Trip Diary

08-2012 Peel Island (An Ekka tradition)
08-2012 Moreton Island
07-2012 Rocky Point
06-2012 Blakesleys
06-2012 The Bedroom
05-2012 Breakfast on Karragarra
05-2012 St Helena
05-2012 Perigee Bedroom
02-2012 Queen Mary II
02-2012 Mud Island
11-2011 St Helena
11-2011 Shorncliffe to Redcliffe
10-2011 Weinam Ck to Dunwich
10-2011 Peel Island
10-2011 Breakfast on Karragarra
10-2011 St Helena and Green Island
09-2011 Wivenhoe Dam
08-2011 Fraser Island
08-2011 Canaipa Passage
08-2011 Karragarra
08-2011 Stradbroke Island
07-2011 St Helena
07-2011 So long, and thanks for all the fish.
05-2011 Green Island
05-2011 Wivenhoe Dam
04-2011 Upper Noosa River Weekend
04-2011 Easter at Woodgate
04-2011 Mud Island
04-2011 Karragarra for Breakfast
02-2011 Bongaree
02-2011 St Helena
01-2011 Weinam Ck to Blakesleys
10-2010 Moore to Blackbutt Rail Trail
10-2010 Whitsundays
09-2010 Mud Island
09-2010 Redcliffe
09-2010 Girraween
08-2010 Upper Noosa River
08-2010 Potts Point
08-2010 Peel Island
08-2010 Gateway to City Bike Ride
08-2010 Mud Island
07-2010 Blakesleys Afternoon Paddle
07-2010 Kedron Brook to Scaborough (and return)
04-2010 Colmslie Beach
04-2010 Brighton Park
01-2010 Nundah Creek
01-2010 Blakesleys
01-2010 Upper Noosa River (with a difference)
01-2010 New Year Paddle
12-2009 Potts Point
08-2009 Raby Bay to Peel Island
08-2009 Wynnum Creek to King Island
07-2009 Sandgate to Redcliffe
05-2009 St Helena
04-2009 Wellington Point to Peel
04-2009 Breakfast on Karragarra
03-2009 King Island
03-2009 Mission Point
03-2009 Mud Island
01-2009 Morning Tea at The Pin
01-2009 Circumnavigate Macleay Island
01-2009 New Year Recovery Paddle
12-2008 Caniapa
12-2008 Pine Rivers
11-2008 Coochie Night Paddle
10-2008 Breakfast at Karragarra
10-2008 Girraween
10-2008 Coomera Falls Circuit
09-2008 Hinchinbrook Island
09-2008 Manly Harbour Festival
09-2008 Linville to Blackbutt Rail Trail
08-2008 Weekend at Blakesleys
08-2008 Old Woman Island
08-2008 Circumnavigate Macleay Island
07-2008 Upper Noosa River
07-2008 Weinam Creek to Dunwich
06-2008 Scarborough to Bongaree
06-2008 Wellington Pt to St Helena
06-2008 North Stradbroke Jazz Weekend
05-2008 Point O'Halloran to Blakesleys
04-2008 Upper Noosa River
04-2008 Aquatic Paradise to St Helena Is
04-2008 Eprapah Creek
03-2008 Paradise Point to Moreton Island
03-2008 Wynnum Ck to Tangalooma Point
03-2008 Amity Point weekend
03-2008 Bremer River
03-2008 Brisbane River - Gregors Ck to Barneys Rocks
02-2008 Play Day - Coochie Mudlo
02-2008 World Wetlands Day Paddle
02-2008 Brisbane River night paddle
01-2008 Australia Day Week
01-2008 Blakesleys 3/4 Moon Paddle
01-2008 Shorncliffe to Nudgee
01-2008 Brisbane River - Barneys Rocks to O'Sheas Crossing
12-2007 Raby Bay to One Mile via Blakesleys and Potts Point
12-2007 Diamond Head to Tipplers
12-2007 Wynnum Ck to Green and St Helena Islands
11-2007 Bike Ride Bay Islands
11-2007 Tingalpa Creek
10-2007 Potts Point Night Paddle
10-2007 Return to Gilligans Island
10-2007 Salt Water Creek and Coomera River
09-2007 Elimbah Creek
09-2007 Scarborough to Caboolture River
09-2007 Fraser Island Whale Watching
09-2007 Circumnavigate Russell Island
08-2007 Pine Rivers Night Paddle
08-2007 Linville to Blackbutt Rail Trail
08-2007 Brisbane River City Reach
08-2007 Peel Island
08-2007 Brisbane River
08-2007 Green Island Day Trip
07-2007 Pine Rivers Night Paddle
07-2007 Mooloolah River
07-2007 USS Kitty Hawk in Brisbane River
06-2007 Black Tie on Peel Island
05-2007 Harrys Hut Camping Weekend
04-2007 Theodolite Creek
04-2007 Upper Burrum River
04-2007 Circumnavigate Big Woody
04-2007 Walkers Point to Toogum
03-2007 Boat Passage to Big Sandhills
12-2006 Woodgate to Mon Repos
10-2006 Fraser Island Whale Watching
04-2005 Keppel Islands
12-2004 Fraser Island
10-2004 Munna Point Camping Weekend
10-2004 Mooloolaba to Maroochydore
09-2004 Coochie Mudlo Island
08-2004 Karragarra Island
07-2004 Wellington Point to St Helena Island
06-2004 Noosa River Camping Weekend
05-2004 Brisbane River Night Paddle
04-2004 Budds Beach to Moreton Island
10-2003 Bulwer to Tangalooma
05-2003 Eatonsville to Harwood Island


