Rides - Victoria, Australia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by jmcg, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Thanks for reading!

    Yeah, it aint getting any warmer any time soon..

    Weather has been cold and miserable making it hard to get out for rides.

    Wind was so bad last night that it knocked out the power in a bunch of places.

    Roll on Summer..

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  2. SuzukiScottie

    SuzukiScottie Adventurer

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    Good posts; giving me some other ideas for day rides out from Watsonia.

    Cheers
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  3. Not the Messiah

    Not the Messiah Not the Messiah

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    Still not takin' any chances on a smile killin', eh?:wink:
    Thanks for the reports and great photos.
    I'm going to spend a couple of weekends following along some of the gravel roads you've used on these rides, there's good looking riding on most of those.
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  4. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Hey, any day you get to go for a ride is a good day, huh :D

    There are lots of places I want to go up around Alexandra, Yea and Broadford.

    Hopefully I can get one of those rare days off together with Mrs Tiger and get some more interesting pics of our travels.

    I find that the Rooftop maps offer really good detail about trails that are overlooked by other maps.

    Thanks for reading!

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  5. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Hahahaha, yeah no chance!

    Roll on Springtime indeed.

    The wind is killing me at the moment!

    Not fun commuting on the bike every day :cry

    See the above reply re: Rooftop maps if you wanna explore out this way.

    Thanks for reading.

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  6. glitch_oz

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    Same crossing...the picnic area looked lots better before the "make-over".

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    Great pics from some unusual spots. :thumb
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  7. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Thanks, man.

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  8. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Yeah, okay..

    So anyone reading will quickly realise that this is much the same route as my last ride.

    This time, however, Mrs Tiger was able to accompany me for the chance to explore a bit more in the area.

    This means more pics from the road, rather than just pics of a bike with slightly different backgrounds :D

    Emerald - Yellingbo.

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    Yellingbo - Dixons Creek.

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    Morning tea at the Dixons Creek Cafe Bar & Grill

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    Dixons Creek - Myers Creek Rd.

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    Myers Creek Rd - Murrundindi Scenic Reserve.

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    Wirrawilla Rainforest Walk.

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    LAst time I stopped here, a bus load of screaming kids arrived shortly afterwards.. This time, there was only a bunch of folks doing Tai Chi, enjoying the serenity..

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    Murrundindi Rd.

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    The Murrindindi Scenic Reserve has some great camping spots I'm keen to check out on a future visit.

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    Camp site.

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    Murrundindi River alongside the road.

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    Murrundindi Scenic Reserve - Narbethong.

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    Falls Creek Rd.

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    Takes more selfies than Rudd..

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    Lost..

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    Black Ridge Rd.

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    Crazy wombat balancing on two legs :huh

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    The realisation that the road is juuust off the edge of the map..

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    Distant views.

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    Plantation Rd.

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    Narbethong - Emerald via the Black Spur and Don Rd.

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    Maroondah Hwy, Narbethong.

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    Must have been making time over the Black Spur judging by the blurry 'action' pics..

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    Actually got a clear run on a Saturday!

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    Don Rd.

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    Avon Rd, Cockatoo.

    Got rained on here, 5 minutes from home..

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    A great ride, expanding a bit on my last visit to the area.

    Enjoyed the fine weather until the last few km's..

    There's still lots of other tracks the explore in the Toolangi State Forest.

    ..might even take the tent next time :D

    Thanks for reading.

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  9. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    This is going to be another one of those 'bike + background' type reports..

    Route for the day:

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    Start km's:

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    Stopped in at the Lilydale General for morning tea with Mrs Tiger who was working today :cry

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    Awesome food. Well worth a visit if you're in the area..

    Went via Silvan and Yellingbo to Beenak Rd.

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    Entering Kurth Kiln Park.

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    Made a loop through Kurth kiln and Bunyip State Parks.

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    View along the power lines from Hunters Rd.

