On a beautiful late summer evening, over 35 riders travelled from different parts of the High Country Rail Trail to converge on Ludlows Reserve. Awaiting the riders and volunteers was a chicken and salad picnic on the grass overlooking the every receding Lake Hume. It was a magic night – clear sky, warm and just a gentle breeze – made to order.
The occasion was to celebrate the completion of the Bonegilla boardwalk across the Kiewa River flood plain and the resurfacing of the trail between Huon and Ludlows reserves.
The next event on the High Country Rail Trail is the ‘Whistle Stop High Tea’ – Huon to Tallangatta for hot food and then back to Huon with a traditional ‘High Tea’ at the Sandy Creek Inlet Bridge – Saturday May 21st
Hume Weir has almost disappeared but this year it has been a slow receding of the water. Rain falling every 2 weeks or so – the valley has under these weather conditions become a vivid green and we still have lots of large ponds of water. Birds abound and the honking of the swans is the morning chorus that greets the dogs and I on our walk. Last year it disappeared quickly, leaving a muddy valley and after a week or so a covering of green that then dried to the usual Aussie summer brown. Lovely in its way but this year it is beautiful. With the Mitta Mitta River meandering though the lush green. When you get down into the valley it consists of many varied species of grasses and herbaceous plants and also some very nasty burrs ready to dry and attach themselves to the dog fur – so we will be sticking to the tracks in the future.