Cycling in Tasmania and, sometimes, beyond

In 2018 I was able to rise to the challenge of riding an average of 100k per week for the year.  

In 2019 I ride from Melbourne to Adelaide starting mid-March.  This went OK so I aimed to cycle 600ks a month, 6000k in 2019, in order to keep fit. This happened – although with the introduction of an electric bike mid 2019.

The task in early 2020 was to prepare for another Victorian Rail Trail adventure in March/April but then COVID-19 happened. We have re-scheduled that trip now to Feb/March 2021 when all Australian States should have opened the borders again and, just maybe, a vaccine is available.

So now for 2020 I am just focussing on riding 100k a week over winter in prep for some camping tours starting in Spring (late 2020). Of course until further notice, all riding will be solo or with one other only.

Here’s how things are going :

VRT – Around Myrtleford

Around Myrtleford: Just a look around town before setting out back to Wangaratta

Thursday April 6, 2017, 11 km (7 miles) – Total so far: 567 km (352 miles)

A day to “kill” in Myrtleford. Going to the shops I met the cycling family again. They are off to Everton today and then Wangaratta where they also will be staying at Painters Island.

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VRT – Myrtleford – Bright – Myrtleford

To the end of the trail: Myrtleford to Bright and back to Myrtleford

Wednesday April 5, 2017, 63 km (39 miles) – Total so far: 556 km (345 miles)

Another terrific cycling day dawned. Initially quite cold at 6C but with no wind. Breakfast muesli at camp, coffee and raisin toast at Ruby’s in Myrtleford and then I was warm enough to get going.

The above map describes the route through the Ovens River valley up to Bright. Today I will be climbing to get there and descending to get back. Not much of a climb though!

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