A retrospective. This ride report goes back to November, 2011. But well worth recording.
Yes, that annual event, the Great Victorian Bike Ride starts next week (we are in Nov 2011 remember), but TLA and I are going to do our own motorised two-wheeled version.
And while the cyclists are heading west and north, we’re heading east and north.
TLA will be on the magnificent, bling-laden red 300 and me on my Honda. My Vespa PX has carby issues so was never really in contention for the trip. (Carby problems solved the day we left).
It’s planned to be 10 days to two weeks, depending on how we go and the weather.
A rough itinerary is Yarra Valley to Mansfield, Beechworth, Wodonga, Bright, Great Alpine Rd, Omeo, Lakes Entrance, back to Melbourne through Gippsland. First destination is Healesville which was meant to be a stop for the Cold Chisel Day On The Green concert. But instead, we spent the night in the bar of the Healesville Hotel as it was p-p-p-pouring down out there. We pulled the pin on the concert. Didn’t fancy trying to get bikes in and out of a wet paddock, especially late at night. Stayed at the excellent Tuck Inn in town.
Anyway, before all that TLA actually made a head start, the prologue if you like, to Lancefield for a work thing on Friday. She overcame geographic shortcomings to reach the destination on her own. Two right turns from Kensington to Lancefield!
I joined her there the following lunchtime and we headed cross-country (not literally) to Healesville. Had a great run, rain-free, just beautiful country, even with dark grey clouds looming large over us. Through Kilmore, Wandong, Whittlesea, Kinglake and
down the Melba Hwy. Sensational.
Can’t wait for the many roads ahead. Victoria, brace yourself. We’re ready.