Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail

What did you do on your Easter long weekend? We got on our bikes and rode....

The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail was our destination, so we packed our life into two pannier bags and caught the train to Lilydale.

Behold - the beginning of the trail!
Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail #1

No rail trail ride is complete without Sammy the cheetah, who by all reports quite enjoyed the feel of wind in his whiskers. I, meanwhile, revelled in the autumnal glory...

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail #2

...and wondered if we should stop here for lunch. Wouldn't you?

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail #3

Instead we rode on to the Carriage Cafe in Seville, and ate in a old school rail carriage compartment. I scanned the other compartments for Poirot, but the famous Belgian and his little grey cells were a no show.

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail #4

Back in the saddle, and past bucolic landscapes that reminded me so much of my dairy farm childhood. I even got all sniffly sentimental at the smell of cow dirt. Galumph and the Tyger just shook their heads and tried not to breathe in too deeply.

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail #5

Hello, handsome!
(The bike rider is a bit of allright, too!)

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail #6

See log. Must clamber upon. That appeared to be the Tyger's mantra for the day...

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail #7

...when she wasn't topping up energy levels with lolly snakes. Very important, apparently.

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail #8

The dancing grass flowers waved us towards the end, lifting our spirits and giving a boost to tired legs.

Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail #9

I'd ride the trails forever if I could.


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  2. I've walked sections of that trail - for the Trailwalker. Lovely!

  3. That makes me want to move back to Melbourne! And chase up an old friend who lived in Lilydale but I seem to have lost her since coming home to NZ.

  4. you take the most beautimous photos, my jorthy. love this long ride of yours, and the glimpses of autumn in its richness.

    ps i don't think i answered this question way back when: creamer is flavored liquid 'cream' one adds to a cup of coffee. or in my case, the flavored liquid 'cream' to which one adds a few drops of coffee.

  5. Gorgeous! what a lovely way to spend the weekend :)

  6. I'm always sad at the loss of a railway line, but at least this one is still being appreciated. Love it.


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