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Old 19-07-2018, 09:25 AM   #1
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Default Goorambat Gander

What else to do on a winters Wednesday morning? go for a ride.

Left home and dodged school zones through the northern subs, in and out of Kinglake, up the Melba to Yea, then the Hwy to Bonnie Doon. Had a close call on the section of road between Yea and Molesworth. This had previously been an 80kph zone until they completed installing wire rope barriers down the road between the oncoming lanes. Since they completed that job it's back up to 100kph. When they installed the WRB they also added another overtaking lane around a bend heading towards Molesworth. I was in the left lane catching up to a slower vehicle and moved into the right lane, only to spot an oncoming car in my lane (on the wrong side of the WRB). I merged back to the left lane with plenty of room to spare, but it highlighted an issue with moving barriers which people are accustomed to seeing on the road edge to the centre of the road.

First stop was at Lake Eildon

From Bonnie Doon I headed north to Benalla for fuel then onto Goorambat. Stopped in pub here for lunch.

Jo and I had been to this pub a number of times previously, in 2009 for the dark night rally, and again in 2012 for lunch when we were heading to Corowa to meet up with Birtles on his Australian CT110 adventure. Previously, it was, quite a dump, but new owners and a new menu, a slap of paint inside and some friendly smiles and it has a new lease on life and hopefully, the painted silo 100 metres away will attract some more people through the town.

Then it was up the road about 10km to Devenish where another painted silo is giving people a reason to get off the main roads and to stop for a few minutes.

Time to head for home. First west to Dookie, then south through Violet Town

A few km down the Hume then off at Euroa and south on the Merton Road. I turned off onto Killeens Hill Road and through Caveat and Highlands

From Yea I headed home through Flowerdale. Noticed a new bushfire memorial has sprung up next to the footpath in Hazeldene. It's not completed yet.

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