Ride Day 11 - Hawker to Rawnsley Park - Blinman or Bust by Bike - CycleBlaze

November 2, 2023

Ride Day 11 - Hawker to Rawnsley Park

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On a day traveling through a lot of spaces with no trees, it was nice to find a shade trade under which to stop for morning tea.
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The first- and second sections of a very steep, rocky descent below Mernmerna Hill. I would imagine that more non-experienced mountain bikers come to grief here than any other spot along the Mawson Trail.
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Near the entrance to the Mount Little Station someone made excellent use of their already-totaled 4WD.
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The views from within Mt Little Station, until the trail temporarily joins the bitumen Outback Highway, are beautiful -- see the next 12 photos.
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Following a 10km ride along the paved Outback Highway, the Mawson Trail travels along the 28km-long Moralana Scenic Drive. The views are absolutely gorgeous here. The corrugations in the dirt road were diabolically deep and unavoidable over about half of the 28 kms.
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At the end of the Moralana Scenic Road, the Mawson turns north onto the paved Flinders Ranges Way, which leads to the turnout for Rawnsley Park. Along this stretch I caught a first glimpse of the uniquely layered mineral deposits of the Elder Range (pictured here).
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At the end of the day's ride, the view behind our cabin at Rawnsley Park, where we stayed for four nights.
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Peter MayerYou a right about Mernmerna Hill. Bike SA told us best to walk this section, but of course I knew better. I got my front wheel wedged in an erosion channel and somersaulted, breaking two ribs by landing on the handlebar. A rather sore ride to Blinman after that.
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