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Old 27-10-2015, 08:41 AM   #16
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Default Re: At The Crack Of Dawn...Balloons Rising In The Yarra Valley

I.ll NEVER get any work done at this rate...
Those pictures are
I can just imagine the crew after the balloons, the chase an adventure in itself

Great post and report

WOW!
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Old 27-10-2015, 09:48 AM   #17
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A quick hop across the deserted Black Spur, a short circle around Camp Marysville and the Horizons Unlimited crowd (looked well attended with a guesstimated 100-120?? maybe?? and lots of tents out the front.
A few waves...then back through Marysville and Steavenson's Falls.

After the late discoveries of Tommys Bend Track and Paradise Plains it was time to check out the last of the approaches to the Mt. Strickland ridge....sweet!!




Even comes with its own waterfall...trickle, really. Pfeiffer Falls!







At some point, Yellow Dog Rd. turns into a bare-earth track (which also seems to cut through to Tommys Bend, but I'll leave that for a Husky-run...and even that might turn out too big for it.)
Just disregard the turn-off and follow the formed gravel road to the ridge.




A quick dogleg and some carefree bends-carving towards the Lake Mountain resort. Has anyone ever bothered to tell those guys to go and shove their "resort-entry-fees" where the sun don't shine?
Elbow-deep, too!!
55bux for car-parking, JEEZAZ!!
(winter only.... otherwise this yarn would end right here )






Since there's still some hot coffee in the thermos, it's time for the 3. breakfast at the totally deserted top carpark at Snowy Hill...







...together with some more stumping views across the mountains and valleys to the south-west.






Straight over the crown of the helmet....
C'mon....go close and strain a bit!!
Yep, that's Melbourne's CBD skyscrapers through about 90km of morning fog.







What a cracker of a morning it's been, WOOWW!!







A slow tootle down the empty Reefton, 3 bikes coming the other way... and a string of 3-series BMWs cutting corners near the bottom...remembering the turn-off to the stand of Californian Redwoods in East Warby too late...a lazy loop up Mt. Donna Buang and down the partially greasy dirt to Pantons Gap.....just to discover that the local strawberry season has started a fortnight ago. Hell, we didn't even know.

The day was still young, after all!







BACK NEXT YEAR!!!
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Old 27-10-2015, 02:03 PM   #18
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I can just imagine the crew after the balloons, the chase an adventure in itself

It's amazing how many dead-ends/locked gates/ private drives etc etc one bolts into when looking into the sky and trying to pin down the landing-zone


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Old 27-10-2015, 05:18 PM   #19
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Looks like your camera is suffering a little from what mine is, a few specks of dust on the CCD, and in the lens. Going to try and rectify that with a small screwdriver and some Youtube videos...

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At some point, Yellow Dog Rd. turns into a bare-earth track (which also seems to cut through to Tommys Bend, but I'll leave that for a Husky-run...and even that might turn out too big for it.)
Any harder than Goldie Spur?

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Old 27-10-2015, 05:30 PM   #20
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Looks like your camera is suffering a little from what mine is, a few specks of dust on the CCD, and in the lens. Going to try and rectify that with a small screwdriver and some Youtube videos...



Any harder than Goldie Spur?

Yeah, looked at those blobs/ specks, too...

As for that top part of Yellow Dog...no idea.
Walked a few steps into that reddish-brown muck, sticks, rocks, all muddy-soft and wet underneath, chewed up by heavy machinery....didn't check it from the ridge, where it looked rather overgrown with young saplings...that area has been logged time and again... before the fires went through.
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