Seven members started from Lilydale on what promised to be a perfect weather Australia Day weekend. Three more riders were to meet us along the way. To loosen up the bodies nicely the route was Maroondah Hwy to the Eildon Jamieson Rd then corner, corner, corner to Mansfield for morning tea. A clear run over Tolmie is always enjoyable. Lunch was at Milawa where Les and John joined us having come from the West side of Melbourne. Gary Clifton was well ahead, already in Tallangatta having gone solo up the Hume Freeway. A brief stop was made in Yackendanda for afternoon tea. A very pleasant Tea shop in Yack closed down about two years ago. A new one has just opened in a similar style and is to be recommended if you stop there. Very up market for a small town, friendly and comfortable. We arrived in Tallangatta at 3.30pm, pretty much as estimated from an 8.00am start. Not much had changed with the new owners of the Victoria Hotel now in place.
Photo from Mike
It was time to relax, settle in and for a few to visit the swimming pool.
Day two saw us on own bikes by 8.45am, into a beautiful day going first to Tumbarumba via Granya Gap, the river road and Tintaldra. Much work had been done on road repairs since last December, more patching than resurfacing, but it helped keep the stress levels down and allowed us to enjoy the ride. With the mild Summer everything was green. After our break at Tumba
(Photos courtesy of Mike)
we U-turned going back to Elliots Way and into the mountains. Some hadn't done this road before and everyone had fun. Many other riding groups were also seen. Put it on your list to do. It goes up towards Kianda where you can go on to Jindabyne or as we did, come down to Cabramurra then Khancoban and Corryong where we had a late lunch arriving just before 2.00pm. We checked Cheryl's hotel, Courthouse Hotel, central in the main street. Each room has its own toilet, bathroom and fridge. Rates are $80 a night for singles, $100 for doubles. Phone number: 60761868. A large well appointed hotel, a class up from the common country pub. Worth considering on future rides. Being a warm afternoon, the excellent swimming pool was a popular way to finish the day.
Sunday morning was more of the great mild weather. Breakfast at the bakery then on the bikes by 8.45am. Estimation was we would make home by 2.00pm avoiding the crush of traffic near Melbourne. Morning tea in Milawa, wathing the Highway Patrol cars in action. Colin was impressed. We didn't think the police still passed out warnings, at least never to me. A brief stint on the Hume Freeway, Glenrowan to Euroa for lunch. Gary, Les, John and Terry continued on the Hume for their best route home. Our remainder took the the Highlands road coming out at Yea then Break O Day, Glenburn and home. Apart from a few caravan towers holding up traffic it was a smooth run. I was home before 2.00pm.
Thanks to our riders, Mike, John, Les, Terry, Mike, Gary, Sam, Jack, Stuart and Colin who came. I like to see Stuart out there on the F6C. It has to be the ultimate cruiser and the lightweight Wing that you can have fun on. Stuart also knows how to ride it. Most enjoyable. Incident free. Perfect weather. Great roads. John managed to put plenty of kilometres on his new Vstrom and get to know it more. Lets do it again soon.