Collie Junction to Nglang Boodja
Munda Biddi Trail
Nglang Boodja Hut
26th August 2021
The Ride - With the decision to not ride into Collie and stay the night due to needing to catch up on our schedule, Aron and I had a bit of a break at the trail junction to enjoy a snack and to rehydrate. While I had heard good things about the ride into Collie and a pizza would have been great tonight, we had accommodation booked in Donnybrook and Nannup so it's a side-trip I'll save for a later date. The goal for the day was to ride through Wellington National Park and on to Nglang Boodja Campsite, our last camping spot until after Northcliffe thanks to a golden run of town to town sections coming up.
With a bit of rain falling in the morning, I knew that more was forecast for the afternoon, I just wasn't sure when. The clouds to the south west looked ominous but not too threatening so after our little break we loaded up the bikes and departed. The excellent forest that we experienced leading towards the junction continued with a creek system providing a lush landscape to ride through including one of many small bridges for the day. I was happy to see some fungi surviving here on a bit of rotting wood, a nice break from the unrelenting procession of wildflowers that lined the trail. After crossing another powerline (unavoidable around the Collie region), I was happy to spot my first and only Native Rose, a wildflower that was abundant on my Cape to Cape adventure last year and one I have come to really enjoy. Up ahead is a landmark that all Munda Biddi riders will naturally stop at, whether they know about the popularity of the spot or not.
A large fallen tree that has had the middle chopped out provides a nice spot to rest your bike and take a photo, one I've seen a lot on the Munda Biddi FaceSpace group. One does not simply ride past this point without a photo so in the bright sunshine I lined up the shot and hoped the harsh lighting didn't ruin my shot (I think I recovered it enough). Happy with getting a photo, I moved on towards the last railway crossing we would have today and as luck would have it, we would get a train passing through that was full of material from the nearby Worsley Refinery. I snapped a couple of photos as we battled through some fallen branches that were partially blocking the trail but by the time we reached the crossing, the train had passed. The railway crossing sees you come off the nice single track and onto the wide Worsley Back Road as it heads through Harris State Forest. This coincides with a smol puppa hill so it was nice to trundle along under the canopy of the trees and focus on maintaining a rhythm.