Grand Ridge Rd & Woods Point Rds, Victoria

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by masterbrewer, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    A Wicked, Wiggly, Wride, Winding Wictoria's Wild & Woolly Winterland :ricky :raabia

    Talk about a giddy up, straight from the horses mouth :D

    The Grand Ridge Road ... (with it's daunting speeding logging trucks comin' at ya :yikes)

    https://maps.google.com.au/maps?sad...tv0dqX--CA&dirflg=ht&via=1,2,4,5,6,7&t=h&z=15

    Aberfeldy to Woods Point ... (rough as all hell! :eek1)

    https://maps.google.com.au/maps?sad...irflg=ht&mra=mrv&via=1,2,4,5,6,7,9,10,11&z=14

    Woods Point To Eildon ... (although tar from Jaimeson .... just fantastic riding :rayof)

    https://maps.google.com.au/maps?sad...hdVYEBQ&oq=gembrook&t=h&dirflg=ht&mra=ls&z=15

    Snobs Creek/Eildon Warburton Rd ... (complete solitude for over 2 hours of fabulous trails:wings)

    https://maps.google.com.au/maps?sad...hdVYEBQ&oq=gembrook&t=h&dirflg=ht&mra=ls&z=14

    The Fast Reefton Spur ... (with its 'Boy Racers' :pynd)

    https://maps.google.com.au/maps?sad...hdVYEBQ&oq=gembrook&t=h&dirflg=ht&mra=ls&z=15

    Finally: The super fast Gembrook Sweepers :rilla

    https://maps.google.com.au/maps?sad...hdVYEBQ&oq=gembrook&t=h&dirflg=ht&mra=ls&z=15

    :knary .What can I say? ... :wings

    Well! actually a bit more :D & with pictures too :deal
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  2. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Arriving in Melbourne TDM in tow, another big storm was brewing :wink: similar to that which hit Victoria several days earlier bringing down numerous trees, which we were to encounter later.

    Thoughts of being blown off the very high Westgate Bridge crossed my mind, looking at the closing weather.

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    But luckily I made it to the other side before it dumped its load.

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    The next day, the weather was perfect as I met up with Graeme (wisejangrae) and my TDM's younger well booted & knobbied sister & Steve (stevegt738) at of course, our first bakery :D

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    Envy was obvious between the TDM's and action was needed to calm our special girls. :toney

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    Out of site ... out of mind cover up did the trick, as a younger one's assets always look bigger & more attractive ................ I'm talking front tyre knobs here, you know :lol3

    Unfortunately Steve had other plans, as we departed for the start of the Grand Ridge Road at Seaview, ever distracted by such beautiful rolling country side.

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    In view of what road damage potentially lay ahead judging by the sign, Graeme started doing a "Rossi" me thinks :lol3

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    Simply stunning scenery :raabia

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    It wasn't long before an important stop was called for ........................... to meet up with Fred (Hausi) of course . :evil
    What ever were you guys thinking :lol3

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    I am cured, I saw the light :rofl

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    Self service was good.

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  3. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Gonna need to see more of your travels in my back yard..

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    Great start.

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    Cheers,

    JM.
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  4. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Into the Grand Ridge Road jungle propper.

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    The senses were desperately trying to work out how it was possible for a high speed, fully loaded logging truck coming seemingly straight at ya on such narrow dirt roads, to pass and you still be alive after, :huh ?

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    There was no room for error on the sometimes very soft & sloppy ground :yikes

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    Never-the-less we pressed on and luckily only encountered 3 trucks on the day :knary

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  5. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    Surviving the approx. 80kms as the crow fly's, but over 130kms of actual fantastic riding trails, we headed north across the valley passing one of the few coal fired power stations still operating.

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    Looking south to the ridges just ridden, before heading into the real Melbourne Mountain Country.

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    Our fabulous tour guide Graeme, left us at Rawson, well equipped with the necessary info to reach the Woods Point camping ground, crossing the Thompson reservoir wall and onwards. Casually commenting that the 40km track from Aberfeldy to Woods Point may be interesting :deal .............................. f*#k me, that was definitely an understatement if I ever heard one :lol3

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    After encountering some of the roughest narrow, 1,000 foot over the edge tracks we had ridden so far, some 20kms into the 40kms we came across a Road Closed sign ahead of several soft, slippery, sloppy, shit sections. WTF is this stuff doing here :huh Later in Jameison the servo owner said he was bogged there for hours the previous week.

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    By this time, late in the afternoon and with the dazzling sun in our eyes, tiredness in our bodies & a thirst in our mouths :dutch there was no turning back, so we cautiously paddled our way through (pride had nothing to do with anything by this stage, besides Fred was eventually going back to Austria and if he didn't tell, I would tell :D ................... ooops! what have just done, sorry Fred :lol3)

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    Finally casually easing into Wood Point

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    Before the obligatory photo shoot in front of the Wood Point Servo :D

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    On entering the camp ground, the first sign I saw was this :eek1

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    So I made a bee line to safety :lol3

    The Austrian wanted to experience a true Australian Trail Riding experience, so I thought I shouldn't feel guilty at all :rofl

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  6. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    The next morning was absolutely glorious riding, temp a comfortable sunny clear skyed 14 degrees. On the trail by 7am we casually took the amazing scenery at a easy riding 30 kms/hour, stopping often to check it was all real :raabia

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    As we followed the Jameison River north

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    Stopping often, reflecting on the ecstasy we were actually experiencing :raabia:raabia:raabia

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    Looking back on the what we had just ridden. :rayof

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    We were smokin' :wings

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  7. masterbrewer

    masterbrewer TDMster

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    It was at Jameison that my new found international traveller friend, Fred departed. Heading towards the eastern coast for his, take it as it comes, 3 months ride around Australia. It was a pleasure to catch up, safe riding Fred. :thumb

    Unfortunately my first port of call, thanks to recommendations, The Jameison Brewery, was still closed, so I pressed on to Lake Eildon.

