Biggenden a welcome 'trail' rest

TWO hardy horse riders, Craig Landy and Shirley Marr have praised Biggenden's Luke Dutton Shelter, a rest area on the Bicentennial National Trail, giving the shed a 10-out-of-10 for accommodation.

The couple left their Atherton Tableland home near Mt Bartle Frere some 30 months ago, with the end of the trail at Healesville, Victoria in their sights.

Usually travelling with a large horse-drawn wagon, Mr Landy said the hilly terrain in the area south of Builyan caused them to leave it waiting to be towed to south of Blackbutt once the riders have ridden to there.

“We ride about 700km, or when the weather becomes too hot, we find work, earn some money and spell the horses for a while,” he said.

They enjoy calling in at schools, and Biggenden students had the opportunity to learn about the trip and see some of their horses.

The couple alternately ride four of the horses, and use the other clydesdale-cross as pack horses, all of which are shod.

Their next rest stop will be Kilkivan, the half-way point of the Bicentennial Trail which begins at Cape York.

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