I had a wonderful bike ride last week which involved various aspects of nature!
I drove to Nowa Nowa from Metung so that I could ride part of the East Gippsland Rail Trail from Nowa Nowa to Tostaree. I am gradually working my way along the rail trail and my next ride will be Nowa Nowa to the historic trestle bridge – then I will have completed Bairnsdale to Tostaree. There is still some way to go to do all of the rail trail but I am slowly getting it done.
I set out on a beautiful day but I had forgotten the sunscreen and as I burn so easily I had to stop at the General Store to buy some.
This is one of the trestle bridges that the trains used but now the bike path goes below the bridges as the cost of maintaining the bridges is prohibitive.
This is the bridge before it was destroyed.
In the undergrowth you can still see some of the metal parts left after the fire.
I mentioned that this bike ride involved aspects of nature. One of the lovely parts was the sighting of orchids along the way.
A lyre bird ran across the bike path at one stage and I ran across a black snake! I had no idea it was a snake until I was right on top of it. I thought it was just a strip of bark or the shadow of one of the tree trunks. I got such a shock I wobbled off the bike path but didn’t injure myself! I didn’t stop to see if the snake had a red belly, it had slithered off into the bush.
I wish I had been able to get a closer look at the lyre bird but unfortunately it was moving too fast so no photos to show.
On the return to Nowa Nowa I spotted a several ducks on Boggy Creek.
Before heading back to the car I made a quick diversion to the second-hand shop and it was there I spotted this sign on the house next door.