I had approached the Upper Murray from the long way around
Starting from Yarram in South Gippsland
A small town famous for its street murals.
Its winter and the high roads over Mt Hotham and Falls Creek are closed so it was the low road
A pearler of a ride from Bruthen north to the little Village of Eskdale 223 km of curves and into the Upper Murray Region.
Has to be the greatest unrecognised rides in the world.
It was damp cold and at a pass through the Alpine National Park it was 1c and my mind turned to thoughts of black ice on the road.
A cabin waited for me at the Eskdale Caravan Park
Welcome refuge after a long wet ride
A good night sleep and onto my next destination
The Great River Road starts at the bridge that connects Victoria and NSW at Hume Weir and follows the winding course of the Murray upstream to Khancoban at the base of the Kosciusko National Park.
The Road is around 180km of scenic windy road along the Murray River.
The views of the Murray are special especially if you take a bit of time and pull off into some of the river side reserves and camp grounds.
The weather was cold but clear and not too bad for riding if you have the right gear.
But the joy of winter camping is campfires
As the Great River Road is developed as a tourist road the is are well layed out scenic stops with interpretation on the river and pieces of sculpture
The camp facilities along the road are great quality. Especially at Walwa where you can camp with great facilities and a campfire right on the banks of the river.
The road finishes at Lake Khancoban in NSW
The scars of the recent bushfires are there, both on the landscape and in the stories of the locals
But the land and the people are resilient and signs of renewal abound
And of course there is something very special about a winter sunset inland