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    It was at this point I dropped the camera and so everything after this was guesswork.

    Although now tar, the road from Jameison to Eildon was absolutely fabulous riding :clap

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    I remembered this yet another fantastic track from my last venture into Melbourne Mountain Country some 7 years ago.

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    Not a soul to be seen.

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    After a bite to eat at Eildon amongst the very similar looking people :eek1 :lol3

    I couldn't wait to experience more trail riding ecstasy

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    Moving into areas of absolute solitude .................... I didn't see another soul for at least 3hours, the atmosphere & scenery was amazing.

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    Before popping out at a T junction ...................... right was Marysville & the Archeron Way :raabia ..... left was the Reefton Spur :raabia

    Decisions ... decisions ... decisions :hmmmmm

    Then all of a sudden some "Boy Racers" dressed to the hilt, buzzed past.

    Decision made :D ....................... let's wipe the smile of their faces :lol3 when a fully laden TDM is keepin' up & lookin' to pass at times. :pynd

    Besides I was sceneried out by now, so let the fun begin :lurk Heaps of tree litter on the road was to my advantage :evil

    To conclude an amazing 2 days of absolutely enjoyable riding, the Gembrook fast sweeping open curves sealed my experience once & for all :bow
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  8. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Gee, I wshed I could have made it Kym. Looks to be fantastic vistas.....:clap
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  9. kano650

    kano650 Been here awhile

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    That area around Snobs Falls looks like some great ADV riding country. Good stuff Kym. :freaky
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  10. Valleyam

    Valleyam South Australian Tiger resistance group

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    Fantastic pictures and report, I'm amazed at the places you have taken the TDM M.B. it has and continues to serve you well.
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  11. philth

    philth www.motorbikin.com.au

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    love those tdms
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  12. Aussie Trev

    Aussie Trev aka DRTrev

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    Be careful what you wish for Philth, he rode one of your Tigers in the Flinders in April and refused to get off of it...:ddog

    Meanwhile I was stuck on the TDM.....which lacks some of the refinements of the Cats......but is hard to keep up with when he's got his eye in..:huh
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  13. aussie ttoad

    aussie ttoad T.T.O.A.D

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    Great pics and report.
    Looks like you guys had heaps of fun
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  14. Kimi

    Kimi Been here awhile

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    well MB your ride report made me homesick to say the least.... I did my early riding on the lovely Grand Ridge road, on a property on the Foster/Boolarra road.

    It was our weekend stomping ground as young unregistered totally feral riders , some of the forest trails are full of leeches too... the NP's are great, tall tall timber- Tarra Bulga is just awesome for a walk, only Mountain Ash not burnt since '39 fires in the district and usually a few lyrebirds...my only serious stack was with meeting the little swamp wallabies.....grrr....they just hop straight out of the thick forest.....

    Did the Mirboo Nth Brewery still sell the "1080" beer by any chance ?
    it was a funny drop to bring to a bbq :evil
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  15. craig525

    craig525 KTM NUT

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    +one lived at Balook for a couple of years then visited for another 10 my parents owned the grand ridge motel cut my teeth around there . The logging trucks were always bad attended more than one accident used to speak to the drivers basically they dont give a shit you get out of the way or you get hit:huh:huh:huh
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  16. stevegt738

    stevegt738 Been here awhile

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    Looks like you had an interesting trip Kym. With the amount of rain we've had this year (which is why I headed west for the weekend) I'm not surprised that some spots would be interesting. The Aberfeldy / Matlock rd looks like what I expected.

    The area around Snobs Creek Rd and Eildon / Warburton Rd has some real nice riding.

    It was good to meet you and Graeme, if only for 40 minutes.
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  17. Sol Erzenberg

    Sol Erzenberg Lost somewhere

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    Great ride report MB, I would love to do some riding again in the high country..:clap

    The scenery looks very different to a lot of the dusty dry adv rides that we do here..:lol3

    Good to see you out & about on the bike again, will have to catch up soon.

    Cheers, Sol..:thumb
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  18. Hausi1

    Hausi1 asd

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    Love the ride report.

    Was a blast riding with you, thanks for taking me along!

    Was quite a good introduction to Australian road conditions :D


    Seems like you did find some more beautiful trails, might have to check them out on my way back down...


    Cheers :freaky
    Fred (in Proserpine right now)
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  19. Crash77

    Crash77 Been here awhile

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    Great area. When you were at Frenchmans Gap near Woods Point, did you notice all the trees along the power line were cut off from the top like tottem poles? There's 1187 of them.

    Crash
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    Thank's for sharing, beautiful country.
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