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Bikepacking the Holland Track: The Salsa Mukluk

Holland Track Day 2: Salsa Mukluk at Granite Rock Outcrop

My first bikepacking ride and the first serious outing for my Salsa Mukluk fatbike. This photo was taken on second day of my ride of the Holland Track. It shows a typical trail marker found where the Track crosses a granite outcrop. On one or two occasions these trail markers where missing in action resulting in some interesting riding around in circles to find the most likely egress point. Oh the bike performed well the packing not so much. A few small changes bags are in train before the next bikepacking trip.

The photo was taken with a Panasonic DMC-LX100, f/5.6, ISO 200, 1/1250 and processed in Lightroom CC 2015.10.1


Munda Biddi Trail – Mundaring to Albany – An Overview

Having ridden the Munda Biddi Trail from end-to-end unsupported I thought it was time to summarise in one post the Munda Biddi Trail and to hopefully provide a useful quick and dirty guide.

(Updated June 29, 2017 – Add link to download the GPX file for the Munda Biddi Trail)


The Munda Biddi Trail is a 1,000 kilometre long distance cycling trail, described by the Munda Biddi Foundation as a “nature-based off-road cycling experience”. Unfortunately the marketing department at the Munda Biddi Foundation has let the truth get in the way in my view and this description really does not reflect the reality of the Trail which is more a mix of some single-track, a lot of forestry and country dirt roads and a fair amount of bitumen riding; not quite the nature-based off-road cycling experience suggested by the Foundation. Please don’t get me wrong but; there is some great riding to be had on the Trail, but it is not all off-road or a necessarily a great experience. More so south of Collie where the rush to spend the Royalties for Regions funding before the 2013 state election got in the way of good trail building.

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