Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail

Linking central Victoria via the old railway line

Art and the Wellsford State Forest

The Friends of the Bendigo-Kilmore Rail Trail’s monthly Wednesday ride, an organised activity for its members, attracted eleven riders for the September ride. This activity had a number of reasons for riders to participate, especially being able to explore parts of the Wellsford State Forest in Spring. With the forest being close to both the urban area of Bendigo and the O’Keefe Rail Trail, getting to the ride’s starting point was made easy.

September’s Wednesday Ride group members. Photo: Judy McLaren

Even though there had been heavy rain the night before, the planned ride route using forest tracks saw those tracks in good condition, plus the weather on the day was ideal for being outdoors and on a bike. Ride leader Greg Ralton’s destination for the riders was The Forest Gallery, where Terry Jarvis has his art studio and house.

Artist Terry Jarvis addressing the Friends members over morning tea. Photo: Judy McLaren

Spring wild flowers were in abundance, and sitting within the gardens of the Gallery having morning coffee or tea plus cake was an added bonus of the activity. Terry gave the riders a talk on the history of the property and its buildings, plus his contribution to the art world.

The group enjoying The Forest Galley and the art displays. Photo: Judy McLaren

Thanking Terry for his hospitality and Greg for his planning, all riders enjoyed the experience and would happily do the same again. The next Wednesday ride will be on 26 October, with details to be advised to members.

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