We followed Allan Cunninghamn’s journey to the historic pass through the Great Dividing Range last week, and continued the theme today: exploring more of his travels in in a scenic loop west of Ipswich, over the Little Liverpool Range to Laidley and back again.
We started at Grandchester, a small town on the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba., and home to one of the oldest railway stations on Queensland.
As if on cue, a coal train rolled past. I raised my fist above my head and pulled it down a couple of times while yelling “blow your horn!” Drivers at Railway University must learn these hand signals because the driver obligingly gave us a “toot” as he passed us. I chuckled manically to myself.
We passed a couple of blokes in a field next to us, who had graded a perfect looking road through their property. It looked very inviting, so we sheepishly asked them if we could jump the fence and ride on their nice track instead. Brendan and David were amused to see us, and kindly let us ride on their side of the fence to the top of the hill. Thanks guys!
We rode a total of 48km in five hours including several leisurely breaks.
We climbed a total of 940 metres in ascent, and I burned 2,100 kcal.
Physically, this is a reasonably easy ride, but it has one or two steep sections with some moderately challenging descents.
I’ll rate it 6.5 out of 10 on the tough-o-meter – BUT take care on the downhill bits!
Thanks Becca, Paul, Jason R and Jason G for a fun day out.