Donnybrook to Nala Mia
Munda Biddi Trail
Nala Mia Hut
28th August 2021
The Ride - I love the South West of WA and when I was planning out this Munda Biddi E2E, this next section was one that I was really looking forward to. While there had been some town stays in the first week, the next seven days would see us ride from town to town as we criss-crossed the heartland of this stunning region. Making this day a little bit special was getting to see our partners, who were driving down to meet us in Nannup for our first rest day. Having slept like a log the night before, I was up around 7am and began packing my things together before meeting Aron for breakfast at the Big Apple Bakery.
With another long day of riding ahead, it would have been nice to start early but our bikes were locked up in the storage area of the Donnybrook Hotel and as there is no one living on site, we had to wait for someone to arrive before we could get going. After breakfast we eventually located someone but the old bloke wasn't in a rush so by the time we loaded up and departed, it was closer to 8:30am. This wasn't such a big deal as I was no stranger to this section given I had ridden it as an overnighter the previous year with my podcast partner. The hills weren't that difficult and it was a much cruisier ride than what we had tackled in the last week so I was confident we would be in Nannup by mid-afternoon. The weather for today was looking like a chance of a shower so perfect riding weather as we left Donnybrook and headed along the spur trail out of town. We passed the guard doggo we saw the previous afternoon and were soon at the trail junction where we would head left to go towards Nannup.
I absolutely loved the riding from this point on during my last visit, despite riding a heavy and almost un-rideable mountain bike. Once you enter the forest there are plenty of wildflowers, orchids and one of my favourite plants in the South West, the Pineapple Bush. The combination of wide gravel roads and enclosed single track (without being overgrown) makes for a really enjoyable ride and the cloudy weather gave some great lighting conditions. I was stopping quite a bit and then catching up to Aron as we both bumbled through the mixed forest and towards the first of many farmland sections for the day. I love that this area has a good variety of farm and forest with the vast land clearing not as apparent when you arrive at the edge of a paddock thanks to swathes of forest in the distance. Reaching the first medium puppa climb of the day, you traverse the edge of a farm that switches between open paddock and tall Marri/Jarrah forest with the State Forest on your right providing the opportunity to spot more wildflowers. I kept my Black Cockatoo streak alive with an early spotting, although the lighting wasn't very good for photographing them.