Re-scheduling our Victorian cycle tour

I decided to double-check V/Line trains after a heads up warning from Emily (The Navigator). Last time I checked (both website and by phone) the Vic Rail train line to Albury was to close for the month of March but the trains to Seymour seemed to be running OK.

We re-planned on the basis of starting our Rail Trail Cycling Tour at Seymour, not Albury.

The track status has now changed and no trains will be running to Seymour or Albury during most of March. This is due to damage caused by a derailment at Wallan a couple of weeks ago. Track closure is needed to fix up that damage and to continue the upgrade of the rail out to Albury.

How does that affect us?

Well, on arrival in Melbourne, we intended to take ourselves and the trikes by train to Albury and cycle 3 rail trails from there, working our way back to Seymour. At Seymour we would catch a train back to Melbourne and the ferry. Obviously we can’t do this now. Additionally, who knows what’s going to happen with COVID-19. More cases are developing on the mainland and we still have only 1 in Tasmania. Safety in small numbers!

We discussed and decided to put the trip off until November. At that time we may well plan to avoid the railway and hire a van to take the trikes out to Albury and then back to Melbourne. That way we will not be affected by any further hassles on V/Line trains where the track is dodgy and the ability to allow / disallow bikes on trains is at the discretion of the Conductor.

So, the Ferry bookings have been changed and, in the immediate future, we are planning a couple of rides in Tasmania before the end of Autumn drags in Winter.

Colin will have his new trailer connected by then

And now for something completely different – road safety.

Colin and I grace the front page of the local paper

Colin has begun a campaign to improve bicycle safety on the Illawarra Road where it crosses the South Esk river just outside Longford. The current 3 bridges, running across the river and land prone to flooding, are narrow and there is little room for cyclists. He contacted the state based Bicycle Network group and suggested a speed reduction on the bridges, and/or bicycle warning signs or, preferably, steps taken to provide a cycle lane – either hanging off the current bridges or running alongside the nearby rail line. They contacted the Department of State Growth …..

Tony (Brompton) and Colin (Greenspeed Magnum) mixing it with the traffic

The Editor of the local paper got wind of this and asked for pictures. We obliged – even though I generally try to keep away from the road. So far no safety changes have been made and nothing heard from the Department of State Growth.

That’s it for this week. More will follow once we start our Autumn Tasmanian tour(s).

To close. A Blast from the Past. Checking out Sue’s Gazelle by the South Esk river.

Author: antc1946

Born in 1946 I learnt to cycle about 10 years later. On a bike with rods connecting brake levers to the brakes - anyone remember those? I emigrated to Australia (from the UK) in 1974 and moved to Tasmania in 1984. Bicycles were in my life for most of that time although sometimes they were replaced by motorised two wheels for a bit more excitement. On reaching 70 I decided to stick to pedal power but in 2019 an electric recumbent made an appearance. it's now 2023 and I have 3 bikes. 2 e-recumbents and the Brompton.

5 thoughts on “Re-scheduling our Victorian cycle tour”

  1. What a nuisance, but with the physical problems and the bloody virus to contend with I can see you had little option.
    Perhaps this gives me a better opportunity to somehow meet up and look at your trikes.
    Mean while I will continue to read your adventures .

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    1. Hi Brian. Thanks for your comments. Colin and I will be meeting up this arvo (at a L(ongford) A(rea)G(ourmet)S(society) Argentinian Spit Roast). We will compare lists of Tasmanian rides and plan some time on the road for this autumn. Covid-19. Hopefully there won’t be too many idiots like the guy in Hobart who was tested, told to self quarantine then went to work and out clubbing; then the test came back positive!

      Keep healthy.


      1. With food like that you should be healthy(and happy) . Will be talking to Greenspeed tomorrow , I need a steering rod universal, l’m wondering if they are still trading at all now they have been bought out.
        Enjoy your dinner, I’m jealous. BrianB


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