Yesterday (Sat May 30th '09) four of us rode from Goulburn to Exeter via Canyonleigh (see bikely route
It was a great day's riding - The company, the weather (We only really started copping showers in the last 10 km or so), the warm Canyonleigh General Store/Coffee shop, and most of the route was on fairly quiet rural roads. The fact that around 30 of the 70 km was along unsealed roads may have been a contributing factor to the lack of vehicles.
On the negative side, there were some patches of reasonably good (!) corrugations along the unsealed sections.
On one section of unsealed road, between Brayton and the Paddys River crossing, we went through three or so gates over a length of a few kms.
It only struck me after the last of the gates that there had been a lack of serious corrugations for those few kms.
This got me thinking:
(1) Part of the reason there weren't many cars on this road was probably because of the gates - Having to open and close each one as you passed through. Not to mention the corrugations or cattle grids!
(2) Because of the lack of vehicles using the section between the gates, there were few corrugations.
To my thinking, having to stop and open/close gates every few kms is a small price to pay for a reasonable quality unsealed road with few cars.
I started imagining other roads that I like to ride, but with gates every few kms....
Of course, to legitimize gates, you'd have to have stock roaming freely along the roadside. Could this be the next frontier in cycle advocacy?!
The crazy ideas we have when cycling....