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Autumn Alpine Run 2020

Submitted by John_Cook on Thu, 04/04/2019 - 2:51pm

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Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 8:00am to Sunday, March 22, 2020 - 4:00pm

Ride Leader John Cook 0419 599 530 or (03) 9728 5769    It will be an early start on the Saturday morning again from the

Freeway at Officer - not the normal branch start point . 

NB Special Start time 0800 sharp on Saturday and location  BP Outbound Pakenham Bypass - 5 KM east of Clyde Road..,145.386483,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6ad61b939d8d6553:0x52f7e21a7940c5f4!8m2!3d-38.0701131!4d145.3872069

Fee will be $101 payable direct to Howmans Gap in advance.  This includes dinner, bedding, drying room, linen, towels etc and a cooked breakfast on the Sunday morning.  
Departs Officer.   Still the same great ride with more daylight hours to enjoy it.
Day one may be up to approx 560 km run up the Omeo Highway, then via Mt Hotham or Anglers Rest (The Blue Duck) up to Falls Creek.   I may vary the route between Omeo and Howmans Gap subject to conditions on the day but my preference for 2020 will via Anglers Rest and Rocky Valley Dam. - the slightly shorter route
A group will be meeting us at Bruthen for a hopefully early lunch.
Overnight stay is at Howmans Gap YMCA (5 km from Falls Creek) in bunk rooms.   Full dinner, bed, bedding and towels followed by substantial breakfast is included in price of $101 per person payable direct in advance. 

NB Price has increased.    Please pay in advance by ringing Howmans Gap YMCA direct on  03 5758 3228  

Great camaraderie in large dining room plus adjoining lounge.   Sit and exchange some disgraceful lies over a drink.  BYO drinks.
Day Two also has some great roads returning via Myrtleford, Oxley, Whitfield, Tolmie & Mansfield distance approximately 400 km.  This may vary depending on circumstances on the day.
Total distance for 2 days is approximately 960 kilometres.  I allow for approximately 7 hours riding and 2 hours of rest stops on day one.


This ride has now been an annual event since 1998.   .
NB: If you intend to come please let me; John Cook know by 12 March 2020 at very latest so that catering can be arranged.
NB: No last minute roll up as I need firm numbers for catering.
Put this date in your diary -
Registrar is John Cook 0419599530  Howmans Gap again for the overnight stay. 

For those living in the west of the State it is quite feasible to make your own way to Howmans Gap and enjoy some great camaraderie with fellow Ulysseans enlightenedcool  Just register and pay please


I know it is still 3 months away but:
It would be a great help to me if

  1. You let me know of your intentions to come as soon as practicable and 
  2. Contact Howmans Gap Direct and pay 

The reason I say this is that many venues now request deposits and this issue is overcome if some definite starters pay well in advance blushenlightened 

I am well aware that much of the proposed ride route will go through bush fire affected areas.
I will keep in touch with local authorities as I would not go if I thought we would cause any nuisance and I will keep this post updated.
However, I believe that situation will be resolved by March and the rural communities we plan to visit would probably appreciate our presence and support. 

So let's support disaster affected local communities and also enjoy a great weekend with fellow Ulysseans.

Please register and pay direct with Howmans Gap and then let me know of your intentions.  I do need minimum numbers to proceed and it is of great help if you keep me in the loop.  enlightened

Here is a copy of info I received from Howmans Gap this week:
"We’d like to let you know that the Kiewa Valley (Mount Beauty, Bogong Village, Howmans Gap and Falls Creek) are all untouched from the current bushfires.  The townships and major roads leading from the north and west from the Hume Freeway have not been impacted by fire. Some of these roads were closed last week as a precautionary measure, but are now reopened.
Fire danger warnings have been downgraded completely and local businesses across this district have been given the go ahead from the Ovens Fire District Incident Controller to return to work and focus on getting the tourists/ guests back into the area.
A big thank you to the schools that visit Howmans Gap whose staff offered us rooms and houses to stay when we did evacuate temporarily on 2 January.  You, your students and staff are our priority.
YMCA camps have best practice risk management preparation, practice, policy and documentation to prepare for Bushfire Risk.
We will not host groups onsite if there are any concerns of danger/threat of fire to the area. We are also monitoring Air Quality levels closely.
Of course, no one can predict when spike days in temperature or wind will occur, and so with the present conditions we are planning to run programs as per normal from the 24 January 2020.
Howmans Gap staff: Michael, Sheepy or Myra will be in direct contact with you within two weeks prior to your stay if you have a booking between 24 January and the end of the Term 1 /Easter school holiday period.
We will monitor the situation on a day to day basis with constant communication with local emergency authorities.
We look forward to welcoming you back for another successful stay in 2020 and can’t wait to see the smiles on your students’ faces once again.


YMCA Howmans Gap Alpine Centre Management Team"

Phone (03) 5758 3228
What more need I say?   Let's support the local communities in all the places we visit over the weekend.  Please book, pay and let me know of your intentions.  enlightenedcool


Please accept my apologies for sounding like a broken record. but;

  1. If you intend to come please do let me know sooner rather than later - preferably by email and
  2. You can ring and pay Howmans a bit later if that suits you -let me know when you've done that too please. 
  3. Even if you're not up for the entire ride you can go there direct from the north west at your own pace and enjoy some camaraderie with a great bunch of people - Oh and meenlightened

The venue is only opening because I've booked it so I really do need to have a good idea of numbers well in advance.  
Our recent experience around Tallangatta / Corryong reinforced the fact that visits to fire affected areas really are appreciated enlightened

As an aside, I think I'll go the slightly shorter (but twistier) route via Anglers Rest and Rocky Valley Dam this year.  That means a final drinks and nibbles purchase at Omeo which again supports a fire affected community.  On the way home I plan to go over the Tawonga Gap and stop at Bright for morning refreshment break on the way back to Melbourne.  

It would be a great help to me if you let me know of your intent to come by the end of February enlightened
You can ring and pay in March but please let me know if you intend to come 

I did some reconnaissance as far as Omeo today angel  It's a tough gig I have to endure wink cheeky
A lot of improvements to the road between Bruthen and Ensay including some proper passing lanes yes  There is plenty of fire damaged forest along that part too.  On the plus side you can see through lots more bends at the moment so cornering is more fun and safer cool.     
I also explored the Cassilis route and intend to fit that in on the way to Omeo too enlightened
After recent rains the Tambo Valley is looking very beautiful indeed.smiley
EMPTY ESKY?    To support local communities along the way I intend to stop at the small supermarket in Omeo for last minute supplies i.e. Saturday night drinks and nibbles laugh   Those coming in from the north can do the same at Mt Beauty enlightened
A photo taken today on The Great Alpine Road:

As I need to book definite numbers for catering and linen purposes etc I really need to know of your plans by 12 March at Very Latest.
If you're coming please ring Howmans Gap and pay in advance plus let me know you're coming.  enlightened