Rail Trail Ride. October 2016
the trail is very good. Excellent surface, bridges and a few
toilets. A few gates to open or go around but not a hassle. No
difficult hills, they are all gentle gradients. See this
billboard. Some old station and siding areas have community
gardens and/or playgrounds. See this
garden at Fish Creek and this
playground at Buffalo. Lots of rabbits along the trail and a
few swooping magpies. Lovely lookout towards Wilsons Promentary
top of highest elevation. See
In 3 days, only saw 7 other bike riders.
4th Oct. Drive
to Leongatha & parked
hospital. Ride to Foster. Stay Foster at relatives house.
5th Oct. Ride
Foster to Port Welshpool and return. Stay Foster in motel.
6th Oct. Ride
Foster to Leongatha. 48km. Drive home.
distance 169km from Leongatha to Port Welshpool and back. Average
16km/hr. Highest elevation on trail 148m. 244m at relatives
good. Rained whilst loading gear on our bikes in Leongatha. Then
drizzled half way to Foster. Very strong winds Tuesday &
Wednesday. Sun came out Thursday but still some wind.
Very strong tail wind all the way to Foster.
Tuesday afternoon from Foster up McGleads Road to O'Grady's Ridge
Road (not part of the trail). Very steep, part gravel,
when we got to O'Grady's the wind was extremely strong. We rode
up there to stay the night at a relatives house.
Strava plot of the gradient from Leongatha to Foster.
Although some gradients look steep, they are gentle ones. The
last hill can be ignored as is explained above.
Port Welshpool to Foster on Wednesday afternoon
difficult due to very strong headwind. Rode single file changing
leader every 10 minutes.
Very little activity. Shops closed. Buildings run down. One
bright place was the cafe at the top of the Main Street where we
stopped at on the way to, and from, Port Welshpool (which was not
that exciting. See this
photo). At the time we passed through Toora, the local hotel
was in crisis. The previous tenant had skipped, leaving a massive
debt and taking the liquor licence with him. The hotel was still
open for business but unable to serve alcohol.
Fish Creek also not that exciting.
and Meeniyan. Good cheap motel in central Foster. See this
photo. Foster Hotel meal was good and fast service. Nice cafe
and coffee in Meeniyan. See this
section of Trail
sections near Toora where farmers move cattle across the trail.
The sections are concreted with spring loaded gates on the trail
open towards the concrete. Because there had been lots of rain,
the concrete was covered in mud and cow poo. With only two
riders, it is impossible for at least one person to not put their
foot down in the poo at some stage.