frankielego wrote:We can then maybe stop somewhere together for lunch and then I go on ahead and set up camp and await their arrival.
It may not necessarily be that lunch is at some 'half-way' point. On the GWABR the lunch stop was actually at the next camp or pretty close to it on a few of the days. You'd have to get your timing right to meet up with them at lunch and then you won't be getting into the campsite very much before the others.
I took my MTB with slicks down to Albany, but at Nannup (only 50km from home) my daughter drove down to the campsite and brought my roadbike and I swapped bikes, as we were past the bigger hills from that point on. I had made the decision to take the MTB on the hilly sections of the ride and I was glad of that too, because the gearing went down much lower for the hills. In Tazzie, I'm expecting the hills will be even larger than what we had in WA. If you haven't got low gearing on your roadbike which might slow you down on the hills, you might not find yourself such a lot faster than your family on the MTB's....
Also, I think the distances per day are a bit less on the Tazzie ride - maybe avg 50km/day?
I think most people did what PennyR did, get dressed and go have brekky, then go back and pack up your gear. We did - more practical.