Great Victorian Rail Trail Yea to Cathkin

At the start of the rail trail from Yea to Cathkin there is an almost life size mural.  From behind the wall you put your head through a hole.  From the front view your head goes under the front half of a real cycle helmet and sits on the shoulders of a cyclist in a yellow jersey or shirt.  The yellow indicates that the rider is leading the race.  The cyclist is riding on the back of a yellow (or more tan) jersey cow.  Hence the banner held reads "I rode into Yea with the yellow jersey".

At the start of the rail trail from Yea to Cathkin there is an almost life size mural. From behind the wall you put your head through a hole. From the front view your head goes under the front half of a real cycle helmet and sits on the shoulders of a cyclist in a yellow jersey or shirt. The yellow indicates that the rider is leading the race. The cyclist is riding on the back of a yellow (or more tan) jersey cow. Hence the banner held reads “I rode into Yea with the yellow jersey”.

We drove to Yea after kayaking on Lake Eildon which was glorious.

From Yea to Cathkin return was 42 km.

This trail started at a long bridge with a cut out of a big yellow jersey cow near the bridge.

Then the 8 km of uphill started.  Half way up the hill there was a cutting that led to the tunnel.  It was all cut out by hand using picks and shovels.

The climb was gradual but constant.  At the top we were rewarded with the joy of riding through the historic Cheviot Railway Tunnel.

The magnificent 200m long, brick lined tunnel was built over two years and opened in 1889.

After riding through the tunnel there is 9 km of winding down hill with spectacular views. We rode past more cows and small farm houses and then over the Goulburn river bridge.

These rail trails are amazing and a credit to the Victorian tourist industry.  I absolutely love riding them with wind in my face and clean mountain air.  NSW is very slow at handing over rail corridors for rail trails.

There are many birds squawking overhead and some water birds on the banks of the Goulburn River.

Once we arrived at Cathkin we had a quick snack and turned around for the return journey which included 9 km of uphill.

We were really looking forward to going through the Cheviot Tunnel again and the 8 km of downhill.

Once we were through the tunnel the wind rose and tried to push us back into the tunnel.  So instead of cruising downhill we had to peddle strongly against the wind.

Back at Yea we had photos with the cow and congratulated each other on another 40 km ride completed.

http://www.railtrails.org.au/trail?view=trail&id=90

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