100km point-to-point two day tour?

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100km point-to-point two day tour?

Postby nezumi » Thu Sep 10, 2015 10:47 pm

A friend and I are looking to do a weekend tour, probably travelling between two train stations, or a nice out and back loop.

At present my friend is limiting the distance to 50km per day. We would be heading out on Friday evening and would be happy to travel a short distance to a first night camping, then going around 50kms each day for Saturday and Sunday.

Can anyone suggest some route options on this? I'd rather not just do warby trail out and back. :)
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Re: 100km point-to-point two day tour?

Postby dalai47 » Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:51 pm

You could put together a ride between Castlemaine and Ballarat ~100km with train each end.

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Re: 100km point-to-point two day tour?

Postby Leaf T » Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:57 pm

I know this thread is old now but we started out with the Julia Blundon books and very soon after discovered MBTC Melbourne bicycle touring club. Massive wealth of knowledge on touring and cycling there.

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Re: 100km point-to-point two day tour?

Postby madmacca » Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:44 am

How about the Great Victorian Rail Trail along the Goulbourn valley from Tallarook. http://www.greatvictorianrailtrail.com.au/

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Re: 100km point-to-point two day tour?

Postby Leaf T » Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:20 pm

Geelong to Anglesea and back was our first loaded ride. We went south on Horseshoe bend Rd and then along the coast until the last few downhill k's on hwy into Anglesea. Wide shoulder so felt safe. We then took back roads home according to Blunden book but it might be a better ride along back roads to Birregurra for the train home. Il Padrone may be able to suggest a route to Birregurra as he led a ride from there to Lorne via Anglesea which was quite nice.


I think you can catch train beyond Geelong so you don't have to deal with traffic.

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Re: 100km point-to-point two day tour?

Postby nezumi » Sun Nov 15, 2015 8:57 pm

So, we made it!

We ended up riding 80 km from Ballarat to Maldon on the first day - only bad bit was neither of us remembered sunscreen. Camped at the Maldon Historic Reserve campsite just outside town - free, basic but fine for what we needed.

Day 2 we rode from Maldon to Ballarat, taking mostly main or semi-major roads rather than full on backroads. 40km
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Re: 100km point-to-point two day tour?

Postby Leaf T » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:05 am

Nice one!

It's addictive. Never understood why at times when i was pushing into head wind on a flat boring stretch yet it's amazing how quickly your mind starts planning the next trip.

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Re: 100km point-to-point two day tour?

Postby il padrone » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:18 am

nezumi wrote:Day 2 we rode from Maldon to Ballarat, taking mostly main or semi-major roads rather than full on backroads. 40km

Hang on, hang on ???

There is no route possible that gets you from Maldon to Ballarat in 40 kms . Not even in 80kms :?: :?:
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Re: 100km point-to-point two day tour?

Postby ironhanglider » Mon Nov 16, 2015 10:23 am

No but there are regular trains from Bendigo to Melbourne and that would fit with the rest of the description.

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Re: 100km point-to-point two day tour?

Postby nezumi » Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:58 pm

ironhanglider wrote:No but there are regular trains from Bendigo to Melbourne and that would fit with the rest of the description.

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Yup, Bendigo! My bad - brain was still a little fried from the sun, I guess.
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