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Old 04-18-2013, 11:53 PM   #2
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Day 1 – Allans Flat to Merricks

We got a late start today. Sidestand up was at 1pm, two hours later than originally planned. Today is probably the longest day of riding on this trip, and we knew we would be finishing the ride in the dark. Since hewby’s GM250 isn’t well suited to the freeways, we took small roads, heading out via Beechworth and Milewa, on to Powers Lookout, Alexandra, and the Black Spur.

Porwit-20130406-1184-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

The roads started out pretty straight, but got twisty once we began the climb up to Powers Lookout. The lookout itself was a hideout for a bushranger named Powers, from where he could survey the valley and know when police were coming. The views were nice, but riding the gravel roads through the eucalyptus forest, with dappled sunshine, felt really nice. We rode through some rain, which made the eucalyptus forest smell of smoke – much of this area had burned in the great fires of 2009. The smoke smell didn’t last long and soon turned to that fresh mentol scent of gum trees.

Porwit-20130406-1185-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr


Porwit-20130406-1187-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr


Porwit-20130406-1197-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

After Powers Lookout we continued south towards Bonnie Doon, a touchstone location in the iconic Australian movie The Castle. From there we headed towards Alexandra, and then over the Black Spur. This was another great piece of road, reminiscent of the Bay Area’s Santa Cruz Mountains, with its dense forest canopy of gum trees, and great ferns forming the underbrush.


Porwit-20130406-1202-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr


Porwit-20130406-1208-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr


Porwit-20130406-1214-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

From there we entered the outer suburbs east of Melbourne, eventually hopping onto the newly constructed Eastlink motorway, which took us down the Mornington Peninsula, to Merricks, a small beach community, where hewby spent many a summer as a child. The next day and a half were going to be a family reunion on occasion of hewby’s mother’s birthday, and I was looking forward to meeting the extended hewby clan.


Porwit-20130406-1217-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr


Porwit-20130406-1218-Orig.jpg by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr
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