Easter Rides – Part 2 of 3
For part 2 of the rides I got up to over Easter, I’ll share some pics from the rail trail which goes along next to Lake Hume. Officially known as the High Country Rail Trail, the route takes you along next to the picturesque Lake Hume.
The construction of this section of railway line was started back in 1887, and was extended in various dribs and drabs until the 1920s. In the 1930s some sections of the line had to be moved when the Hume Dam was built, and then again in the 50s when the height of the dam was increased. The line saw duty during the construction of the Snowies Hydro Scheme, however its used declined after this, until it was officially closed in ’81.
As with a number of similar disused railway lines, it has now become a mixed used pathway for bikes and walkers. The great thing is being a railway line is that there’s no killer hills to deal with! The west end of the trail which we did passes plenty of picnic areas which are great to stop at and have a break, or take a picnic lunch. It’s also good for when your fiance gets tired, she can stay there while you ride back and get the car to pick her up! Overall the trail is pretty good with great views, though the gravel is fairly chunky in places which provides a rough and unpleasant ride – definitely not one for a road bike or hybrid bike with skinny tyres.
Enough of the blah blah blah, here’s some pics.