Adventure begins at your own front door. It’s about planning an escape that you think might be fun without exactly knowing the outcome. An adventure is also an experience. It's a chance to escape to places that make us feel good - at the time, and when we are recounting the stories to others long after we're home.
Escape your glorious mundane to join me in Regional NSW, where we immerse ourselves in nature-based self-propelled experiential adventure and enjoy the delicious home-grown gastronomic delights cultivated by fabulous country people.
Escapalicious connects and promotes Australian Regional communities on the trails less travelled. Like-minded explorers can visualize connection pathways and opportunities for adventure on the same paths taken over time by others.
The Central West Cycle
The Central West Cycle (CwC) trail creates a loop around the central west of NSW of almost 400km. It is a very generous bike trail designed to give cyclists a week long ride and a great, memorable cycling experience. In comparison Victoria’s Great Ocean Road ride is only 250km, while NZ’s iconic Otago Trail is 150km.
The loop will encourage new visitors to come the Central West of NSW and breathe life into the small villages and towns.
Furthermore, the CwC trail travels through Wiradjuri country, providing participants to experience the landscape, Early Colonial Australian History including "Explorers", " Bushrangers", "Goldfields" and "Pastoral Runs" and cycle an ever changing landscape of Towns, Villages, Farming, National Park and Reserves.
Are you up for the challenge of our ultimate ride? Canowindra has plenty of hills and spectacular scenery.
The historic township of Canowindra is located on the Belubula River in the central west of New South Wales. Canowindra derives its name from the indigenous Wiradjuri Aboriginal word meaning 'home' or 'camping place'.
Canowindra's famous crooked main street features many historic buildings providing accommodation, food, coffee, art and old wares, with quintessential old pubs scattered along it's route.
I live in north central Victoria. This area is not currently recognised by many as a cycling destination, including by local government.
However, I think the extensive grid of local gravel roads, that now get much less traffic because of loss of irrigation water and farm consolidation, are an opportunity for cycling. Particularly when coupled with clay roads and scenic river tracks.
Gravel cycling and bikepacking are the biggest growth areas in cycling at present, and northern Victoria is well placed to benefit.
Desire Lines Cycling Club
There’s something infinitely beautiful about desire lines. Unlike Henry Grabar, I don’t see them as an act of defiance; people wilfully ignoring footpaths, roads, and signs.
Rather, I see desire lines as an act of creative expression. A human desire to leave behind manufactured, concrete paths and embrace a moment of nature, even if it’s just for a brief moment.
It’s this desire to leave behind the grey bitumen and asphalt of the cities, and enter into our natural environment, that’s driving increasing numbers of people towards the world of adventure cycling, in all its glorious forms.
Ride High Country
Welcome to the High Country. You’re standing in my backyard and I couldn’t be more stoked to have you here!
Growing up just a stone’s throw from Mount Beauty, I was spoilt for choice when it came to cycling, from incredible mountain biking to great road riding. Spending all my spare time riding bikes with my four brothers, we had endless options for epic adventure, racing each other on new trails and having the time of our lives.
So Good Cycles
So Good Cycles is a 2-person operation located in Newcastle NSW. We’re all about riding to have fun.
Currently, So Good Cycles largely exists as the website, and a small workshop space here in Newcastle. However, with some luck we’re hoping to expand through 2022, so do stay tuned.
The Route Explorer is intended to act as a database of route knowledge; it allows users to input a set of criteria regarding a route, and view any relevant results.