What better way to celebrate Australia Day than to go riding and camping for 3 days! So having prepared by sitting at a desk for the last 6 months I packed the gear onto the bike and headed out. Sunday Day 1 - living in the outer East of Melbourne it isn’t too far on tar to get to the gravel of the Woods Point road which was in pretty good shape for reasonable speed. On through Matlock to Mt Selma Rd which was pretty cut up by 4x4s during winter digging deep ruts and exposing quite a bit of loose rock. Quick stop for a pie at Licola then up to Howett Plains. Lots of 4x4 idiots to dodge on the way, but the road was in reasonable condition to get on some pace. Stopped at Hewitt Hut to get some feeling back in my bum (whatever happened to the comfy trail bike seats of the old days?) and water the plants. Then on to Zeka Spur Track. I was a bit nervous about how steep it might be, but it wasn’t the steepness, it was the amount of loose rock at the top half that made going slow and rough. The sharp switchback resulted in a couple of close encounters with 4wds coming uphill. Getting down to the valley floor I could see why the valley was settled even though it is really isolated. I puttered around and eventually found a nice spot to camp.