Using my Munda Biddi route sheet summaries (RSS)

Please note: Buy the official Munda Biddi maps - my information is a compliment to them, not a replacement for them

Access for each map/ride includes:

  • Access to detailed route sheets that record every single marker (except those less than 100m from the last marker) and track conditions. There are 2500 markers over the 1000km! Viewable on website only, but ideal for planning and research. 
  • Route sheet summaries that record every change of direction marker (but not the Keep Straight on markers). Printable, to carry with you, and compliment the Munda Biddi maps.
  • Detailed routes on getting to and from the Trail for Maps 1~4 plus a couple of short cuts. Printable, to carry with you.
  • .gpx files which turn your smart phone into a GPS as a navigational back up (see separate page on "Using GPS on the Munda Biddi")

To access, simply go to the "Route Sheets" tab, select the main ride, then the "Download GPX file" and "Download Route Summary Sheet" buttons will appear under the map. Clicking on them will download the files to your Downloads folder.

The Munda Biddi rides I have documented are:

  • Nannup to Donnybrook and on to Bunbury Train station (Dec 2015)
  • Collie to Logue Brook Dam - overnighter (Oct 2015)
  • August 2015 Carinyah to Mundaring, day ride
  • July 2015 Waterous Loop and Jarrahdale to Carinyah hut, 2 day rides
  • June 2015 Day ride Dwellingup to Dandalup Dam, then on to Mandurah, Railway Reserves Heritage Trail, 2 day rides
  • May 2015 Logue Brook Dam to Dwellingup 2 days
  • Dec '14/Jan '15 Denmark to Albany, Denmark Nornalup Heritage Trail. 5 x day rides
  • Nov '14 Northcliffe to Denmark 3 days
  • Sept '14 Nannup to Northcliffe 3 days
  • June '14 Dwellingup to Logue brook Dam 2 days
  • June 2014 Collie to Nannup 3 days
  • May 2014 Dwellingup to Collie 2 days
  • April 2014 Mundaring to Dwellingup 3 x day rides
  • Dec 2013 Albany to Greens Pool 2 x day rides
  • Sept - Oct 2013 Albany to Dwellingup 14 days
  • May 2013 Waterous Loop 2 days
  • May 2013 Kessner Rd (Pinjarra) to Brookton Hway 3 days
  • June 2011 Dwellingup to Brookton Hway 3 days
  • Oct 2010 Mundaring to Dwellingup 3 days
  • Nov 2008 Nannup to Jarrahdale 6 days
  • Feb 2004 Mundaring to Dwellingup 4 days
  • Plus I have also ridden plenty of day rides and overnighters that I haven't documented.

How I collected the info:

I tracked my ride with Cyclemeter, a now free app, which tracks the route with GPS. To conserve battery life I turned the screen off and used my trip meter on my bike computer to record all the data ie turns, conditions etc. My bike computer details are measured down to 0.1km or 100m. Don't stress about the difference. You will use my route sheet summaries as a guide to compliment the maps and trail markers.

I recorded the track notes as I went along, not afterwards. I typed it up later. There is always the chance I noted the wrong direction or kilometre marking, or missed recording a marker, but I am sure you will let me know if I did. If I walked back to take a photo, my camera is also my GPS, so the distance walked gets added to the route.

I then uploaded the data to Ride with GPS. Surprisingly the 2 programs give different distances for the ride, even though they use the same data. The differences in distance can be explained by the difference in algorithms written into the programs to interpret the data. Don't worry about it - when you are looking for a trail marker at 100m, I am sure you will spot it at 80 or 120 metres.

If you look at Map 1 and then look at my route notes, you will notice there is a lot more changes of direction than you may have expected. The map routes look fairly straight, but often there is a myriad of tracks in the area, so hence all the turns as you weave along the trails. There are about 170 directional changes on the first map. Please keep in mind that the MB markers are usually right (see the marker on a map 8 deviation that I corrected in Sept '13 that was properly fixed by Dec '13). If I have accidentally said turn one way and the MB marker says the other, then the MB marker is right- I must have made a mistake. Please advise me and I will correct it.
Use the maps and the markers on the trail as your main navigation aid, with my hard copy route sheets and notes as a back up. Your smart phone can be the back up to the back up. Tracking your route on a smart phone only will chew through the battery - my phone would not last 1 full days ride with the screen on all the time.