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    Might not look it in the photo, but that is waaay too steep and washed out for the Tiger (and it's pilot!).

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    Looking back on Hunters Rd.

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    Navigation.

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    Further along Hunters Rd looking back at where I crossed under the powerlines a couple of km's earlier.

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    That's where I took the first pic from.

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    Just as I was taking this pic:

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    ..this bloke on a KTM 690 turned up!

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    The only other vehicle I had seen until now.

    We talked bikes for about 30 minutes while I admired his ride.

    Looking back on Hunters Rd from East Beenak Rd.

    A bit more gnarly than I'm used to, but fun.

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    Another powerlines pic.

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    As if the bloke on the 690 wasn't bad enough, I came across a guy on a brand new KTM 1190 Adventure R!

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    In a way it made my day, coz this is the bike that I REALLY want (The Triumph belongs to Mrs Tiger - I am... 'between' bikes) and there are so few of them available for sale that until today I hadn't seen one in the wild.

    Of course, it was all made worse by the fact that of the 19 bikes this guy has owned in his life, he said this was better by far than anything he had ever owned previously.

    To top it off, he even had the helmet I want!!

    Ash Landing Rd/Towt Rd.

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    Towt Rd.

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    Looking back at the park entrance.

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    Blasted home via Tonimbuk on Gembrook Rd.

    End km's.

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    Total km's for the day: 145.

    Got home and sulked and muttered to myself for a while over not being able to own an 1190 like right now, dammit!!

    In all, a good day out.

    Roads were mostly smooth and dry and the weather was fine.

    Got to roadtest my new riding gear and explore some places not yet visited :D

    Thanks for reading.

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  10. Not the Messiah

    Not the Messiah Not the Messiah

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    Arrrgh, I feel your pain JM.
    Went out today with the Disgraceful old Ulyssians and there was some inconsiderate mongrel out flaunting his new WetHead 1200GS. I had to go way down the back of the group out of sight of it, it was upsetting me that much.:cry
    Oh well, keep on with the savings plan and keep riding & posting!
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  11. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Hey, thanks for reading!

    We can't have everything we want all the time, I guess..

    Then there would be nothing to look forward to :D

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  12. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Mrs Tiger and I had a few hours of daylight this afternoon to spend riding together.

    Someone had new boots to try out..

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    Went out with no plans in my head other than to have a meal in Tooradin..

    Start km's:

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    Emerald - Tonimbuk via Gembrook.

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    Through Gembrook.

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    Gembrook - Tonimbuk Rd.

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    Tonimbuk - Longwarry.

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    Some fancy houses hidden away out here..

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    Traffic.

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    Views from Bunyip - Tonimbuk Rd.

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    Crossing Princes Highway.

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    Moo?

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    Sure!

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    Riding into Bunyip township.

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    Longwarry - Tooradin.

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    Low bridge!

    I'm sure we would have made it under without ducking, but I couldn't help myself!

    It seemed waaay too low.

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    Back on the dirt for a stretch on Bridge Rd.

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    Passing a cyclist.

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    North Yannathan Rd.

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    Back on the asphalt twisties.

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    West Gippsland views.

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    Drouin - Poowong Rd.

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    Nyora - Poowong Rd.

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    South Gippsland Hwy to Tooradin.

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    MAde it to Tooradin!

    Great fish 'n' chips here.

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    Enjoying the sunset at Tooradin foreshore.

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    Big ol' tree..

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    Sunset..

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    About to leave.

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    Tooradin - Emerald.

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    End km's:

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    Total km's: 179.

    Our route for the day:

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    Great afternoon for an unplanned ride :D

    Thanks for reading.

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  13. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Day 1:

    11th October 2013

    Emerald - Lorne.

    Mrs Tiger and I had saved up a few days to attend the HU meeting in Cavendish this weekend.

    The only problem with that was that it was fully booked by the time we got around to making a booking :cry

    Oh well, a weekend off is still a weekend away.

