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Cycling the Railton to Sheffield Rail Trail - Tassie Day 16

Staying at Moina

Tuesday
September 24, 2013
128 km
Cloudy, cold. 7 to 13 degrees
Feel like a bike ride.

Don’t bother asking any tourist info in Tassie about places to ride. Tasmania is full of great places to ride. When we arrive somewhere, the first thing we usually do is rock into the local tourist info. And cycling is never on their radar! I found some info on a rail trail cycle ride on the net from Railton to Sheffield. Looked good. But I have been asking along the way and apart from not knowing anything, I have been repeatedly advised to ask at Sheffield Tourist Info. So, after a very scenic drive from Moina to Sheffield, we visit our friendly Tourist Info – Don’t know anything.

“But the rail trail is here!!!

In your town!!!”

In the end I got the lady to look up the internet and she printed off some basic directions. She said that she sometimes walks her dog on part of it – but she didn’t know it was a cycle trail. It is actually a part of the ‘Tasmanian Trail’ which extends from the North to the South of Tassie. People usually either walk or ride horses on it. This section of the trail is 12km through forest, private land and farmland and it is recommended to start at Railton as it is a steep uphill. That way the return is 12km downhill. So off to Railton. But we don’t know where it starts. Into the Post Office. Not much luck. Into the police station – BINGO. The young policeman knows it well – I think he is a mountain bike rider. Very helpful. Even offers to take us down to the start.

We are a bit concerned because there are lots of turns, roads and tracks we have to navigate and we don’t have a map. Just following some basic instructions and the little Tasmanian Trails markers. About 5 minutes into the ride we stopped to talk to a friendly old fella walking down the track. Kevin Norris happens to be the man responsible for the trail. What luck. He gives us lots of advice plus his phone number just in case we have to ring. He even offers to come and get us if we get into strife.

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After a few kms of tracks and dirt roads we have to get onto the busy main road and it is a solid, long, steep hill. Not our favourite. A section of about 3 km through a pine plantation is also out of bounds due to logging.

Finally off the road onto the remainder of the track.
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What a great ride. It is so beautiful. Forests. Farms. Bit of mud and slush. Bubbling streams. We had some wind and rain and big smiles on our faces.
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Turned around on the outskirts of Sheffield and back we go.
Lunch stop.
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Great ride back, downhill most of the way. Wind and rain in our face. Yippee!
Isn't she beautiful. I love my bike.
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Back in the car and up to Latrobe to the Cherry Shed to buy some jam. Then the super scenic route back through Wilmot to Moina. This is classic Northern Tasmanian scenery. A stand out!
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Tommorow – far North West and checking out guitar creation.

Posted by peterjday 01:45 Archived in Australia Tagged tasmania sheffield tassie peterjday railton railtrail railton_sheffield

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