Big Day - The Explorers’ Ride - CycleBlaze

May 21, 2024

Big Day

Yackandandah to Tatong

Today was a fairly solid 10 hours of scenic cycling. 125 km with 1100+ metres of climbs.  

We continued our journey south in the meandering hoof prints of Hume & Hovell from Yackandandah to the hamlet of Tatong via rail trails, backroads and lanes.

It’s been a fun, sociable day as well. We met old friends of Martin on their farm 10km from Beechworth, and his 90 year old in Beechworth. 

The day began with a frosty, sub-zero climb from Yackandandah, and ended with a moon lit entry to Tatong after sunset.

The rail trail from Yackandandah was a idyllic cycle touring
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Trail side map
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Pieter and Libby with Martin
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Martin and his Auntie Dot in Beechworth
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Beechworth pub
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One of about four Hume and Hovell expedition memorials we saw today.
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We found several excellent cafes today.
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Martin taking dust evasion action. Fortunately this was a rare occurrence.
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A more usual view. Beautiful creeks and rivers.
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Looking towards Mt Buffalo and the Victorian Alps
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Another excellent cafe.
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A farm paddock filled with Holden vehicle wrecks
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Doing my best on the hills
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Another Hume and Hovell expedition marker
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It wasn’t all riding today
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The Tatong accommodation
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Impressive mural at Tatong
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Post sunset ride finish tonight
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The wonderful Tatong Pub. Great food. Well worth a visit.
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Today's ride: 125 km (78 miles)
Total: 207 km (129 miles)

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Joel KrewazI'm enjoying the tour. It looks superb.
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3 weeks ago
Graham SmithTo Joel KrewazThanks Joel. It’s one of the tours where there are easy route choices and challenging routes choices. We’ve tended to do the harder ones but tomorrow I’m taking an easy option on the Great Victoria Rail Trail.

Overall, it’s a MTB ride. It’d be slow going on a normal touring bike.
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3 weeks ago