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Adventurer Anthony Malloch

Linville to Blackbutt Rail Trail
Date: 19-08-2007
Launch: 09:00 Linville Station
Distance: 47km
Conditions: Overcast to rain
A group of 20, 12 peddlers and 8 paddlers gathered at the old Linville Train Station to ride the rail trail to Blackbutt. Jenni gave a brief, cut unceremoniously short by Stan chomping to get away. Stan was the holder of the key and kindly herded everyone through before securing the gates as they were. It was a cool grey day and the gathering clouds looked full of promise. Perfect for the steady uphill climb.

Some paddlers distinguished themselves early by canning off. Dave did it in style - more like a slow barrel roll maintaining seven point contact (2 hands, 2 feet, 2 eyes and 1 butt) whilst flipping over the edge on a steep uphill climb into rough terrain. He emerged calling out "did you see that" and had avoided any broken spokes or bones. A peddler came a cropper but that was on a steep rocky descent which most sensible self preserving paddlers walked.

It is a pretty ride, in places the old line is cut into the hillside with impressive rock formations on either side. Rusted rail spikes and remanents of sleepers were scattered over the track as well as plenty of loose rock. The area looked very dry and several places had been recently burnt. Mark scored a puncture. Dave and Jenni were on hand and their experience soon showed by finding where the puncture was in the tube and then checking the tyre in the corresponding location to find the fine glass shard which would have otherwise been easily missed.

Onward and upward. By now the peddlers were off in the distance. A vote for morning tea by the tail end charlies meant less fruit cake in my pannier and a rest for some tender seats. By the time Mark came back down the track suggesting morning tea, it was too late the cake was in the bag and we were off.

Lunch was had under the shelters in the park around the corner from the bakery where it was a long wait for somewhat ordinary pies. Slippery bike pants almost scored two ignominious landings off the bench onto the concrete. The peddlers had eaten, packed their gear and were ready to head off with the early spats of rain. By the time the paddlers had packed, the jackets were on.

On the return one peddler had a tyre ripped open by a rock. The downhill ride was great although a little unnerving at times with the loose sand and rock. However, as Stan said the faster you go the easier it is to go straight. Also the harder you can off. Fortunately this did not happen (again). The jacket proved itself to be very waterproof and comfortable to ride in - just like the label said.

The finish came with a change into dry clothes and a beer at the pub across the road with the local kitten and pug. This is a great ride and one I would do again.

Tip: This would not be a good ride in heat of summer as shade is limited
Peddlers and paddlers
Has anyone got a patch
On a mission
Another mission
Linville to Blackbutt Rail Trail Map
GPS Trackfile (OziExplorer .plt)