Some vert for the long weekend: GDT Bikepacking

This afternoon I am jumping in the car and driving 7 hours to Castlemaine, Victoria, for the inaugural Great Diving Trail (GDT) Bikepacking event.

The loop is about 400km in length and circular-ish: starting from Bendigo we’ll head -> Castlemaine -> Daylesford -> Ballarat -> Mt Bunninyong (all via the GDT). From the top we’ll make our way down to Bacchus Marsh via Ballan singletrack and then follow the path Bacchus Marsh -> Daylesford -> Castlemaine.

GDT Route (elevation numbers incorrect)

GDT Route (elevation numbers incorrect)

All up there should be around 9000 vertical meters climbing, so not a walk in the park!

With temperatures expected between 30 – 35 degrees C during the day and not dropping below about 12 overnight, I have decided to go without a sleeping bag. I have my Tarptent tent, sleeping mat and silk liner. Hopefully combined with my puff jacket (should it come to that) I’ll be fine!

This will be my first time navigating with the Garmin ETrex, so here’s hoping I come out of the Victorian bush alive… My only goal is to finish, or complete what I can without injury. It will be a steep learning curve I fear, but that is what adventures are about right?

There is a dedicated tracking page for all us starters, so you can watch our dots:

Report to come later next week!!


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