VTR – Myrtleford to Wangaratta

Back to Wangaratta: An in-ride decision to miss out a night at Everton

Friday April 7, 2017, 57 km (35 miles) – Total so far: 624 km (388 miles)

It took some time to get the tent dry this morning. Not that it rained overnight, rather it was a bit misty so the moisture in the air prevented the moisture from me getting absorbed – so it was all over the inside of the flysheet.

Eventually all was sorted and I had final coffee at Ruby’s before departing Myrtleford at 10.00 hours. Initially I was heading to Everton for an overnight stay. As I cycled back up through Gapstead and then Taylor’s Gap I realised that things were going well. I also realised that if I went through to Wang then I would have the tent up if it did start to rain tomorrow. So I cycled the rest of the rail trail back to Wang.

It was an uneventful ride although quite a few cyclists were also on the trail – in both directions. The sun made the scenery sparkle as it has done for the past several days, the track surface was quality chip seal or pebbledash and the wind was generally off to one side and not as strong as a good ol’ Tassie wind anyway!

14.30 hours and I had the extra night booked making the stay here a 4 night one before catching the train to Melbourne next Tuesday. It was time to set up tent for (fingers crossed) the last time this trip.

Just before the climb to Gapstead starts. This rail trail bridge truely shows it’s railway heritage. It even has old sleepers for you to ride over – with a suitable warning of a rough surface.
Old dead gums often have a sculptural look to them. I liked this one

Tomorrow I will look for a local ride and enjoy riding an unladen machine for a day.

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.

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