Using my route sheet summaries (RSS)

Please note: My information is a compliment to the official maps (if available), not a replacement for them

Access for each ride includes:

  • Access to detailed route sheets that record every single marker and main features along the route. Viewable on my website only, but ideal for planning and research. You can see a sample of the first 8 legs on each section of a ride already on my website.
  • Summary route sheets that record every change of direction marker (but not the Keep Straight On markers). Printable, to carry with you.
  • .gpx files which turn your smart phone into a GPS as a navigational back up (see separate page on "Using GPS")

To access them, simply go to the "Route Sheets" tab, select the main ride, then the "Download GPX file" and "Download Route Summary Sheet" buttons will appear under the map. Clicking on them will download the files to your Downloads folder.

How I collected the info:

I tracked my ride with Cyclemeter, a now free app, which tracks the route with GPS. To conserve battery life I turned the screen off and used my trip meter on my bike computer to record all the data ie turns, conditions etc. My bike computer details are measured down to 0.1km or 100m. Don't stress about the difference. You will use my route sheets as a guide to compliment the maps and trail markers, so if my route sheet says turn left in 100m at 15.5 km and you see a left turn trail marker in 70 m at 15.4 or 125 m at 15.6 km on your bike computer, you know it is the correct turn. If you ride 500 m and get to 16 km without seeing a marker you know something is wrong.

I recorded the track notes as I went along, not afterwards. I typed it up later. There is always the chance I noted the wrong direction or kilometre marking, or missed recording a marker, but I am sure you will let me know if I did. If I walked back to take a photo, my camera is also my GPS, so the distance walked gets added to the route.

I then uploaded the data to Ride with GPS. Surprisingly the 2 programs give different distances for the ride, even though they use the same data. The differences in distance can be explained by the difference in algorithms written into the programs to interpret the data. Don't worry about it - when you are looking for a trail marker at 100m, I am sure you will spot it at 80 or 125 metres.

Use my route summary and the markers on the trail as your main navigation aid, along with maps if they are available. Your smart phone can be the back up. Tracking your route on a smart phone only will chew through the battery - my phone would not last 1 full days ride with the screen on all the time.

How to use my Route Sheet Summaries (RSS):

  • Make sure your trip computer is as accurate as possible. See:
  • Calibrate against a GPS for best accuracy.
  • Print the route sheet summary.
  • Insert it in your map holder so you can ride and read it. Try this before you get to the Trail
  • Your start point should be one of my start points e.g. Nannup, Jarrahwood etc. Otherwise add any difference.
  • Reset your trip meter at the start point - same as on the route sheet summary.
  • Follow trail markers and expect to see a change in direction marker in the distance as indicated on route sheet summary eg 600m TR. Or use the cumulative distance on your bike computer and route sheet summary to know when to expect the next change of direction eg 10.8km TR.
  • Use the landmark features (eg sealed road crossings etc) to compare against my route sheet summary, especially if you have taken a different route due to deviations, detours etc. Add or subtract the differences to keep following the route sheet summary.
  • Refer to the official maps so you know where you are regularly
  • If you get distracted or miss a change of direction you will have to back track - remember to allow for this on your cumulative total.
  • Always check for diversions before you go - see here

On my RSS, the cumulative figure is very useful if you only refer to the RSS occasionally - you can quickly see where you are on the RSS by looking at your bike computer.
If you refer to my RSS at each change of direction, then the distance since the last change of direction is what is important.
Ideally, my RSS would allow you to navigate the entire trail even if all trail markers were missing. Assume it is "keep straight on" at every intersection unless indicated as a change of direction.

Don't stress......

As I have already said, the two GPS programs I use give slightly different distances for the same route. If you look at my GPS route maps, often I am supposed to be riding a road, yet the GPS recorded me as being off it! I recorded all my legs rounded out to the nearest 100m. You maybe worried about this but don't stress! It is near enough, and will be fine. Remember, I developed all this info from actually riding the trails. Have a look at the sample route sheet summary at the bottom of this page - I am sure it will save you time when you get to a confusing junction, or a junction where the markers are missing.

You can also use my .gpx files to turn your smart phone into a GPS as a back as well. See the separate "Using GPS" page.

Abbreviations used:

I have recorded all markers except if they are within 100m of the last marker. Often after a change of direction marker there is a "keep straight on" marker just after, to indicate you are on the right track. I use the following abbreviations when I see a marker:
TL- Turn left
VL- Veer left - not a hard turn left. Often at Y junctions
TR- Turn right
VR- Veer right - not a hard turn right. Often at Y junctions
KSO Marker- either a marker on a tree or log, or on a post to keep going straight on. May indicate to keep straight on when there are turns to the left or right, or occasionally along the route to show you are still heading in the right direction.
Form - old railway line, so usually flattish, gentle curves and not to steep. Maybe a good solid base or loose pea gravel or a mixture of both. Sleepers or rails are extremely rare.
MB- Munda Biddi Trail
MBF/MBTF- Munda Biddi Foundation or Munda Biddi Trail Foundation
2wd-2 wheel drive. Usually a track or form I could take my wife's city car down
4wd- 4 wheel drive. A rough track I would not drive my wife's city car down!
DPaW/DEC - Dept of Parks and Wildlife, formerly Dept of Environment and Conservation
WTF - This is amazing!

This page is the property of Follow My Ride, a website detailing off road cycle tracks near Perth and in Western Australia.