Jinung Beigabup to Denmark
Munda Biddi Trail
Jinung Beigabup Hut
8th September 2021
The Ride - Arriving at Jinung Beigabup, this was meant to be the finish for this particular day but given the weather, I had other plans. With a decent chunk of rain predicted for the afternoon and most of the following day, I didn't want to experience the only section of coastline you see on the Munda Biddi in rainy conditions, plus have the camera put away for the entire day as we got soaked. With that in mind, I powered through the first 56km of the day and met Aron at the campsite after he had taken a shortcut along Harewood Road to ensure he could make it Denmark.
To say the reception at camp was a little frosty would be accurate as Aron was not a happy bunny at the thought of riding almost 100km in a day. The reward was a rest day in Denmark and the feeling of accomplishment that comes with pushing the boundaries every now and then, although I don't believe he saw it this way at the time. I was excited to ride on and was hoping the weather stayed away until we reached town so refilled my water bottles, had a snack and signed the log books. Aron left before me to get a head start on the final 48km and I took the time to photograph the campsite before loading up the bike for the second half of the day. With Jinung Beigabup located on top of a hill and the coastline being located at sea level (for obvious reasons), I was expecting the first half of this day to be a nice cruisy downhill. Leaving camp, this was certainly the case with single track through some dense undergrowth providing some fun times as you negotiate the twists and turns.
Reaching Champion Lane, you join the gravel road as it makes its way through the farmlands situated north of Denmark. This is the type of relaxing country road riding that makes for an enjoyable experience as the thick trees that have been saved from the chop provide a nice little shroud. Turning left onto Harewood Road, this is the route Aron took due to his shortcut and I found him not far along the road, which was a surprise considering how long of a head start he had. Turns out he met a man walking his dogs and stopped to have a chat and more importantly, pats with the doggos. I noticed that even though it wasn't raining, he had chosen to put on his horrible yellow pack cover but given I was making him double hut today, I bit my tongue on this terrible life choice. At the end of Harewood Road you turn onto Scotsdale Road and being a popular tourist road, I advise a bit of caution when riding along here. Aron seemed in a slightly happier mood and the gentle riding along the paved road as we passed Harewood Estate and Ducketts Mill certainly helped.