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Bike Hike - Fri 11 to Sun 13 Oct

posted 28 Jul 2013, 18:59 by Andrew Yeaman

We are planning a bike hike, along the Great Victorian rail trail, over the weekend of the 11th to the 13th of October. 

The rail trail runs from Tallarook to Mansfield and in total is 134 Km's long! Our plan is to ride some of it with an overnight camp along the way. Kiwi has ridden the track and the surface is very good, mostly compacted toppings or gravel. 

You can get information on the trail here: 

We will start in Mansfield on Saturday morning then ride to Bonnie Doon, Merton, and Yarck where we will camp. On the Sunday we will ride to Molesworth, up and through the Cheviot tunnel, and then finish up at Yea on the Sunday afternoon.
Here are the distances between the various locations:
  • Mansfield to Maindample (bitumen sealed surface) - 12km
  • Maindample to Bonnie Doon (bitumen sealed surface) - 8km
  • Bonnie Doon to Merton (compacted gravel surface) - 16km
  • Merton to Yarck (compacted gravel and bitumen sealed surface) - 16 km
  • Yarck to Cathkin (compacted gravel and bitumen sealed surface) - 8 km
  • Cathkin to Yea(compacted gravel surface) - 20km
So that's 60 Km's to cover on the Saturday and 28 Km's on the Sunday.

Given the distances and the overnight camp we will need support vehicles and also help with the ferrying of Scouts and bikes to Mansfield and back from Yea. Parents are also welcome to join us on the ride if they wish to.

But we will need help from parents to take Scouts and bikes up to Mansfield on the Friday night and/or bring the same back on Sunday afternoon from Yea.
The cost of the weekend will be $40 each plus some money for lunch on Sunday in Yea.

So dust off your bike, stretch those legs, and get yourself ready for the 1st-Heatherdale great bike hike.

Scouts remember to put down on the sign on sheet if you are coming or not.

Parents once you have discussed with your Scouts would you please reply to Kiwi indicating YOUR availability. We cannot offer or run these types of activities without your assistance. 

The plan for the weekend is:
  • This Thursday night load bikes into bike trailer
  • Friday night the bike trailer will leave for Mansfield 
  • Scouts and adults meet at the Scout hall Saturday morning 7am
  • Pack gear into Scout trailer
  • Leave hall by 7:30am
  • Travel to Mansfield arriving around 10am
  • Meet up with the Fox family and the bike trailer in Mansfield 10am - unload bikes
  • Morning tea
  • Start riding around 10:30
  • Cookie and Kyle Fox will be our support crew - with Scout trailer
  • Lunch stop around 12:30
  • Ride on to Yarck, arriving mid afternoon
  • Afternoon tea
  • Retrieve cars from Mansfield
  • Relax at the Yarck hall, dinner, maybe a movie, sleepover
  • Sunday morning breakfast, pack up, and then ride on to Yea
  • Arrive Yea around midday
  • Lunch in Yea, Scouts to buy their own lunch
  • Retrieve cars from Yarck
  • Load up bike trailer
  • Leave Yea around 2 pm
  • Travel back to Melbourne arriving around 3:30pm.