Nov 22, 2010

Meeniyan "trestle bridge"

Got to love remnants of rail history along rail trails. none better then an historic rail bridge. Just west of Meeniyan towards Koonwarra, The Great Southern Rail Trail crosses the Tarwin River on a 240m long steel "trestle bridge" that runs beside the original 1892 trestle bridge. Cycling with views of old rail remnants, to me, is more exciting then cycling on top of them.   
        The smooth gravel surface ends about 6km out of Meeniyan. Work is still needed on the final 2km of trail through the narrow valley over 3 bridges (currently closed until after a planned highway realignment in the area) so to get to Koonwarra requires a ride along the busy highway for approx three kilometres.
From Koonwarra the trail heads to Leongatha (Approx 8km)

Nov 15, 2010

City of Sale River Heritage & Wetlands Trail

a little rain the night before added to our enjoyment over Wetlands and freshwater marshes, to the historic Swing Bridge. A truly spectacular Trail.

Nov 8, 2010

Maffra to Heyfield (Wetlands) by bike

Cycling/biking on a Rail trail is a safe healthy outdoor activity for the whole family, but much more enjoyable on a smooth surface. It is disappointing that my local section of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail is not up to the standard of the Maffra section of this Rail Trail near my parents place, in a neighbouring shire. Local MP recently pledged funding towards completion of the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail if his party wins upcoming State election, but it is great to see the trail work being completed down mum's way, and I must commend the Trail Committee for continuing to fight for the completion of this Trail.

Maffra - Heyfield  17km
Surface - mostly smooth fine gravel
3G mobile coverage available

Bike adjustments since last ride

- lowered seat a little
- shoe cleats back a little