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You can pick places from all around the world, but our own country is too tough?

In reasonable seasons the green in the background would be covered by water. 

Come on Neil, we need you.

Mr Street View! 

Lake George maybe somewhere near Tarago? 

Further WSW.

upper Tumit or more likely Burrinjuck, except that's more west rather than wsw, but i am just guessing

Go west young man, then look around! I was pretty weary by the time that I got here.

Lake Tyrell maybe?  I thought Menindee Lakes but that's too far north.

Too far west. This will help.

Dabba, G'day.

Sandy Creek and Sandy Creek Bridge? Sandy Creek is an arm of the Mitta Mitter River feeding Lake Hume. Also known as the High Country Rail Trail.


The top pic is a long way from the Sandy Creek Bridge, but it is Lake Hume, so you get the cigar Warren. The top pic was taken on the northern side of Lake Hume, and if you look hard enough, you'll see some of Tallangatta in the background near the steerer tube. The bridge highlights just how different the ideologies of the 2 adjacent states are - VIC spent millions to restore the bridge for the High Country Rail Trail and NSW is doing its damnedness to destroy cycling!

The following is a bit that I wrote elsewhere for the day's ride that started at Lake Hume caravan park - about 15-20k's east of Albury.

"Duncan Gay's day, 1 March, was a loop of Lake Hume. I'd taken the high road through Bethanga - that was a mistake! It took me over an hour to go the 12kms with a mix of walking and riding with a steep descent into the village, then a climb again to get out of this place that seemed to have no logical reason for its existance. After about 25kms, a farmer who had been loading cattle into a truck hopped onto his stink-bike and caught up with me as I was walking up a gravel hill. He warned me of the increased number of snakes that he'd seen in the area (seems a story wherever I go) and said that the Lake was the lowest that he could remember. Apparently it was so low Tallangatta was unable to pump water for its drinking supply. I was eventually able to join up with the High Country Rail Trail near Old Tallangatta, and that was a welcome feeling. Some of the track has half bitumen and the rest gravel, so that the horses can go along the gravel. In places they had strategically placed IED's in the middle of the track for the benefit of any inattentive cyclist. As I coasted down some of the long gentle grades, I couldn't get the dulcet tones out of my mind of Fred Hollows reciting "The Man from Snowy River" - 


"But the man from Snowy River let the pony have his head, 

And he swung his stockwhip round and gave a cheer, 

And he raced him down the mountain like a torrent down its bed, 

While the others stood and watched in very fear."


You're allowed to let your mind wander when touring, and letting my "horse" freewheel downhill along a trail ridden by horses wasn't totally inappropriate! I finally made Tallangatta in time for lunch and pretty well drained. Food and fuel after an hour's rest helped me along the next 40k's to Wodonga. After leaving Tallangatta, the temp was consistently in the high 30's, but I was able to cross the old rail bridge over the lake that the VIC government had shelled out a few million to get restored for the rail trail. I'd ridden this way just before it had been opened a few years ago, but I'd been too early then, so I wasn't able to ride it. Between there and Wodonga I saw the last 1.5m of a black snake that must have been about 4 inches thick. It got out of the way fairly quickly. As I went around near the back of the army camp, there were also signs warning of the regular sighting of snakes along the trail in that vicinity, but I didn't meet any. I finally rolled into Wodonga around 4ish and found a caravan park where I could get a cabin for 3 nights - overdue for some rest having done 5 days in a row and a bit of climbing in heat! I'd managed to climb 850m over 90k's at an average of 14kph to get there. By the time that I got into the cabin, it was telling. Dinner at a good nearby pub and an early night!"

You are an inspiration Dabba, the government should pay you some of it's tourism promotion budget but of course these rail trails will never take off being the reason NSW in its wisdom ignores them. You should find a way to disseminate your stories to a wider audience, maybe Mr O'Rielly can arrange something in the travel section of Herald


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