Cycle Against the Beast – Days 13 & 14 – A couple of rest days in Corowa

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. Parks 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.

The old Corowa - Culcairn branchline trackbed
The old Corowa to Culcairn branchline trackbed

The old Corowa railway station
The old Corowa railway station

Some of the old track, along with the turntable, have been left in place. Corowa was the end of the line, so went no further.

The old Corowa - Culcairn branchline trackbed
The old Corowa – Culcairn branchline trackbed

The old turntable
The old turntable

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.

War memorial
War memorial

Right outside the RSL Club is an old De Havilland Vampire bomber. These entered service, with the RAAF, in 1949.

An old De Havilland Vampire
An old De Havilland Vampire

As the light was starting to fail, I headed back to host for the night. On the way, I took a photograph of a mural, painted on the external wall of one of the museums.

Mural
Mural

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.

The bridge crossing Lake Mulwala / Murray River
The bridge crossing Lake Mulwala / Murray River

The bridge crossing Lake Mulwala / Murray River
The bridge crossing Lake Mulwala / Murray River

The southern bank of the lake
The southern bank of the lake

Swimming pool
Swimming pool

After two rest days, it’s back on the bike on the 3rd.

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Date 1st – 2nd June, 2017
Distance 0 km – Rest Day

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