Hmmm, Rail Trails are just 'OK' in my books. (whilst touring)
They're alright if you are just punting around, but with a loaded bike with panniers and all they are painful.
(maybe that's because i'm a slacker!)
No seriously, loose gravel can be tiring (sic) to ride on, and being a 'rail trail' there's usually a good, or alright, road parallel to it. - which is where you'll find my lazy butt! hehe.
I do enjoy taking the cyclocross bike on the trails though, just for something different. - good workout too.
Whilst on the subject, Tassie has a MASSIVE mother of all rail trails that runs pretty much the entire length of the isle, it's suited (or was aimed) more for horse riders, but nonetheless...
There's also a good rail trail from Geelong to Queenscliff on the Bellarine Peninsula, it makes a killer training/skills session if you are on a road bike, AND it's safe to take kiddies on too (maybe not for a killer training ride tho)
I think that's the best thing about trails like that, good family riding areas.
What i was looking for (from you keen tourers!) was a really really really excellent touring trip (7+days, 500+Km)
Possibly with a 'twist'
E.g. Riding through town 'X' which has the BEST (insert food/drink here) and Y (insert really cool whatever here) !
St Helens in tassie is a good one, boringish town, but 12km North and WHOA BOY - the BEST! (actually i think it only came second) beach in thw world. Bay of Fires, Nice beach, hard to ride on but...
Same goes for Dinner Plain in Vic Highcountry, very pretty AND there's a cool lodge up there run by a German dude. Awesome food and super friendly.
That's kind of what i'm about when i posted this message.
Have a great cycling weekend everyone!
Radio National killed me on my last trip. All i wanted was music! I did 'learn' lots of obscure stuff about s'thing i can't remember.