Goldie Spur Bike Ride
Commenced 8th Dec 2014
Train Melbourne to Tallarook,
Ride to Mansfield.
Ride to Whitfield.
Ride to Myrtleford.
Ride to Wangaratta & Train back to Melbourne.
A total of 345km. A pleasant and enjoyable ride.
here for a selection of photos.
Downhill ride into Whitfield after stopping at Powers
Lookout for lunch. The lead changed many times. We hit a max of
62km/hr even with the drag from our panniers.
Not completing the Goldie Spur Track. Leaving Whitfield, we
intended riding through Chesthunt to Dandongadale. and then up a
4WD track to meet the start of the Goldie Spur Track. After
riding about 3 km up the very steep track in our lowest gears we
stopped and assessed the situation.
We were only half way
to the Goldie Spur Track at about 600m (and then there was some
There was much more
steep climbing to do up to 1200m.
was very hot and we were nearly out of water with over 20km
further to any water.
I was sweating so much
my gloved hands were slipping on the handle bars.
Noel & Kevin had
touring bikes with gearing not as low as my mountain bike. They
never complained but I suspect they were suffering more than me.
We decided to turn back and ride to
Myrtleford. On reflection, I did not plan that section very well
although I did speak to someone at Parks Victoria about the
track. They said it was in good condition and easily navigable
by mountain bike. I think I forgot to tell him Noel & Kevin had
touring bikes and we were carrying all our gear.
This link shows the Goldie Spur Track profile.
Mansfield hotel. Kevin & I had chicken parmigiana. Cannot
remember what Noel had but recall he said it was very good.
Lovely weather. Rain overnight at Whitford which did not affect
us. Tail winds in a few places.
Noel fell off his bike whilst trying to avoid a log truck but no
injuries. We encountered a few of these trucks on a very dusty
section of gravel road to Dandongadale.
Kevin & I suffered the unmentionable details saddle sore
Noel had "grampaitis" and wanted to have a nap soon after we
arrived in the town we were staying. We never let him.
Kevin recently had a wrist operation which caused him some
Lost and Found
I left my drink bottle in the fridge in the cabin in
Mansfield. Kevin pointed out a discarded drink bottle on the
side of the road just out of Mansfield which I retreived. The
lady in the Tolmie Tavern kindly washed it out for me and filled
it up with fresh water..
Riding on the Buffalo Valley Road into Myrtleford. Had a
tailwind and reached over 40km/Hr on the flats. Stuffed by the
time we got to Myrtleford. Kevin and I had two large drinks of
cola. Noel had a milkshake and an orange juice.
Where We Stayed and
Except for Whitfield, we did not prearrange any
accommodation. Stopped at various places on the road or bike
trails for tea or coffee &
biscuits which we prepared ourselves.
Day 1. Yea Motel in Yea. Just OK
and the most expensive. Lunch at cafe in Tallarook. Dinner at
Chinese restaurant which was very nice and cheap.
Day 2. High Country Holiday park in
Mansfield. Very nice cabin with plenty of room. Morning play at
Yarck. Lunch at Merton. Dinner at Mansfield hotel in pleasant
Day 3. Valley View Caravan park in
Whitfield. Onsite caravan with annex. New owners just 2 months.
Falling over themselves to help. Lunch was rolls from Mansfield
Bakery which we ate at Powers Lookout. Afternoon play at the "Whitty"
cafe in Whitfield. Dinner in outside area at the Mountain View hotel
which was very nice.
Day 4. Aderns Caravan Park in Myrtleford.
New owners a few months. Nice cabin. Lunch was pre-made rolls at
Whitfield store which we ate under a tree at Dandongadale. Dinner
at the Buffalo hotel. Meals OK, crappy indoor environment.
Day 5 Morning play at cafe in
Myrtleford. Lunch at Everton store.
Dandongadale. Shown as a large dot on the map but there was
absolutely nothing there, not even a town sign. Was once a cattle station there and a
part time school which closed in 1948.
The lady in the Tolmie Tavern where we stopped for a break.
She was very friendly and even filled up our water bottles for
free which is unusual.
New visitors centre at Yea at
wetlands walk. Impressive.
Impressed with the walkways, stairs and viewing platforms. Much
improved since last time I was there
Whitfield was better
than I expected. Nice cafe and hotel.
The Rose River valley
near Dandongadale was lovely.
Noel had a flat near Dandongadale.