    ..and at least we would get the opportunity to try out some new gear and camping toys :D

    Start km's:

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    Packed and ready to go.

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    The only real plan we had for this trip was to avoid the city by taking the ferry across the bay from Sorrento - Queenscliff.

    Stopped for coffee and snacks before the ferry was due in Sorrento.

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    Little crumb thief..

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    Waiting at the back of the line for the ferry.

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    ..and yeah, that's a whole group of Can-Am riders in front of us.

    We would catch up with these folks later in the trip too.

    Ready to ride on board.

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    On board.

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    Looking back to Sorrento.

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    Checking out the new toy!

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    A nice lady Can-Am rider took our pic.

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    Enjoying the view.

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    Docking at Queenscliff.

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    Disembarking behind the Can-Am group.

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    The ferry isn't the most cost-effective method of getting from one side of the bay to the other, but it is the more scenic alternative.

    It was about $45 for the bike + 2 one-way, leaves from both ends on the hour every hour and takes about 45 minutes.

    You get to see the best of both the Mornington and Bellaraine Peninsula's along the way.

    Of course, by this time we had to stop for refreshments in Queenscliff.

    Had these very tasty lamb shank and potato pies followed by apple slice at Anne's Gourmet Kitchen.

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    Main street of Queenscliff.

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    Back on the road, through Ocean Grove.

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    Tried some alternative roads to Anglesea..

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    Until we were met by this.

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    Stopped for a breather in Anglesea.

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    ..before getting back on the road to Lorne.

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    Stopped and set up camp at the Queens Park camping ground in Lorne.

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    Trying out more new stuff..

    Helinox camp chairs!

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    Set up for the night.

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    Wandered into town for fish and chips and a burger.

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    Hung out with the locals..

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    ..and went for a sunset walk along the pier.

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    Signs to places near and far..

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    211 km's for the day.

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  14. TanMcG

    TanMcG Adventurer

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    If I may add my two cents worth to this write up, first thing I'd like to apologise for the photos on day one. Our little point and shoot camera was sent away for repairs recently so I was working with the digital SLR camera, and as I'm not a whizz at these things I somehow managed to change the setting and this seems to have resulted in the photos being quite washed out and not very good quality, so sorry about that!



    It was sweet of jmcg not to mention it, but I think it's hilarious that my first attempt at programming a route into the new GPS was quite a spectacular failure! First off I managed to program a section of shared walking/bicycle track that we couldn't go down, and then we came to this closed road! Go me! I did mention that I'm not very technical right?!

    And I felt this also needs a quick explanation. I was celebrating my victory over being the first to get my new chair set up and sat in :lol3.

    A note on the new chairs: they are ridiculously comfortable! We set them up first and then almost couldn't muster the enthusiasm to get out of them again to set up the tent :wink:
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  15. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Day 2.

    12th October 2013.

    Lorne - Halls Gap.

    Without any real plans, we decided to head inland towards Halls Gap.

    Last time we stayed there, we knew we would have to return and explore some more.

    Besides, the forecast was for poor weather and I didn't want to be battling the wind and rain on the Southern coast..

    Nice and sunny before packing up.

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    Stopped at the Arab Cafe in Lorne for pancakes and poached eggs.

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    The Arab is also a popular biker cafe..

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    Found out that the folks on the Can-Am's from yesterday were part of some organised event in Lorne.

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    Looks like they were ready to go on a ride out somewhere..

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    Pulled in to have a look, but got caught behind them as they were waiting to go.

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    Escaped across the grass lawn adventure style before hitting the Deans Marsh - Winchelsea road.

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    The main street of Birregurra was closed to traffic for a festival.

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    We decided to stop and have a look.

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    Some of us found new friends..

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    ..and some of us found ice-cream!

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    Our next stop was Skipton.

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    Back on the road.

    Nothing much except farmland out here..

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    ..and distant hills.

