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    Paging Silvan / Mt Ev riders... Aquaduct Trail advice.

    Hey locals

    My uncle (60) has been told the aquaduct trail is a nice ride and connects up with the warbie trail somewhere. I know of the aquaduct trail but am after advice on where to get on it and whats the best route? We're talking about a flattish gravel ride here, not looking for mtb tracks as such.

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    The real aqueduct trail runs through Mt Evelyn. If you go to the small park behind IGA you'll see it there. From there, it runs both ways: further into residential Mt Evelyn, I forget exactly where it ends up; and the other way, across York Rd, it winds around and yes, almost joins up to the Warby trail between the Cog and York Rd. A nice little out and back detour from that point. Easier to find it from near IGA though.
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    Thanks John, that all makes sense. Appreciate it.

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    Speaking of Aquaducts; have you lot checked out O'Shannassy Aquaduct trail?

    http://www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/resources05/05_1751.pdf

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    Looks interesting. I never even knew of it. Have you got any pics?
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    No, sorry, I've not ridden it.

    Andrew has but not for some time.. it's somewhere I've been meaning to get to (one day!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob
    Looks interesting. I never even knew of it. Have you got any pics?
    It's nice, park on the Don Rd and take it all the way up to the weir. No real big hills, fairly scenic. About 65km round trip from memory. Saw a few lyre birds which were happy to see me.

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    Definitely on my list now thanks to those pics cowleyd.

    Congrats on the pic posting. Gold star for you.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Well here's a crazy coindedence. Turns out my Uncle was planning to ride the O'Shannasey Aqueduct instead of Mt Evelyn anyways. So yes now I have ridden it.

    Was cool. We rode the most well constructed part which is probably 10km one way, 10km back and flat but a nice ride. Has a lot of singletracks darting off it though so if you are allowed to ride those it would be sweet. Great views too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chumbox
    Has a lot of singletracks darting off it though so if you are allowed to ride those it would be sweet. Great views too.
    'sif not being allowed would discourage me.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Let's go!
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    it'll have to wait for now
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Hey, I can actually comment on this one (O'Shannassy aquaduct). Ive ridden it twice with some mates from Healsville. Parked at Woori Yallock train station on the Warburton trail, headed to warburton then up into the hills to the aquaduct trail, then back to woori yallock. About 40kms from memory. One or two climbs but fairly steady easy going most of the way. A few small single tracks towards the end. Very pleasant ride.

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    So is the new Cog open yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hud
    So is the new Cog open yet?
    Yes, with 'bells and whistle', coffee and muffins. The shop has the best views of any shop in Warby. Should be a big hit!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carver96er
    Yes, with 'bells and whistle', coffee and muffins. The shop has the best views of any shop in Warby. Should be a big hit!!
    Was closed when I went past on Tues but can agree that it's location and views are great. Will do well as a coffee shop apart from the fact it's also a bike shop. It's literally smack bang on the warbie trail like the Mt Ev one.

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    I suspect this may have been what I rode this yesterday. If so, maybe it was once a good trail, but frankly I found it to be one of the worst experiences riding ever. The trails are overgrown and there's leaf litter and large sticks and logs everywhere, many of which you can't see because of the overgrowth. This means it's simply not safe to ride them at any speed unless you're happy to accept a pretty good risk of going OTB, as there's a LOT of fallen trees and big logs to get over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by akashra
    I suspect this may have been what I rode this yesterday. If so, maybe it was once a good trail, but frankly I found it to be one of the worst experiences riding ever. The trails are overgrown and there's leaf litter and large sticks and logs everywhere, many of which you can't see because of the overgrowth. This means it's simply not safe to ride them at any speed unless you're happy to accept a pretty good risk of going OTB, as there's a LOT of fallen trees and big logs to get over.
    Wow where was that bit? The section I rode was pretty much gravelled fire trail next to an aqueduct? Sounds like you had a great day of cyclocross.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chumbox
    Wow where was that bit? The section I rode was pretty much gravelled fire trail next to an aqueduct? Sounds like you had a great day of cyclocross.
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    Yep farkin.net is mostly immature kids asking how to put dual crown forks on hardtails and such.

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    Oh sorry I was on the O'Sahnnese Aqueduct in Warbie... makes sense now... sorry to hear it was so bad.

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    That's a long way from the O'Shanassey Aqueduct, Akashra!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnŠ
    That's a long way from the O'Shanassey Aqueduct, Akashra!
    Yep, see

    www.parkweb.vic.gov.au/resources05/05_1751.pdf

    It is now open all the way to the weir.

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    I take it that is GPS data laid onto a map Akashra? It doesn't really add up to me, but it looks like the bit you struggled with is what we call the time trial loop. It's getting more overgrown all the time.
    It's strange but going by the route indication it appears you didn't find any of the singletracks out there even though you were surrounded by them. Persevere with the area, including the Arboretum and you'll nut out some good rides.
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    No need to persevere on your own either, Akashra. There are plenty of locals who'd be glad to show you the best of Silvan!
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