LONG JOURNEY: Brisbane couple Luke Hamilton and Bronwyn Kelly stopped in at Kingaroy during their five day cycling trip from Kilkivan to Ipswich on the rail trails.
LONG JOURNEY: Brisbane couple Luke Hamilton and Bronwyn Kelly stopped in at Kingaroy during their five day cycling trip from Kilkivan to Ipswich on the rail trails. Matt Collins

Fancy a 300km bike ride? Cyclists enjoy our rail trail

UNLESS you are a cyclist, you may find it hard to comprehend the love cyclists have for their two-wheeled adventures.

Brisbane couple, Luke Hamilton and Bronwyn Kelly are two such cycling enthusiasts and they are currently enjoying a five-day cycling trip from Kilkivan through to Ipswich.

Making the most of the long weekend, the fit pair left from their home in Brisbane on Wednesday evening as they partake on the approximately 300km journey.

"We got the train from Brisbane to my parents place in Gympie and mum drove us to Kilkivan,” Miss Kelly said.

They would have ridden further but some of the roads were not as friendly as the rail trail, which has been purpose built for walkers and cyclists.

"Riding from Gympie would've been a bit of a mission,” she said.

"The Wide Bay Highway is not very kind for cyclists.”

After starting at Kilkivan, the pair travelled along the rail trail to Wondai and camped overnight fortunately avoiding the worst of the overnight storms.

"There were two big storms but we seemed to stay in between them,” Mr Hamilton said.

On Friday morning they set off to Yarraman, stopping in at Kingaroy for morning tea.

The plan then is to head through to Esk on Saturday and then make the trek back to Ipswich on Monday.

Miss Kelly who is a cartographer (someone who produces maps) was a significant part of developing the rail trail maps and said it would be a little embarrassing if she got lost.

"If I get lost out here there is a problem because I made the maps,” she joked.

The Brisbane couple recommended all couples to take long bike rides together and they said the rail trail is the perfect place to do it.

"I quite like the bit out of Kilkivan, you climb up the range to Goomeri, it's lovely,” Miss Kelly said.

They said it was a relaxing way to clear your mind and de-stress.

"The only company we have had is a herd of cattle,” Miss Kelly said.

"There are no cars, no roads and no trucks, it's just lovely.”

They warned a good bike is a must, and learning proper riding techniques would prevent sore body parts.

"The trick is to balance the weight of your body through the bike,” Miss Kelly said.

"Your body weight should be in three places; your legs, your butt and your arms.”

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