Nannup to Donnelly River
Munda Biddi Trail
30th August 2021
The Ride - With the first week of the Munda Biddi under our belt, having covered over 400km of the 1065km trail, this section heading out of Nannup would mark the start of some more relaxed riding. I had chosen to take a rest day in Nannup as it meant our partners could come down on a weekend and it also felt more of a natural rest stop after the kilometres we had covered in the first week. With a wet and miserable rest day on the Sunday spent enjoying Lavender Farms, Cheese Farms and nanna naps, my family arrived for the afternoon to say hello as they only live an hour away in Funbury.
Having a spot of afternoon tea, it soon became time to say goodbye to Caris as she had to drive back home for work the next day. After being away from home for a week, this 24 hour visit felt very fleeting and it would be another two weeks until we would finish and see each other again. It was a bit of a sombre afternoon after saying goodbye to the girls but my family was still there so we hung out in the playground near the caravan park as the sun finally made an appearance for the day. Eventually they departed back to Funbury and Aron and I returned to our respective accommodation. Being back on the bikes tomorrow, I got some packing done before settling into bed for some much needed rest and to watch the Belgium Grand Prix with my Salmon and Avocado Bagel from Melo Velo. Unfortunately it was a fizzle as it was raining heavily and the race was called off after two laps under the safety car. I was super tired anyway so was asleep pretty early and in a deep slumber in no time.
Waking up the next morning, we could afford a late start as there weren't many kilometres to cover today but with some shifty weather predicted, I did want to be in Donnelly River by mid afternoon so we could enjoy one of the more unique locations along the trail. Checking out of our accommodation, Aron and I decided to meet up at Melo Velo for breakfast and it was a nice way to leave town as I'd enjoyed this cycle friendly business a few times during our stay. Given we were staying in towns or settlements for the next five nights, having a warm meal every morning and night was going to be a regular thing so we warmed up with a cooked breakfast and coffee. This was fuel for one of the biggest climbs of the entire trail, a 280m ascent that I wasn't too concerned about given the climb was over 18km of riding and on mostly tarmac. With breakfast done, we set about departing from Nannup and headed towards East Nannup Road and the start of the climbing. It was a bit of a cold and grey morning but the ascent would get the legs pumping as we gently cruised through some farmland and the occasional thicker lining of trees on the roadside.