Date(s) - 16 Nov 2012 until 18 Nov 2012
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Leader: Bruce Key 02 6024 3986
This is a new rail trail (opened on 1 June 2012) that follows a very picturesque route from Mansfield to Tallarook including a long bridge crossing Lake Eildon at Bonnie Doon and also a 200m long tunnel. Most of the surface is gravel so fat tyres are recommended. In addition, some sections are apparently prone to becoming very soft after rain. There are some climbs but they are obviously not too steep since the trail is along a railway route. The plan at this stage is to take a trailer for the bikes and to also have a sag-wagon available for those who need it. We will drive to Mansfield on the Friday evening and camp or stay at the pub (your choice). On Saturday we will ride from Mansfield to Cathkin and then use our sag-wagon to take the bikes to Alexandra (camp or pub) and then retrieve the cars from Mansfield. On Sunday we will ride downhill from the Alexandra gap to Cathkin and then towards Tallarook. This section includes the Cheviot tunnel and nice views along the Goulburn River. At Tallarook we will use the sag-wagon to return to our cars at Alexandra and thence home. This arrangement avoids the need for rid-ers to carry all their camping gear and allows casual riders to participate. The car shuffles may vary according to the number of vehicles and riders. As I will not be around much in early October, please book in from the last week in October. I am looking for a volunteer to drive the sag-wagon, and there is an unbelievable hourly rate of pay available.