Huge milestone reached along Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail
Congratulations to Ray Davies, the 50000th person to go past the Tumbarumba counter on the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail on Sunday 5 February 2023.
Ray had ridden 45km from his home at Courabyra, on roads and along the rail trail, and had another 15km to get home when he was stopped by committee members Cathy Fitzgerald and Debbie Harris, to be told that he was the 50000th person to go past the counter. He was amazed, saying he’d never ‘won’ anything before.
Ray is almost 80, rides a Trek e-bike and the committee couldn’t be happier to have Ray be the special 50000th person. In the early days of the rail trail, Ray was on the committee but over the years with age and bushfires wiping out his home, he hasn’t been involved so much. In many ways he was a very fitting person to be the 50000th and a local as well. Ray is often seen riding around the area and is well known at the Tumbarumba Men’s Shed.
The committee knew that the 50000th was imminent and were constantly checking the counter over the weekend to try and work out when it would happen. They planned an impromptu gathering at Figures Street trail head with friends and supporters, to enjoy the lovely Sunday afternoon atmosphere with a picnic dinner. Ray appeared on the trail before the gathering was underway but stayed around to enjoy the celebrations and congratulations and was happy to receive a gift of a rail trail mug and magnet in front of the crowd. He also cut the cake, which was made by Cathy Fitzgerald, and shared with all those present.
Shortly afterwards a family group of six, including grandparents from Scotland and grandchildren aged 3 and 6, rode by and were invited to join in the celebrations. They all loved the rail trail experience with the 6-year-old riding all the way from Rosewood to Tumbarumba under her own steam! They were happy to enjoy some cake after all that exercise.
The counters went in shortly after the official opening in April 2020. The Rosewood counter will pass this milestone in coming months, and we wonder who that person will be?
This is a wonderful achievement for the rail trail committee, supporters, local tourism operators and users like – thanks to you if you’ve been counted in that 50000.
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The Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail team (volunteers)
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A Guide to Riding the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail