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K1W1
05-01-2008, 08:16 PM
.. well no actually that's a lie that ranks alongside "Oh but I love you", "Of course I will respect you in the morning" and the other one but it makes an attention grabbing headline.

So what does one do when the forecast for Melbourne is yet another 37C+ day?

One leaves home shortly after 6.30am alone armed with camera and no real plan. I decided that today I was going to have a quiet ride by myself so I could stop where ever and when ever I wanted to take photos without annoying other members of the Collective.

So by 7am I was past Sherbrooke, Kallista, Monbulk and on my way towards Worri Yallock heading to the hills.

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A quick stop to look at the Asian fruit pickers hard at work picking the Strawberries that will be in the Supermarket next week.

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then on through Seville to Launching Place and up the Don Road toward Patons Gap

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I wish we could get some of that northern water into the dams down here

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Up onto the Healesville - Donna Buang Road and back onto the asphalt for a couple of kms.

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then more gravel

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a little mountain water fall

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20 litres of your best spring water please

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I really do hate having to ride these roads (re read the begining of this story)

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park the bike and walk 500 metres to the summit of Ben Cairn (Note to self. Take bike gear off first next time).

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Check local wildlife.

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(the Lyrebirds got away too quickly for me to grab a shot and I didn't think mounds of Wombat dung would be very photogenic)

continue riding to the Hang Glider launching ramp

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People willingly jump of that holding glorified sheets above their heads? And they say bike riders are crazy?

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Around to the summit of Mt Donna Buang and a climb to the top of the lookout tower.
(Note to self. Take bike gear off first next time).

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250cc trail bikes look small from the top

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Descend to Warburton for some breakfast at the Three Sugars (Note to readers. If you want something special try the Wild Thyme Cafe)

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Photo for Pete to show what he missed

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Fresh Blueberry Muffin still warm and cooked with local Blueberries picked only yesterday

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Breakfast over it's time to head home

via a quick stop to check how the 2008 vintage is coming along

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as you can see it's still a couple of months till harvest

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then another stop to chat with Phil Chapman and buy some Cherries (picked this morning)

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and for future reference 2kg of Cherries fit very nicely into a Givi E21 pannier

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and from the Chapmans it's back to Monbulk up to Olinda through Sassafras and home.

Ride time - about 4 hours
Ride distance - wasn't looking, around 120kms
Enjoyment - priceless

warnabrother
06-01-2008, 08:52 AM
fantastic ride Richard.. and close on what I do as a favourite loop.. except we come through Pakenham, up to Gembrook through to Launching Place..

great "unrestricted" road between Pakenham and Gembrook..

nice pics as well..

iffracem
06-01-2008, 09:45 AM
:clap::clap:

eggsellent

lorve the little extra shots like muffins and spring water filling...

well done, loved it

iffracem
06-01-2008, 09:48 AM
oo yeah, gotta add that I was gunna save up 4 a speed triple, but I reckon those photos have stromafide me....

warnabrother
06-01-2008, 11:03 AM
but I reckon those photos have stromafide me....

assimilate now :muahaha:

iffracem
06-01-2008, 01:03 PM
Hahaa!

well, I'm single again now, so might just do BOTH!!! :so

(but the strom looks like coming first now.. like maybe my birfdee present to me in august :rolleyes:)

Stromer
06-01-2008, 07:31 PM
oo yeah, gotta add that I was gunna save up 4 a speed triple, but I reckon those photos have stromafide me....

Oh come on Jim
you know you want to join our cult ...ahem I mean Strom collective
:clap:


Tracey

farawayman
06-01-2008, 07:41 PM
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I love the light at that hour of the morning great photos Richard


Descend to Warburton for some breakfast at the Three Sugars (Note to readers. If you want something special try the Wild Thyme Cafe)

Try the Crundish Cafe they are good to. Go out the back and take a table overlooking the river, you can park out there too, or there is a new cafe up beside the hardware over the road from the shell servo.

iffracem
06-01-2008, 07:54 PM
Oh come on Jim
you know you want to join our cult ...ahem I mean Strom collective
:clap:


Tracey

OO 'Allo Tracey , nice ta see you.

Checking em out online.. must talk to Glitch first tho.
You and Phil be at the supers, or around smellbum then, be good to catch up.

glitch
08-01-2008, 09:42 AM
Hahaa!
but the strom looks like coming first now..

:glu YOU???...on a Strom??
:rofl::rofl::rofl:

NAW!!!! :bs:bs

glitch
08-01-2008, 09:46 AM
Photo for Pete to show what he missed

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Fresh Blueberry Muffin still warm and cooked with local Blueberries picked only yesterday

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BASTARD !!!
Yeah....rub it in !!

GREAT pics mate, a joy to look at over and over!!
And a great spread, too...interesting mix of general and detail. :so:so

Clowndog
08-01-2008, 03:05 PM
Great pics mate, love the idea of a shot through the front disc, thats using yer noggin ! :D