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The Seymour Ride 2 May 2021

Submitted by John_Cook on Sun, 02/05/2021 - 6:06pm

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We had a beautiful autumn day and 10 people joined me for the ride to Seymour.  They included Andrew and his son in law, Colin, Jack, John M, Les, Pat, Samuel and Stewart plus Ian who was conscripted into TEC duty.   Bike wise BMW was in the ascendancy with 4, Honda had 3 including my now low km ST1300 (the odometer reset to zero recently after 199,999 km!), a pair of very different Triumphs plus a pair of very different Yamahas.
We did things a bit differently and took semi suburban back roads with some scenery and winding sections via Wonga Park and Warrandyte to Kangaroo Ground.  Then we had a lovely traffic free run from Hurstbridge via Nutfield to Arthurs Creek, skirted Yan Yean Reservoir and then climbed the hill up to Kinglake West.  I couldn’t help but notice the still stark reminders (dead trees on the ridge line to our left) of the Black Saturday fires which occurred 12 years ago.
After rest and refreshment at Pheasant Creek, we rode through Flowerdale to Trawool and followed the Goulburn River to Tallarook.  We then crossed under the Hume and road north via backroads to Hilldene before stopping at Seymour for lunch.  
Most of us then rode back to Yea via Highlands and I again enjoyed climbing the delightful curves of Junction Hill with no traffic impediment.  I probably created a bit of puzzlement for those following while failing to find a good spot to stop for photos near Highlands as I do find some of the rock formations up there quite interesting.                      
Then it was on home via Break O Day and a bit of traffic congestion on the Melba Hwy as we left Yarra Glen. 
I enjoyed the day and thanks to all who came along and a special thanks to Ian for accepting his conscription.    

I have loaded some photos (The album can be added to) here https://ulyssesmelb.com/ride-album/seymour-ride-2-may-2021