You know you’re in for some climbing when the guide book to Duck Creek Rd gives you “Climbing Technique” tips……
At just after 9am on a Monday morning we took off on our bikes to ride up Duck Creek Rd to O’Reilly’s. We parked at the first gate we came to as it seemed to have more space to park all the cars and it was only a short ride from here to where the dirt began.
What a beautiful day Jenny had picked for this ride. Hardly a cloud in the sky and here we are out in the country on a winters morning and it wasn’t even freezing cold.
The first hill of the day was just around the corner from the cars and thankfully I found this lovely sign to take a picture of so I could stop for a breather after only 20 meters of climbing, huffing and puffing while getting the camera out. Fortunately as always, once you find your riding legs and climbing lungs the rest is always so much easier.
Another common trick that seems to happen when you know you have a mountain to climb is that the track will first go down hill to make sure you are at the lowest point in the valley to start the climb and this is exactly what happen, a quick down hill to the gate and the donation box where we deposited the suggested $3 per car (we have bikes?) and then to a flat section through a paddock full of majestic looking country cows before the real climbing began. Here we go….Up to O’Reilly’s.
The first climb was well and truly up and also a bit wet and slippery, but after that the track had good traction the whole way. A couple of little muddy sections along the way on some flat bits but overall not too bad. The last time it rained was about a week ago.
So up we went, the fast climbers soon where out of sight, the plodders like me just slowly eating up the hills a little at a time and the others just attacking the hills and getting up as best they could.
The first 6km or so where steep, real steep in parts but all rideable. As Wendy waited at scenic points along the road for us all to catch up Caitlin treated the day like a training session, sailing down the hill past us to the bottom rider, doing hill repeats! She zoomed past me at least 3 times on those first 6kms, maybe she doesn’t like getting cold waiting for us to catch up, or maybe – more likely is that Caitlin loves hills. I love up hills too (not as much as Caitlin) and was loving eating up all those kms and getting to the terrific views.
We also got lots of amazed looks from the 4WD owners. One guy just couldn’t believe anyone, let alone us could ride up this track and another lady just stared at us….lost for words.
Jenny had suggested we ride Duck Creek Road on a weekday so to avoid the weekend 4WDer’s. Last time she rode this, she only saw 3! Today we came across too many to count but they all gave us plenty of room and where very polite thankfully.
The hill just before the monument to Duck Creek Road was a cracker and I was relieved to see Wendy there waiting and admiring the magnificent view. We all eventually arrived and many a photo was taken.
After this the road did not seem so steep and we kept a bit closer together.
We covered the km’s quicker and arrived at the best view of Mt Lindsey and Mt Barney I’ve ever seen. Wow, wow, wow. The rain forest opened up to a clearing and the view was amazing. Naturally lots of photos were taken here.
Only a small push to the main road from here and sign said 3km to O’Reilly’s.
Some big hills to conquer first and real cars on the road too but before long we’d made it to the top. What a great feeling that was.
Lunch at the top inside the café with views not a patch on what we’d seen already. My toasted roast beef sandwich and super sized hot chocolate hit the spot as did relaxing and basking in the achievement of riding to the top to O’Reilly’s.
We posed for a photo and some wise words from “Where to Mountain Bike in South East Queensland” on how to descend safely……”control your speed and arrive home unscathed” then took off down hill.
Wendy and Caitlin zoomed down the road, the rest of us taking it a bit more easy. We re-grouped a couple of times along the way, but really just zoomed down past all those memorable landmarks we’d seen very slowly on the way up.
We couldn’t go down too fast actually as we sort of followed a slow 4WD at the start – keeping a suitable distance away from the dust and diesel fumes. We went past him at the half way lookout so had a reprieve for a while but he caught up to Caitlin and Wendy again at the steep bit down near the bottom, slowing down their fun. At the gate with all the cows around him he WAITED for the girls to OPEN THE GATE FOR HIM. Chicks doing their bit for “scared of cows” 4WD drivers.
After the gate we just had one more hill to ride up before a quick downhill and back to the cars. Thank-you ladies for a most wonderful day.
Duck Creek Rd is about 30mins drive south of Beaudesert.