Yesterday Brompton and I went out for a 70 km ride on the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail from Stratford to Traralgon. The trail was passing through farm lands all the way. The speed was limited to some extent due to unpaved road condition but the tail wind helped me and Brompton to complete the long ride on a mild day in spring.
[data]Route: Stratford Station to Traralgon Station
Average % of slope: total 0.1% ascent 1.8% descent 1.8%
Acquired elevation: ascent 160m descent 85m
Arriving at old Cowwar Station where was 40 km from Stratford Station.
Yellow flowers (probably rapeseed) bloomed all over the place.
Reaching old Glengarry Station. There was IGA in the town and I purchased bottles of water.
Please note that there were no facilities of drinkable water and no vendors/restaurants on the trail after Heyfield and before Glengarry. This trail is, in terms of facilities, not well organized at all like the Lilydale Warburton Rail Trail. A rider cannot get food or drink without a certain diversion from the way. I recommend to bring enough water (and some food) for the ride during summer season. I brought 2 bottles of water but not enough for this hot day.
Passing the Eaglehawk Creek.
Finally we arrived at Traralgon Station where the VLocity train was waiting.
It was a wonderful long ride to train myself and to know Gippsland.
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