Autumn on the HCRT

With the water in Lake Hume still high, riding the HCRT is a real pleasure. Guests on the weekend at Redgum Bed and Breakfast borrowed my bikes and covered Ebden to Tallangatta on Saturday and Shelley to Derbyshire Sunday -the following photos are theirs.

The first slide show -Ebden to Tallangatta. The second coming down from Shelley station

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The HCRT is now open to Tallangatta Creek. Work is progressing on Dry Forest Creek trestle bridge now the weather is cooling down.

 

Whistlestop High Tea Ride

Ride along the shore of Lake Hume ( distant water to see unless we get some good rain) with stops to enjoy delicious country home cooked scones, cakes and other delicate and tasty treats. Part of the Harvest festival to celebrate Nth East Victoria’s wonderful food, wine and tourist venues.  Booking at highcountryrailtrail.org.auhigh tea poster 2016

Twilight Ride – High Country Rail Trail

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Photo by Joy Bayes

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

 

Rail Trail Upgrade

Riding from Wodonga to Tallangatta just got more comfortable with a major upgrade to the High Country Rail Trail up to Huon Reserve,  effectively removing the very rough sections of this part of the trail.

A perfect bike ride hugging Lake Hume with three reserves with toilets and BBQs , over the Sandy Creek bridge on to Tallangatta for a lunch break and a rest under the beautiful ‘triangles’ trees, have a swim in Lake Hume then if still feeling fit you can continue on to Old Tallangatta, finish the day with a relaxing night at the Bed and Breakfast, Hotels, Motel or Caravan Park before your return trip next day.

I have had many guests that have either travelled by train or left their car in Wodonga and ridden out to Tallangatta

Wodonga to Old Tallangatta and as the bridges are restored on to Shelley- what a spectacular bike ride that will be when finished

Check out the photos of the current  bridge restoration at the High Country Rail Trail Facebook Page

What if?

I have wondered why the shops, motel and hotels of our township of Tallangatta were not built along the lake edge. How much more delightful if you were staying at the motel to wake up to the views of the lake that we get to enjoy at Red Gum Bed and Breakfast each morning. Outside dining with our valley and water views. A missed opportunity 60 years old. The town planner of the 1950’s at least planned the town centre around a generous park and had the foresight to plant the trees that create a beautiful shady rest and eating area.

Coming up is the now annual ‘Whistle Stop High Tea’ bike ride on the High Country Rail Trail from Huon Reserve to Tallangatta and back again, held this year on SATURDAY 16th MAY. There are three stops on the ride: first fruit at Sandy Creek bridge; then hot dainties at Tallangatta; to finish on the return, delicate bite size cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffee at the Sandy Creek bridge. 24 kms altogether along the edge of the lake, valley and farm lands. Go to the the High Country Rail Trail web page for details.

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Tallangatta Visitors

Last time I worked in the  hospitality industry was when I was 18 and I spent a large amount of time each day washing dishes at the Sorento pub for very little money, no tips but lots of fun at the end of the night with my fellow live-in student workers. That’s another job replaced by technology!

My latest hospitality venture has proved more successful than I imagined. I expected a couple of weekends a month to be booked. Weekdays never. I got it so wrong.

My guests have been from all states except for WA and NT so far.

They are:

Visiting elderly parents

Elderly parents celebrating 50+ years of marriage

Contract workers in Tallangatta for a job for 3 – 5 days

Tourists taking the scenic routes from Canberra, Gippsland, South Coast NSW and Sydney.

Bike riders on the HCRT desperate for a bed (I lent my RV as my room was booked, as was every other bed in town was, this has happened twice!)

Wedding guests and so on…..

The best part of this whole exercise has been meeting such lovely, friendly people, many of whom go out of their way to say thank you and goodbye This side of the experience I did not expect but am very grateful for.