Munda Biddi facts

Most roads will not have name signs on them. Some gravel road names on the Munda Biddi maps do not agree with GPS maps or Road atlas names. This makes navigating difficult especially if you are off the Munda Biddi trail (for whatever reason).

Many roads and most of the trail does not come up on my GPS. I am just in the middle of the bush as far as it is concerned. Yours maybe be better, but plan on it being of little help.

Do not plan to get water at any streams on the map, as they are usually dry. Signs pointing to water are usually for fire fighting purposes, so only useable in desperate situations. Water is at huts or towns only (recommended that it is treated at huts), and even the Parks and Wildlife Service says they do not guarantee water will be at the huts (I have never seen empty or even very low tanks, but it may happen).

Get used to starting the day tired and sore. You will get used to it as long as you don't go over board. It's a fact on multi day rides. Imagine how they feel in the Tour De France!

Most of the Munda Biddi Trail is without reliable mobile phone service - expect it only in towns. So when you get a signal at a hut or on a hill top, it is a bonus. Make sure you have a fully charged phone with you when you are on the Trail. In the event of an emergency try to call 112, which may be able to contact emergency services even without service coverage.

If riding in a group, make sure someone is the navigator and they are not distracted by others who are chatting while following.

If you want anything in the hut - bring it with you! Bring your own toilet paper, reading material, and friends. Plan on nothing being provided. You are unlikely to share a hut, especially South of Collie, except maybe on long week ends. If you bring it in, take it out i.e. rubbish. No bins are provided at the huts.

Load your bike with all you gear and get a few day rides or an overnighter in before you hit the trail for a multi day ride, preferably on dirt in the hills. Make sure everything works before you are committed to days with out being able to change anything.

Just because it was ok last time, does not guarantee it will be ok this time

10 tips for riding the Munda Biddi

1. Join the Munda Biddi Trail Foundation (as of August 2016, membership is free), buy the official maps and always leave a itinerary with someone at home. The maps have all the safety information you need - I haven't repeated it here because you will have the maps! My notes complement the maps, but do not replace them.
2. Check here for any diversions before you go and print them out to carry with you. Learn what is expected of you i.e. take your rubbish out from the huts.
3. Be prepared - bike spares, first aid kit, EPIRB, water, sunscreen, bum cream etc. Some maps are very isolated e.g. Map 7 is 130 km between 2 very small towns with no services in between. I guarantee you will need the bum cream!
4. You are most probably more dehydrated than you realise. Drink up when you get the chance. A 2% loss of fluids causes a lethargy and makes riding a lot harder.
5. Eat regularly. Avoid big meals, but have smaller meals often. Sure, grab a huge lunch when in a town, but eat half now and half later. You will feel sluggish if you over eat.
6. Follow the diversions - don't try to be smarter than the Parks and Wildlife Service and take your own short cuts, as they seldom work. I have tried and failed, and the punishment is back tracking.
7. Remember when you saw the last trail marker. It maybe over 2 km between them.
8. Top up your food, water and power (for phones, cameras etc) when you can. You may get to the next place and not be able to get what you were expecting. However, do not carry so much back up stuff it slows you down. Nothing is worse than looking at the kilograms of food you just carried for hundreds of kilometres and didn't eat.
9. Don't be a hero on hills. Don't go into the "red zone" riding up them - you still have a lot more riding to do today and over the next few days. It's the same coming down them. A small awkward fall could mean pulling out of the rest of the trip, and spoiling your mates ride as well. A short up hill walk stretches the back and legs and makes a nice change of position anyway.
10. Make it a journey, not a destination. When you plan to ride from A to B over a set time, you become a slave to a schedule and the end is your goal. You have to focus on keeping to your time table, getting the kilometres up, and have no time to explore, relax or enjoy. When it is a journey, you have flexibility, a more easy going attitude and are more open to explore. I see a lot of riders who ride the Munda Biddi Trail quickly, but don't actually see much apart from 5 metres of the Trail in front of them.

Disclaimers

This website is not endorsed by the official Munda Biddi Trail Foundation, although they do use some of my material and link back to this site. My site is aimed at offering you extra information the Munda Biddi Trail maps do not contain as well as my personal opinions from riding the Munda Biddi trail with the aim of helping you plan your ride better. While your safety is my concern, it is your responsibility. Wear a helmet, ride a properly maintained bike, be Sunsmart, advise someone at home of your itinerary and be prepared. If you have read this far, you are not an idiot and you know the drill.

This guide is intended to complement the Munda Biddi Trail maps and is not to be used on its own. The details provided can change, from Summer to Winter, from year to year. I always consult the Parks and Wildlife Service website for route diversions (here), which do occur regularly. The Munda Biddi Trail Foundation is now free to join, so please support the people who have put this world class ride together.

These are all my photos so please do not use them elsewhere without my permission. Likewise the diary, statistics and route sheets are my own work - please do not use it else where.

I have only seen one Munda Biddi marker that was pointing the wrong way and it was on a temporary deviation ( see Map 8 Sept 2013). I am sure I have made an error somewhere in my thousands of distance calculations and directional changes. If you notice any errors please tell me and I will change my info. If in doubt - the Munda Biddi trail markers are correct!

The information provided is made available in good faith and is believed to be reliable and accurate. However, the information is provided solely on the basis that riders will be responsible for making their own assessment of the information provided.

If you intend riding to the Munda Biddi Trail on roads, make sure you are very visible to vehicles coming behind you. Wear bright clothing or a hi vis vest and put on a very bright rear tail light. Ride predictably and stay very aware, especially if you are tired.

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