Wangaratta to Bright rail trail holiday 5-7 November 2006

We stayed in Myrtleford Caravan Park and used it as a base. The original plan to park in Wang was abandoned in favour of this one. It allowed us to include a trip to Lake Buffalo.


Day 1: Ready to go, after having driven here this morning from Melbourne. Myrtleford to Bright and back, 62km. SWMBO ready to tackle her first ride in clipless shoes and Eggbeaters!!!


Lovely rural scenery.


Jur feeling on top of the world on his Raleigh 20 folding bike (and carrying all the gear).


Connie getting all thirsty at the hops farm. See those lily-white thighs? keep watching...


Weather and scenery were stunning, huh?


Very nice...


Hmmm... serious rattle here... a nut has fallen off...


Jur doing running repairs, sporting his Buff against the fierce noonday sun...


The bikes taking a rest in Bright. I'm riding my modified Raleigh 20, SWMBO an upgraded Yeah, identical to a Dahon Helios P8, only better with 9 speed XT running gear. We both use Brooks saddles.


SWMBO applying sunscreen on the way back from Bright, TOO LATE!


Check out those red thighs... 's gunna be painful tomorrow...


Jur in action.


Jur contemplating Mt Buffalo, the final climb of the Alpine Classic when he intends dragging his scrawny backside up there.


Either this guy has lots of bikes or lots of riders threw in the towel here.


Day 2: Myrtleford to Beechworth and back, 84km. Swmbo sporting one of my jerseys and her jodhpurs against the sun for those burned thighs.


SWMBO happy about making it to Taylor's Gap in one piece.


SWMBO wrestling up the 16km uphill to Beechworth...


...and forced to take a break along the way.


Jur waiting for SWMBO to finish resting, sporting knicks under the boardies, a loose MTB shirt and cycling sandals.


SWMBO out for the count at Lake Sambell after finishing off a pie and a Bee Sting in Beechworth Bakery. Mmmmmmmm....


SWMBO nailing the downhill out of Beechworth!


...and resting yet again...


...Jur finding all this resting a bit tiring...


Enjoying glorious scenery at Taylor's Gap on the way back to Myrtleford.


Day 3: Myrtleford to Lake Buffalo and back, 50km. Not on the rail trail, obviously. SWMBO trying to draft me, a bit far back.


SWMBO doing her best to improve the lovely scenery, and actually succeeding...


We stopped on the bridge over Buffalo river, but...


...bicycles excepted, of course!


"Luv, drafting you all the way here has made a HUGE difference!" SWMBO enthused at my prostrate inert form. "...uhh do you need a drink dear?"


Placid Lake Buffalo. We hade the entire place to ourselves.


Mt Buffalo viewed from the dam wall.


Riding a bit further, enjoying everything...


Jur racing back to camp. fly swatting twig clamped in teeth for this photo.


Bugger. Holiday's over. Bikes on ute, back to the big smoke.


Seeya next time!