Day Bike Ride Wangaratta to Wodonga
All bus and train travel was free for 3 of us by using our Seniors travel vouchers.
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Noel tried to track our progress each day using Strava but never got a full day recording.
I took an iPad with an off-line mapping application. It proved very useful a few times to check our position on the Goldie Spur Track.
Mishaps and Unexpected
When we got to Southern Cross station at 6.30 Monday morning, we discovered that the train to Wangaratta had been replaced by a bus. Well, that is the end of our trip we thought. Have heard many stories of bikes not accepted on buses. Lady at the ticket office suggested we go to the bus bay and ask if they could take our bikes and they said they could. We had to remove all panniers and then the bikes fitted nicely standing up in the luggage area under the bus. Got in to Wangaratta 30mins after the train would have arrived.
Noel fell off his bike after getting hit by a blast of wind riding up the Goldie Spur Track. May not have helped by me yelling out STOP when I got hit by the same wind blast which completely stopped me riding.
Noel had a minor cold which Kevin caught and experienced the symptoms after the ride.
Kevin recently had a wrist operation which caused him some problems particularly riding the downhill section of the Goldie Spur Track.
Lost and Found
Noel lost a glove.
Noel thought he had lost his lunch on the Goldie Spur Track but eventually found it buried in one of the panniers.
We Stayed and Food
Day 1. Late lunch at cafe in Myrtleford. Stayed at Aderns holiday park in Myrtleford. Small one room cabin with no toilet or shower so we used the amenities block nearby. Dinner at the Buffalo hotel. Meals OK.
Day 2. Got lunch before leaving Myrtleford. Stayed at Big4 holiday park in Bright. Very large cabin with 3 bedrooms. Expensive. Dinner in Bright hotel. Food OK but cras environment. Noisy, busy, pokies and racing TV's everywhere.
Day 3. Late lunch at Mt Beauty. Stayed at house in Mt Beauty. Dinner cooked by Mike using ingredients he purchased in Mt Beauty. Got raisin bread & butter for extra breakfast next day.
Day 4. Late lunch in Tallangatta. Stayed at Tallangatta Motel. Mike & Kevin had one unit. Myself & Noel had a unit. I did ring up the day before and booked 2 units. Nobody in attendance when we arrived. Used the phone provided to call the proprietor. She told me the keys were in the doors and she will pick up the payment later. Very trusting in Tallangatta.
Day 5. At Wodonga by 12.00. Had earlier booked a later train so rebooked for 12.55 train to Melbourne. Lunch on train which was not very exciting. Not much to choose from because had not been restocked.
Interesting and Unusual Things
The Buffalo, Buckland and Kiewa valleys were all very scenic.
It is hard to put into words the natural beauty of the Australian High Country. I stopped a few times whilst riding up the Goldie Spur Track to admire the view. Rolling mountains as far as you could see with that characteristic steely blue haze that epitomises the High Country, I felt privileged because not many people get to see that view. It is just spectacular.
The Big4 holiday park in Bright had a bike cleaning bay which we used. The bikes were very muddy after the Goldie Spur Track ride.
New bike trail bridge over Sandy Creek was very impressive.
Tallangatta clean and open town.
People want to talk to you in towns and ask where you come from and are going. Talked with an old lady in Mt Beauty who told us she had lived there for 90 years.
They moved Wodonga station out of town about 4 years ago. Modern new building.
Mike had a flat overnight at Bright.
Kevin had problems changing rear gears one day. Discovered he had wrapped the Velcro strap holding his pump over the gear cable so tight it would not move.
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Kevin for supplying sweets and organising the house at Mt Beauty.
Kevin's friend for making the cake we ate at tea breaks.
Mike for making dinner at Mt Beauty.
Everyone for their great company.