How to use my Route Sheet Summaries (RSS):

  • Make sure your trip computer is as accurate as possible. See: www.berkshiresports.org/index.php?ID=bikecomputertiresizecalculator
  • Calibrate against a GPS for best accuracy.
  • Print the route sheet summary.
  • Insert it in your map holder so you can ride and read it. Try this before you get to the Trail
  • Your start point should be one of my start points eg Mundaring, The Dell, Carinyah etc. Otherwise add any difference.
  • Reset your trip meter at the start point - same as on the route sheet summary.
  • Follow trail markers and expect to see a change in direction marker in the distance as indicated on route sheet summary eg 600m TR. Or use the cumulative distance on your bike computer and route sheet summary to know when to expect the next change of direction eg 10.8km TR.
  • Use the landmark features (eg sealed road crossings etc) to compare against my route sheet summary, especially if you have taken a different route due to deviations, detours etc. Add or subtract the differences to keep following the route sheet summary.
  • Refer to the Munda Biddi maps so you know where you are regularly
  • If you get distracted or miss a change of direction you will have to back track - remember to allow for this on your cumulative total.
  • Always check for diversions before you go - see here

On my RSS, the cumulative figure is very useful if you only refer to the RSS occasionally - you can quickly see where you are on the RSS by looking at your bike computer.
If you refer to my RSS at each change of direction, then the distance since the last change of direction is what is important.
Ideally, my RSS would allow you to navigate the entire trail even if all trail markers were missing. Assume it is "keep straight on" at every intersection unless indicated as a change of direction.

Don't stress......

As I have already said, the two GPS programs I use give slightly different distances for the same route. Some days the GPS is exactly the same as the bike computer - other days they are quite different. If you look at my GPS route maps, often I am supposed to be riding a road, yet the GPS recorded me as being off it! (Look at Ironstone Rd on Map 4, Nglang to Boyanup, for a great example). I recorded all my legs rounded out to the nearest 100m. You maybe worried about this but don't stress! It is near enough, and will be fine. Remember, I developed all this info from actually riding the Munda Biddi. Have a look at the sample route sheet summary at the bottom of this page - I am sure it will save you time when you get to a confusing junction, or a junction where the markers are missing.

You can also use my .gpx files to turn your smart phone into a GPS as a back as well. The .gpx files are included with the route summary sheets. See the separate "Using GPS" page.

Abbreviations used:

I have recorded all Munda Biddi markers except if they are within 100m of the last marker. Often after a change of direction marker there is a "keep straight on" marker just after, to indicate you are on the right track. I use the following abbreviations when I see a Munda Biddi marker:
TL- Turn left
VL- Veer left - not a hard turn left. Often at Y junctions
TR- Turn right
VR- Veer right - not a hard turn right. Often at Y junctions
KSO Marker- Keep straight on marker, either on a tree or log, or on a post to keep going straight on. May indicate to keep straight on when there are tracks off to the left or right, or occasionally along the route to show you are still heading in the right direction.
Form - old railway line, so usually flattish, gentle curves and not to steep. Maybe a good solid base or loose pea gravel or a mixture of both. Sleepers or rails are extremely rare.
MB- Munda Biddi Track
MBF/MBTF- Munda Biddi Foundation or Munda Biddi Trail Foundation
2wd- 2 wheel drive. Usually a track or form I could take my wife's city car down
4wd- 4 wheel drive. A rough track I would not drive my wife's city car down!
Bib Track - Bibbulmun Track- the walking equivalent of the Munda Biddi. Approximately same distance, Kalamunda to Albany and occasionally close to each other
DPaW/DEC - Dept of Parks and Wildlife, formerly Dept of Environment and Conservation
WTF - This is amazing!

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