It was a fine morning meet and greet over brekkie at Brewster's Coffee House in Mittagong
Smarty, Frankie and DR Dad on their Trumpies headed off on their "tar babies" trip, and Mudrat, Chriscrossed, Todd, Jason and myself set off on our "dirty dogs" route, under clear skies despite what the long term forecast said earlier in the week.
A couple of back roads to Robertson and then onto Belmore Falls for a little taste of dirt.
A look down toward Kangaroo Valley village from Belmore Falls
From here thru Kangaroo Valley and then Nowra (Chris's favourite town) toward Nerriga. It took a couple of attempts, but we finally located the Tianjara Fire Trail, that was recommended by OFBM. As an aside, I usually don't take advice from people I don't know, but with a name like Old Fat Beer Man (thats me; old, fat and I like beer) the trail would be easy enough for me and the Strom. Wow, how wrong can ya get, so the acronym OFBM had a few more "F's" inserted.
This is the easy end
But it soon turned for the worst (for me anyway, I think the others loved it though) with ruts, holes mud puddles and rocks. I did about half the trail when I had a close inspection of the rock formation, others might try and say I had a lay down, but don't believe them.
A regroup along the way
we are pretty high up and we could see all the way to Jervis Bay and St Georges Basin.
It was a bloody hard slog for me and had stripped off all unnecessary clothing to stop me from overheating, but made it to Milton (thanks for waiting blokes).
Someone missed our (late) lunch stop and by that time we decided to skip the Clyde Ridge Rd leg, and head straight to Batemans Bay, our overnight destination
Dinner and drinks at the Mariner Hotel was great and a good chance to chat to new friends, and catch up with old ones.