|Putty Road to Wollombi|
|This page was last modified: 05 March 2001|
The Putty Road runs North from Windsor 170km's to Singleton. A whole day's ride can be made of this road by making a return to Sydney via Wollombi and the Old Pacific Hwy. To quote from Performance Streetbike #61 Jan 2000. "If there is one stretch of road guaranteed to test your riding skills and bravery and the handling of your motorcycle, then perhaps the Putty is the one."
Meeting place: Macquarie Park(image) on the northern bank of the Hawkesbury River at Winsor.
About the road: The early sections from Windsor through Wilberforce follows the Hawkesbury before following the ridges to the steep decent to find the Colo River. The last bend before the river is a hair pin left-hander which requires extra caution. After an optional stop at the Colo River general store, the road is made up of smooth, uphill sweepers with blind corners and some exits hidden over small crests. Armco and rock are your catch fences as the careless have found. The road then becomes filled with faster bends and gets bumpy until the turn off to Putty, (don't take the turn) on a newer road surface with faster bends before more tighter corners just before the Halfway Roadhouse.
The fast road continues before it dives into a narrow valley. This Valley is signposted 35-55km/h and is this the most chalenging part of the ride. It is a narrow road through the valley, so keep away from the other side of the road as cars and trucks like to cross the white lines. After some 16 km of tight bends, the road opens up to farmland. Take the turn at Milbrodale to Broke/Cessnock this is a good quality road with great vision around most of the corners. Turn right after the wooden bridge for a top-up of the go faster juice, and then head to Wollombi for a great lunch at the Wollombi Tavern. Just beforeyou get to Wollombi there is about 300 metres of dirt road that is not too difficult to manage on any bike. There is also petrol available at the Old Northern Trading Post south of Wollombi at Laguna.
Leaving Wollombi, the road is narrow before becoming faster on a well surfaced road to Central Mangrove. There is usually a bit more traffic along this road, and some places do not leave much room for over taking. The choices from here are to head back to Sydney via Wisemans Ferry or via the overly policed 'Old Road' (aka Pacific Hwy). This decision is best decided on the day as the road down to Wisemans Ferry requires all the senses to still be operating at 100%. Don't attempt this road if you are at all tired.
This incarnation of the web page has been designed and created by Brendan Byrne March 2001. The fonts and backround designed by Tim Streets.
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