After four long months and the defeat of the spread of the Covid-19 virus in Melbourne, restrictions were lifted and travel within rural parts of the state of Victoria is allowed.
Time to spread the wings
The route – an 1800km loop around the outskirts of Melbourne – A route I will dub the outer Melbourne Ring Road.
Victoria, is the smallest mainland state of Australia but with a diverse landscape some iconic riding roads, along the coast and over mountains.
This route took in aspects of them all
Starting with a trip in company past the Port Phillip Bay Heads (the Rip) an often treacherous piece of water but calm and benign this day.
Off the ferry it was a ride through the Mornington Peninsula to Cape Schank and its magnificent view over Bass Strait
There is a lovely ride from Cape Schank to the township of Flinders before heading up to the first set of mountain twisties around the base of Mount Baw Baw.
And through some magnificent old growth forest.
After a run on the back roads of Gippsland camp awaited at Bruthen and the start of the Great Alpine Road.
From Bruthen the Great Alpine Road runs up the Tambo River Valley
Up to the summit of Mount Hotham
The northern side of the mountain is the most steep and a bit of a testing ride at times and then just after it flattens out there is a turn off to Mount Beauty over the Towonga Gap Road; with its beautiful views over the Kiewa Valley and the Mount Beauty Township.
Storms were forecast and a caravan was found beside the Kiewa River
After the storm the next morning was cool and the clouds still hung in the Valley
The run was now west through the King Valley
One of Victoria’s famous food and wine regions
With beautiful country pubs
And views over the valley from the mountains that flank it
The final twist for the day was to head north over the Macedon Ranges to Mount Franklin
Where there is a camping area in the crater of this old volacano
And walks around the crater rim
Mount Franklin is near the historic gold mining town of Maldon. See previous post here
The route west was then onto Maryborough and its amazing Victorian Era Railway station built during the gold rush
Then Avoca in the central highlands and central to the Victorian Pyrenees wine region
To the Grampian Ranges and a ride through these amazing rocky outcrops.
By this time the weather had turned wet and cold and it was a dash south across the western district plains to a warm hotel in the green rolling hills of the Otway Ranges hinterland.
A gentle ride along the Great Ocean Road.
The overall trip was just under 2000km
So different to being confined to a 5km radius
Yes it was time to spread the wings.
Next week the interstate borders open!!!!