Perth to Albany 1987

Perth to Albany – The Great Ride 1987


Perth to Albany, 12 day 779 km bicycle tour 1987. This Great Ride of 1987 was a major departure from previous rides, those between 1977-1985, and contained the ‘Chesapeake Road’ episode which has become a life metaphor and was referred to in the 1998 ride story (Cottesloe to Windy Harbour). This ride was not surpassed […]

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Perth to Balingup 1987

Balingup Sign

Perth to Balingup, day 1, Monday 5 October 1987. Caught the Australind train to Bunbury. Fine, southerly headwind. Speedo read 11111 at Bunbury – the devil’s number. A bad omen? Time would tell. I left the rail terminal just before 1 and headed down North Boyanup Road. First stop was Donnybrook where I rested a […]

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Balingup to Manijimup 1987

Manjimup sign

Balingup to Manijimup, day 2, Tuesday 6 October. I left for Manjimup at 8:53, rode over the bridge and up the steep curving hill past the ruined chimney. Got up Hester’s Hill before Bridgetown without getting off. Rested for drink and food at Bridgetown. The road is less hilly towards Manjimup. Just out of …

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Manjimup to Northcliffe 1987

karri forest

Manjimup to Northcliffe, day 3, Wednesday 7 October. Sky overcast. Drizzle began as I turned right onto the Vasse Highway, heading for Pemberton. The gear levers began to squeak. I stopped in Pemberton for refreshments. A woman travelling around in a caravan with her husband came to ask my advice on bike-riding round the …

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Northcliffe to Walpole and the Chesapeake Road 1987

Walpole-Nornalup National Park

Northcliffe to Walpole and the Chesapeake Road, day 4, Thursday 8 October. I left Northcliffe at 7:07 on a cool but sunny morning with a light westerly, went down the Windy Harbour road for about 6km then turned left into Chesapeake Road. This was an exciting moment as I ventured beyond paved road into …

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Walpole to Denmark 1987

Denmark welcome

Day 5, Walpole to Denmark, day 5, Friday 9 October. I decided to make a detour, on the way to Denmark, through the Valley of the Giants. I intended to stop at the first picnic spot shown on the map, then return to the SC highway via Rate Road, thereby not adding much to …

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Denmark to Albany 1987


Day 6, Denmark to Albany, day 6, Saturday 10 October. The morning was sunny and cool but as I feared a strong and freshening wind blew from the east – the direction in which I was heading. I left shortly after 8 and was under pressure on this day because I wanted to get …

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Albany to Mount Barker 1987

Mt Barker Plantagenet Hotel

Albany to Mount Barker, day 7, Sunday 11 October. The roaring easterly that had blown all night and now freshened, helped me for the first few km, but was so strong that the effort of holding a straight riding line cancelled whatever relief it gave me. By Narrikup it was blowing straight across my path. […]

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Mount Barker to Cranbrook 1987

Cranbrook Hotel

Mount Barker to Cranbrook, day 8, Monday 12 October. The morning was overcast and the wind blew gale-force, spitting rain, from the north-east. I had thought the previous night that it would be good to turn right off the Albany Highway at Kendenup and take a detour through the western edge of the Stirlings. …

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Cranbrook to Kojonup 1987


Cranbrook to Kojonup, day 9, Tuesday 13 October. The wind had shifted round to the north-west overnight but maintained its intensity. I was now heading north-west. I hoped that it might shift southerly during the day but there was no chance of that, according to the radio, because the approaching cold front wasn’t due through […]

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