Yesterday was the second time in 3 weeks driving along the road. The kids are probably getting sick of me telling stories about old maps such as Boundary Creek and Wee Wak as we drive along.
Most of the road seems to be maintained well. Even the edges on the side of the narrow bitumen section seem to be harder now. I just wish someone would pave the middle dirt section.
Gaps like that straddling a council boundary used to be much more common - there was a particularly notorious one on the road from Canberra to Dubbo when we used to go that way to Queensland in the 1980s.
Conversely at this year's long MTBO champs in Vic the bitumen runs for a short section (probably a kilometre) past a few houses in Barkstead and then it's dirt roads for miles in any direction.
One of our local MTBO maps at Wellington Dam/Bussell Brook (2006 nationals) was bitumen at either end - from the west up to the turnoff at Wellington Dam and from the east a short way out of Collie - and gravel all the way through our map but over the years they gradually extended it (short sections at a time) until eventually the bitumen joined in the middle sometime between when we rode there in 2013 and last year. That was fun to have to update bit by bit every time we used the map.
Of course having to update the road on the map is nothing compared to the rise and fall of the dam level itself, meaning that sometimes there's a route choice through the swampy section in the far south and around all the other river inlets and sometimes there's not. Constant logging of the pines doesn't help either (in mapping it as either green, white or pale yellow) and regrading of tracks that used to be well maintained and then later on get neglected.