So back in the late 70s / early 80s my now late friend Ken and I used to ride around the Lake Manchester area. It was State Forest then and strictly forbidden. For those in the Brisbane area the access point was between Mt Nebo and Mt Glorious. A locked gate with multiple padlocks in series allowed farmers on the western side of the range to access the Mt Glorious road to Brisbane. Now it is National Park it is really forbidden.
We took a bolt cutter with us, cut a link out of the chain and installed our own padlock. Through circumstances I happened to have a padlock that was ex Telecom and stamped as such. So the lock was never removed. You could ride through the most wondrous forest roads, all very quiet and eventually come out at Fernvale.
There was a series of tracks (firebreaks) and one led to this large billabong that we called the platypus pool, because we would see them in it. Amazing. Once we changed from 2 strokes to 4 strokes we saw so much more wild life. Once day we were in a bit of a hollow and had the stove on for a coffee. Heard this trail bike coming at high speed.... Ken says that guy will come over the crest in the road and hit us. So I walked up the hill to spy him. A young bloke.. took one look and me and promptly locked his wheels up, fell off the bike and both he and the bike slid down the road towards us.
It turns out.. I always wore ex RAAF shirts... and he thought I was a ranger.
I understand you can now walk and ride MTB in that area. Anyhow.. was cleaning up a box of old prints at the studio and came across some images for that area. God it was nice.
Doc Ken was amazing on is bike.. considering he suffered from cystic fibrosis and only had a few years left... he and I did some amazing exploring back then.
His two rules were:
1. You always have to eat lunch by water.
2. You can never go home until you see what is around the next corner.
That rule #2 made for some late nights getting back home.
Anyhow.. here are some pix....
|Me with the Yamaha XT250G. Gutless bike.|
|Dr Ken with his Honda XR200|
|Another creek crossing.|
|The country around here is beautiful|