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Stage 312 – Newman’s Rock Campsite to The Middle of Nowhere

It’s lumpy, it’s bumpy, it’s as straight as a straight thing and it goes to the middle of precisely nowhere: and the whole stage is spent in the forest.

The rollout from the edge of the forested Ngadju Indigenous Protected area goes rapidly downhill for three miles and that’ll get you off to a fast start. There’s then a short up and down before a steep climb kicks in at four miles. It takes you back up to almost the same elevation as the start of the stage.

The next descent kicks in at nine miles, but you’re then straight back up again at ten miles, a climb that carries on for the next four miles. Although the route is virtually straight, there’s a tiny right/left kink at thirteen miles that whilst it doesn’t exactly constitute a pair of bends, does at least deviate from the straight and narrow.

Although they aren’t big hills, there are further climbs at fifteen, eighteen, twenty and twenty one miles: of course between them, there are also the descents to give you some respite, but this stage is never easy simply because there are no flat roads to allow you to settle into a rhythm: even the last mile, which looks flat in principle, is lumpy up and down.

Distance: 23 miles / 37 kilometres

Ascent: 643 feet / 196 metres

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Total distance: 22.92 mi
Max elevation: 630 ft
Min elevation: 421 ft
Total climbing: 642 ft
Total descent: -778 ft

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