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    The road between Arrarat and Halls Gap is a bit more scenic.

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    The Grampions in the distance.

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    Arriving at the Lakeside Caravan Park.

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    ..to be met by our old mate Ruffles the crazy Border Collie :D

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    ..who is clearly someone's new best friend.

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    Setting up.

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    Clearly Ruffles believes he is helping out here..

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    Went for a walk along the dam wall of Lake Bellfield that looks over the valley.

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    There be kangaroos down there..

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    I think I can see my tent from here..

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    Yup.

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    278 km's for the day.

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  16. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Day 3.

    13/10/13.

    Halls Gap return loop.

    The weather was looking pretty miserable today.

    There was thunderstorms predicted for later in the evening so we decided to pack up camp until we could work out where we were going to stay for the night.

    Of course, every day starts with an adventure latte :evil

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    Owing to the rubbish weather predicted for the evening, we hired a cabin for the night and dropped off our camping equipment.

    We then set out to ride some of the roads around the Grampions.

    Serra Rd.

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    Weather looks okay here..

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    Not so much here..

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    Glenelg River Road.

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    Stopped for refreshments..

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    Back on the road.

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    Glenelg River Road.

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    Cloudy..

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    Stony Creek Rd/Northern Grampions Rd.

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    Returning to Halls Gap via Northern Grampions Rd.

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    Very scenic.

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    Back in Halls Gap.

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    Lunch from the bakery.

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    ..and then the rain came!

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    It would rain on and off for the rest of the day.

    We decided to retire to our cabin.

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    Went for a walk later and saw this 'roo with a passenger :D

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    Bye!

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    Yeah, it's cold!

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    Pizza for dinner.

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    Only 76 km's for the day.

    Gps track for the day.

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    Not very helpful as it isn't labelled, but you sort of get the idea if you imagine that Halls Gap is located near the upper right hand corner of the track..
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  17. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    If I may say: You have some very pretty country there. I was in Sydney and Hobart (I know, the other side :D) in 1980 when our squadron was deployed in the western Pacific. I enjoyed Australia immensely and would someday very much like to go back and travel some more there.

    Love your photos, although still having adjustment problems riding on the "wrong" side :-)
    This photo amused me a bit, because it reminds me very much of central Oregon around Madras and Bend...:rofl

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  18. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Hi Bob, thanks for reading!

    You're lucky to have been to Tasmania.

    We live right next door to the place and yet we've never been there!!

    There are some sketchy plans to go there for a couple of weeks early next year.

    Hope you get to come and visit sometime.

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  19. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Day 4.

    14/10/13.

    Halls Gap - Emerald.

    Got up early for the ride home.

    Still raining :cry

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    Some of the local wildlife was hanging around our cabin..

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    The weather was on and off all the way home..

    Looking back at the Grampions through the clouds.

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    Setting off again after a short break.

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    Some views on the road home.

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    Made it home just as it really started to pour rain..

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    End km's.

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    Total km's for the trip: 897

    314 km's for the day.

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    It was good to have a few days away, but the weather at this time of year is a bit unpredictable.

    Mrs Tiger has to go back to study but I'm hoping for some more rides over the next couple of weeks :D

    Thanks for reading.

    Cheers,

    JM.
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  20. jmcg

    jmcg Turpinated..

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    Setting off.

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    On the road..

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    West Gippsland views.

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    Leongatha.

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    Hmmm..

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    I wonder...

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    Well, why not.

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    Stopped down the road for a quick photo op.

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    Stopped at Inverloch for lunch.

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    Great fish and chips!

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    Can I have a go?

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    Cake and coffee :D

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    Sea views..

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    Mrs Tiger had to test out the pillion seat.

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    Quick ride by.

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    Unfortunately, the time came when the 1190 had to be handed back :cry

    Back home again on the ever faithful Tiger.

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    Looking forward to the 2014 model release of the 1190 Adventure..

    Cheers,

    JM.
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