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21
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Another visit to Bright and the Victorian High Country - always a treat! The thumbnail pic is of the Chinese bridge on the site of the gold diggings at Wandiligong.

We had our annual weekend away with friends who are mostly retired and as we tell our children it takes retired people 5 days to have a weekend which is always a bonus for us and travelling through some of the Victorian high country was the bonus it always is.

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A bit of excitement on the way through, an outbreak of fire at Healsville.

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A tranquil view of the Yarra River at Bright

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Loved this old shed at Wandiligong.

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A sneak peek from the top of Mount Buffalo. 

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An example of some old tobacco drying kilns near Smoko......yes that really is the name of the locality.

Tips to remember for the roads we covered:

The roads while sealed have varying surface integrity. From Mt Hotham down the mountain to Omeo and beyond the road alignment camber and surface is generally pretty good but from Mt Hotham down to Harrietville the road is much more challenging and the surface goes from ordinary to awful with little notice. Some of the surface is really rugged so you need to be aware. It is all reasonably well signed but travel on this second stretch will be slower and more tedious especially within slow moving traffic. Unfortunately many of the roads we travelled on appear a few years behind with maintenance programs and are rough and pot holed so exercise caution.

Services available:

 Check previous listings for these localities.


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Mar
08
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The thumbnail pic is a shot of the Princess of Tasmania before we boarded to come back home.

Check out the Group ride to Tasmania which was an absolute blast from start to finish!

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Here is the crew as we waited at Devenport to get back on the Spirit of Tasmania to come home.  A lot of happy faces.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable trip with 8 others from our club and loved exploring Tasmania again on bikes and sharing some of our favourite spots with people who hadn’t seen them before.

The scenery as always was spectacular and the weather much more stable than when we had last ridden over here with warm humid weather initially and colder weather as we progressed but very little rain to speak of and it wasn’t a hindrance to the experience.The bikes at the Beaconsfiek

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The bikes at the Beaconsfield Mine.

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The Gorge at Launceston


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We tried to entice Priscilla the pig out of her house to no avail at the Pub in the Paddock at Pyagena

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 The oldest surviving  bridge in Australia at Richmond.

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Picturesque Strahan

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Getting the gear off at Ross so we can explore a little and have some lunch.

Tips to remember for the roads we covered:

The roads we travelled on were all sealed and overall well aligned with good camber. The surface was well maintained and given the wet areas we travelled through there was good stone coverage so nothing too slippery, the only exception being roadwork areas which you would expect. The roads were well signed and mostly traffic stuck to their own side of the road but given many of the country roads are narrow and used by log trucks and those servicing farming areas you need to be aware that there is likely large traffic approaching around any corner.

Services available:

 Check previous listings for these localities.


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