Thursday, 6 June 2013

Bright Brewery and Boyntons Winery

Day 3 In the Victorian High country

On Day 3, a ride into Bright was planned. It was another lovely day and the paved trail made for easy riding. About halfway we had a rest stop at Eurobin station.

Eurobin Station

The ride into Bright - lovely!

It is about 30 km into Bright from Myrtleford and we had a very enjoyable lunch sitting outside at the Bright Brewery.  It was particularly nice as it was non-smoking outside, so for once we could have lunch without being surrounded by clouds of smoke. 

Bit of a cheat here - we took this  photo the next day!

After lunch it was about a 10 km ride back along the trail to Boyntons Winery. This is a really lovely winery with an outside eating area.  

Looking over Boynton's vines

The terrace outside

The view from Boynton's outside terrace

Finally a quick ride back to Myrtleford along a mostly flat track. Easy riding.

Nice views on the way back too - great weather!
Ride Details:
  • Ride about 59 km, flat
  • Paved trail
  • 1 bar on the Gold battery at 40 km, no further bars used.
  • Used boost a bit on the way back as I was stopping to take photos and then I boosted to catch up.

You can view the ride on Strava here.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Bus-a-Bike, Stanley and Beechworth

Day 2 In the Victorian High country

Quite a long ride was planned for our second day in the Victorian High Country.

The Stanley Pub has a great reputation for it food and Janet had organised lunch there for our group. The only catch is that Stanley is about 22 km away straight up! (From Strava, the climb seems to be about 780 m.)

I was a bit worried that the Gazelle might find this a bit steep, so I caught the bus-a-bike instead. This is a great service that lets you load your bike onto a trailer and ride in comfort to various destinations. Myrtleford to Stanley was $90 between five of us. (Cheap, I thought compared with riding up that hill!)

The Gazelle on the bus-a-bike trailer

The bike is secured at the front and also by placing the pedal into this slot
 - quite clever
The lunch at Stanley was delicious and very convivial. Janet had done a lot of work beforehand and had organised a great menu. And after two filling courses and a few wines, I felt like taking a nap, not riding onto Beechworth. But on we went. 

Stanely Pub - very picturesque.

Beechworth is a nice touristy town and a good place for a stop. There was no winery there, but some of the group went to the Bridge Road Brewery.

Interesting mix of products in Beechworth!

After Beechworth we rejoined the trail and had a very enjoyable DOWNHILL ride. Yes, it was downhill for km after km on the trail from Beechworth until we reached the Myrtleford section of the rail trail at Everton and turned LEFT - or at least all but two of us turned left. The other two ended up in Wangaratta and had to be collected by car. (This despite many signposts indicating Myrtleford getting further and further away!)

Hard to see the downhill, but it was downhill for ages!

The way back from Everton seemed to take a long time and it was dark by the time we arrived back at camp. Fortunately the Gazelle has built-in lights, so I just switched these on. There was only one major hill at Taylor's gap which we approached from the other side to the ride on the previous day.

Ride Details:
  • Ride about 54 km, mostly downhill as I used the bus-a-bike for the uphill section
  • Paved trail
  • 1 bar on the Gold battery used at 38 km, no further bars used.
  • Riding with little regard for battery conservation, but there was a lot of downhill

You can view the ride on Strava here.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Myrtleford to Tarrawingee

Day 1 in the Victorian High Country

Recently Mr Aggy and I went to the Victorian High Country, staying in Myrtleford. We went with our riding group and had some excellent rides and lunches planned by Janet - thanks Janet. J

You will notice a bit of a theme to the rides - they all include a pub and a winery stop!

I took both bikes on this holiday with the intention of riding the Trek on at least one day, but the lure and comfort of the Gazelle was too much, and I rode it everywhere.

Our first ride was on the
 Murray to the Mountains rail trail from Myrtleford to the Tarrawingee pub where we were meeting up with some other members of our cycling group for lunch. We estimated the ride to be about 40 km, and as a return trip seemed a bit much,  Mr Aggy and Brad (Mr Janet) went up early in the day and left a car at the Pub so we would only have to ride one way.

I hadn't been up this part of Victoria much and it was a beautiful ride. The leaves on the trees were changing colour and the bike track was excellent. It is paved all the way and very easy to ride (especially on the Gazelle!). There was only one major hill at Taylor's Gap, which the pedelec handled easily.  

Janet, Brad and I on the rail trail -
as you can see it is sealed and very easy to ride. (Hmmm, it looks like I wasn't using my legs much - they are in short sleeves and I have my jacket on!)

The view from the trail.

The ride from Myrtleford to Tarrawingee takes you past the now disused Everton Station where there are public toilets available. (I didn't use these, so no rating.) 

The trail is also well sign-posted, so you should not get lost.

We had to ride the last few km on the road to get to the pub, but this was along a quiet road, so it wasn't a problem. 

Although it was only 43 km, we were happy to get to the Tarrawingee pub (called The Plough Inn) and extremely pleased with our foresight in leaving a car there as we didn't want to ride back!. FYI, the Tarrawingee pub is nice and the publican is very friendly, but the food is a bit overpriced in my opinion. I had the scallops dish and had four scallops on the plate! Not much for lunch.

Some of the cycling group at the The Plough Inn.

On the way back from the pub we stopped at Gapstead winery. (I did say all rides included a pub and a winery!) Very relaxing sitting outside there with a glass of wine on a beautiful autumn day.

Ride Details:
  • Ride about 43 km (one way), one big hill
  • Paved trail
  • 1 bar used on the Gold battery at 23 km
  • 2 bars used at 39 km
  • Riding with no regard to battery conservation

You can view the ride on Strava here.