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.

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