The Water is Back

Lake Hume has been slowly creeping back up the valley and today the view from Redgum/Tallangatta Bed and Breakfast is water

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You could put on your gumboots and walk across with a little swim over the Mitta Mitta River but visually it is water. Yesterday the dogs and I walked for the last time this year on the grassy banks of the Mitta Mitta today it is mostly under water and the Mitta Mitta River gone. Swans, ducks and pelicans have returned. I have included a video of the swans hard to see but not to hear –   they are ‘talking’ all the time. As usual Sasha the jack russell managed to get in the picture. Filling up to 100% will take a while yet.

The High Country Rail Trail ‘Whistle Stop High Tea” held in May was a great success with 170 riders coming from as close as Albury and Wodonga and as far away as Sydney and Melbourne,. The weather magnificent, the food as usual pretty spectacular and there was enough even with the numbers increasing by 40 in the last few days. The next event is the Tall Trestle Ride from Corryong to Tallangatta in October.

We continue to get more bike riders using Tallangatta as a base as they explore our beautiful North-East Victoria. My latest adventurers rode around the Lake to Bethanga via Old Tallangatta and back here on the HCRT. Next day off to Yackandandah  via Allens Flat and then on to Bright then Beechworth and back to Tallangatta taking 3 days to do the trip – A very fit couple.

I have also dropped off bike riders at Shelley for the ride down the trail and part Murray Valley Highway back to Tallangatta.

Snow in the mountains has also been a bonus, so the weekend trips from Melbourne to  the New South Wales or Victorian snow fields will soon begin. I get many guests who leave Melbourne after work , stop the night in Tallangatta and are on the slopes at 9am for a weekend of skiing. It avoids the kangaroos and wombats on the  bush drive to Corryong  and mountain climb to Perisher etc in the dark.

Talking of snow, the weather here has just dropped about 10 degrees, the rain has begun and with an open fire blazing it is a perfect day to read a book and if a dog sleep by the fire

 

 

Bikes and the High Country Rail Trail

 

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Images of the construction of Dry Forest Creek Bridge

The reconstruction of the trestle bridges continues with our volunteers . It is amazing  seeing these beautiful wooden trestle bridges coming back to life. The really high ones are being bypassed. The original structures will be preserved so they continue to grace our trail. They are just too expensive to restore to a point of being able to be used but will still be there to look at.

Over the last month the Bed and Breakfast has had quite a number of push bike riders stay. Road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes and even one built for two. Some have wanted to be dropped at Shelley riding the trail where it was relatively easy going downhill with a mix of on road and trail, the very adventurous, riding mountain bikes negotiating the tricky not yet opened bits, having to get over shut gates, wade though creeks and share the track with horses and cattle – all great fun. Our trail is becoming increasing popular which is a real bonus for Tallangatta bringing much needed tourist dollars to our town. Increasingly we are getting groups after a shared 3 day experience using Tallangatta as a base – travelling to Wodonga and then Shelley.

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Sunrise on the bed of Lake Hume just down from boat ramp  30/3/2016

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

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

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.