Gates, Corrugations and a great ride

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....

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Comment by Dabba on June 1, 2009 at 10:16am
Rob, was the ride as tough as the profile suggests?
Comment by RobK on June 1, 2009 at 10:57am
Hi Darrell, it wasn't too bad from a hill perspective. The only bit I walked was for a couple of hundred metres after crossing Paddys River. I wasn't carrying camping stuff, so load wasn't that heavy. Some good corrugations though!
Comment by Dabba on June 1, 2009 at 11:30am
Must nearly be time for your next tour!
Comment by Caroline Homburg on June 1, 2009 at 9:51pm
I did this ride on Saturday with Rob yes it was a good climb out of Paddys River but I made it without walking but ye only had the 1 pannier. Highlight of this ride for me was Paddys River would make a fantastic swimming hole on a warm day. Canyonleigh Cafe have great coffee, homemade slices and hot chips. Great Day Ride. Thanks Rob.
Comment by Mark on June 1, 2009 at 10:11pm
hmmmm, M4 with gates every few km, give us a proper East / West route safe to take the kids to Penrith....
Comment by RobK on June 1, 2009 at 10:30pm
Mark, That thought had entered my mind too....but quickly left as maybe a little unpractical. But I like the way you're thinking! It may be called brainstorming in some quarters.
Comment by Mark on June 1, 2009 at 10:32pm
In peak times, I can cruise past the carpark on the M4, so why not discourage those poor unfortunate car users more?
Comment by Caroline Homburg on June 1, 2009 at 10:46pm
Yes all cyclists get a remote control so they dont have to unclip.

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