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Old 04-10-2015, 02:32 PM   #1
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Default Grand Final Day...in Paradise!

To get it over and done with:

I hereby declare the Annual Footy Grand Final Day a

"MUST-RIDE"-DAY!!



Period!
No crowds, no traffic, no hectic, no 4WD-yahoos raping the bush tracks, no cop cars or radar ANYWHERE!!!...not even a lousy echidna and only one solitary wayward wallaby on the Rowleys Ridge....Grand Final Day is THE day to ride FREE!


Monbulk Central....not everything has been suburbanized yet.





Sounds like an interesting Monday night coming up





Willo and the mighty XT showed up in Gembrook.





Gembrook Terminal of the Puffing Billy looking neat and clean on a sparkler of a morning.





Saying goodbyes...Pete (twowheeler) and the still shiny K13, despite a dusty cruise through Bunyip State Park.
Quick break at the Blue Rock Dam






Southern end of the Rowleys Ridge











Tanjil River Bridge





Easy cruisin'...







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Old 04-10-2015, 05:33 PM   #2
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One of the clear spots....Latrobe Vally and Mt. Worth State Park in the background






Brad letting the Husky fly










Getting closer to that "paradise" bit.... sweet as, bro!!
The slopes of Mt. BawBaw in the background.






Loads and loads of fresh, thick, 1" gravel, just to keep things interesting.






Sparkler, I tellsya!!







A dogleg out of Tanjil Bren and we're on the 9Mile Rd. shortly after.
More "paradise" stuff....






Finishing at The Triangle, the Woods Point Rd. to Cumberland junction is a plain, old SHITTER at the moment ...the loose gravel up to 6" deep just off the central wheel tracks, some MAJOR potholes following a smooth, encouraging clay run up a blind crest nearly rip the front-end out of the headstem, some other roadworks filling deep corrugations with deep, floury, soft shyte for some pack-the-daks-polka....it's a busy 45k or so to Cumberland Junction

Hot and dusty, Doug and self are the final remains of the morning's troupe and we're on for a sweet and lonely dance across the top towards Marysville before abandoning the twisties for some more gravel, a track that's been irking me for a while as it ties in with some other, spectacular gravel roads above Marysville, connecting into the Acheron for a convenient, traffic-free way home.











Here we go ....20k's of paradise, rockin' + rollin' along the ridge, rollercoasting the alley of bleached, dead trees, blue skies above, The Cathedrals a distant backdrop, Marysville, Buxton and other places at our feet.

PARADISE!!



















The Paradise High Plains morphing into the Strickland Spur....with Lake Mountain bringing up the rear. AWESOME stuff!!















Descending the spur towards the Acheron, views are just as mouth-watering....the Yarra Valley through the trough in the hills.








Some Monteith Black set the mood for yet another "ride"...but I'll leave that to Doug


Great day out...and All Hail Grand Final Day, hoo-bloody-ray!!
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Old 04-10-2015, 05:39 PM   #3
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Default Re: Grand Final Day...in Paradise!

Oh yes, it's a must ride day for sure, but everyone has their limits.
The Croydon Brewery was a nice end to a fantasic day....

BUT, a pushy?

Be still my beating heart.

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Old 04-10-2015, 07:21 PM   #4
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Google Map link, please. Some of us dream of a re-enactment.
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Old 04-10-2015, 07:27 PM   #5
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Google Map link, please. Some of us dream of a re-enactment.

https://goo.gl/maps/wBmNVGU2fE42


But that was after the Monteith, the pints at the brewery....and suffering from a bad bout of monkey-arse
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