway etc…

  1. Kidbikepacking rocks. It gets harder as they get older, until they reach some magical age (older than my kids), but it is always totally worth it.
    I have it in my head that one day we may do the Munda Biddy as a family trip. It looks like my idea of fun.
    The obvious question to me is how rideable would the trail be in winter? I am a guy who thinks -40 is a great ride temperature, so much over 20 would be pushing my limit, but riding through deep water and mud would not be cool either.

    • The Munda Biddi is rideable in winter – most people do it in spring/autumn when the temperatures are better (but never 40 below). For people riding non-fat bikes this also helps with trail conditions because the pea-gravel firms up. There are some parts of the trail that have ‘proper’ singletrack, and mostly there are easier ‘touring route’ options that would work better for trailer pulling or kids etc. In the middle of winter (very much a relative term compared to what you’re used to), the trail may be quite wet, but it doesn’t make it unrideable – just a bit soggy. Nothing fat tyres can’t handle – and the regular huts make getting dry etc reliably possible.

    • The child seat is a Yepp Mini – it’s mounted on the stearer. The normal mount is designed for a quill stem, but can be bodged to work on a threadless headset. They do make a slightly clunky specific threadless headset mount (which we’re getting so we’ve got mounts on both bikes). It’s a very immediate way of having him right with us, and he loves it (as do we)

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