Cycle Against the Beast – 2017
Days 13 & 14 – 1st & 2nd June, 2017
After reaching Corowa, on the 31st of May, I decided to take a couple of rest days. I stayed with a friend, who is a minister at one of the local churches. On the 1st of June, Day 13, I took a little walk around. I remembered that there was a railway line, that once went to Corowa. So, I made my way there. Parts of the trackbed, through the town, is now a shared cycle/pedestrian trail. It’s a shame that the entire branch line isn’t a cycleway. I could have bypassed Albury completely, as it branched off from the mainline in Culcairn.
Some of the old track, along with the turntable, has been left in place. Corowa was the end of the line, so went no further.
The abandoned railway is now incorporated into RSL Park. RSL stands for Returned and Services League, which is a support organisation for men and women who have served, or are serving, in the Australian defence forces. So, naturally, there is also a war memorial just across from the local RSL Club.
Right outside the RSL Club is an old De Havilland Vampire bomber. These entered service, with the RAAF, in 1949.
As the light was starting to fail, I headed back to my host for the night. On the way, I took a photograph of a mural, painted on the external wall of one of the museums.
On the 2nd of June, we decided to go to Yarrawonga, which is on the Victorian side of the NSW/Victoria border. We didn’t really do much there, but walked along the southern bank of Lake Mulwala, which is also part of the Murray River.