So where is everyone wanting to go?

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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby weg » Mon 05 Jun 2017, 4:12 pm

Great pix Dalai. Have fun victor.

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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby HughieP » Mon 05 Jun 2017, 4:30 pm

For the pedants out there. Is there a difference between Jealousy and Envy? Enjoy it out there Victor.

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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby victor » Mon 05 Jun 2017, 5:22 pm

HughieP wrote:For the pedants out there. Is there a difference between Jealousy and Envy? Enjoy it out there Victor.

Thanks. :) My itinerary is a climbing cyclist's version of heaven, I think.

Over 14 days of riding, I'll be spending 3 days in the Italian part of the Alps, 3 days in the French part, 1 day riding up Mont Ventoux by all 3 routes, then 6 days in the French side of the Pyrenees. The rough numbers are: 1100km horizontal, 28km vertical, and 21 climbs.

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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby victor » Mon 05 Jun 2017, 5:24 pm

Dalai wrote:That is the Stelvio double Ioop I did Victor.

Section of the Umbrail Pass was still gravel when I rode it, but has now been sealed. Was interesting riding the short section over in Switzerland - noticeable difference in the building design.

Great, I'll road-test the new bitumen! :D
Interestingly enough, even though Google StreetView doesn't cover that bit of road, another site does: mapillary.com
It's an open-source street view, not quite as easy to use as the Google one, but at least it covers this road.

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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby victor » Fri 23 Jun 2017, 2:33 pm

Well I'm in Italia, and will be in Bormio by roughly midday. Let the climbs begin...

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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby wagger » Fri 23 Jun 2017, 3:23 pm

victor wrote:Well I'm in Italia, and will be in Bormio by roughly midday. Let the climbs begin...


Boo hiss!! :P :D

Will be interested to hear of your exploits Victor and how they compare to here :D
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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby Matt1 » Thu 29 Jun 2017, 8:01 pm

If it ever gets built I would like to ride the Northern Rivers rail trail. From Casino to Murwillumbah in northern NSW. Beautiful countryside and plenty of wildlife, with plenty of interesting towns along the way. The weather is warm all year round, if a little damp at times - lush forests don't grow just anywhere.

NSW is very slow to get on board with rail trails. I think their first one was only recently approved (Tumbarumba?). The roads are appalling in regional NSW so it would be good to have somewhere decent to ride.
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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby UJ1 » Thu 29 Jun 2017, 9:45 pm

They do have the Fernleigh Track from Belmont to Adamstown. It's been in operation since 2003 when the first section opened. But your main point is true, they are incredibly averse to these things which we take for granted in Victoria and other states.

Just googled the Northern Rivers trail and it would be a great way of getting through that part of the state. I remember touring through there and it was very hilly! A kinder gradient would have been welcome.

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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby Daicos Mullets » Fri 30 Jun 2017, 8:25 am

I think it's to do with the legal status of the rail land and something about needing an act of parliament to reallocate the land for purposes other than a rail line. Given the NSW government's antipathy towards cycling in general, it's not really a surprise that there is little enthusiasm from them.

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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby wagger » Fri 30 Jun 2017, 4:01 pm

Speak of the devil (I thought I read something this week):

https://www.railtrails.org.au/2016-2/70 ... sw-at-last
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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby Matt1 » Sat 01 Jul 2017, 2:50 pm

Daicos Mullets wrote:I think it's to do with the legal status of the rail land and something about needing an act of parliament to reallocate the land for purposes other than a rail line. Given the NSW government's antipathy towards cycling in general, it's not really a surprise that there is little enthusiasm from them.


This is true, although I don't see much enthusiasm for reopening the old rail lines either. Some of the embankments have washed away and many of the bridges have been dismantled due to their state of disrepair. Patronage on the replacement coach services is so low reopening the railway line could not be justified. Why the state government can't see the tourism (read revenue) potential of rail trails is beyond me. Most of the land is currently sitting idle, with no benefit to anyone.

Is it a case of the government pandering to the cycle hating tabloids? There is even a facebook group devoted to preventing railtrails being constructed in NSW. Modern neo-conservative politics is largely based on hate, fear and division. True leadership is in short supply in this country which is why I would like to see the state governments abolished with the federal government taking over their responsibilities. We just don't have enough people with the skills to govern progressively or effectively.
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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby wagger » Thu 20 Jul 2017, 4:27 pm

wagger wrote:Speak of the devil (I thought I read something this week):

https://www.railtrails.org.au/2016-2/70 ... sw-at-last


update here:

http://www.waggarailtrail.com.au/news/2 ... ils-in-nsw
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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby MWP » Wed 16 Aug 2017, 2:25 pm

I'm riding a bike from El Paso to LA Aug/Sep and keeping a blog:

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o= ... =19891&v=a

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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby Dalai » Wed 16 Aug 2017, 3:00 pm

MWP wrote:I'm riding a bike from El Paso to LA Aug/Sep and keeping a blog:

https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o= ... =19891&v=a


Have a safe trip! Hopefully the route will keep away from the interstate and might cover more interesting terrain? Though having spend a number of weeks at Hueco Tanks just outside of El Paso plus drive between there and the west coast not sure if that exists there? Going to be a lot of nothing...

Going to be so HOT too!!! I drove through that area mid September in 2013 as part of a peak bagging trip through CA, CO and Mt Graham and Mt Lemmon in AZ then drove across the Palomar Mountain and it was unbearably hot down on the plains. I recall refueling in Gila Bend mid afternoon on the drive West and wondering why anyone would considering living there due to the furnace!

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Re: So where is everyone wanting to go?

Postby weg » Wed 16 Aug 2017, 3:54 pm

Fun travel facts: they've found plague in fleas in Arizona. Sounds a bit like our anthrax belt though, in needing direct exposure to be an issue.

Should be a great trip MWP. Enjoy.


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