Let's try this....fun weekend in Melbourne's (Australia) backcountry (TR650 and XT250)

glitch_oz

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This is a straight copy/ paste ride-report of a recent weekend to the Victorian High Country, about 100mi north-east of Melbourne/ DownUnder.
Some stuff won't copy across across cleanly, but most should.


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Coming out of the prolonged CoVid coma of 18months or so and trying to revive some of the old mojo, enthusiasm, riding+navigating skills and gravel-legs for an upcoming group-ride weekend while being curious about conditions of roads, tracks and places in a "post"-CoVid-rattled world, this one was rather "trying to learn to walk again".... all over.

Screw the busted back, the killing lethargy of the last 2 years, the wonky knee and a bike I'll never get to really trust like any of our Stroms!

Grab some Rooftop maps for comfort...but run on memory for distances, turn-offs, timing, fuel stops.... and the rest of it, it'll be fine.
Bugger the nagging doubts, we've done this before...many 'o times.


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familiar grounds



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Another week or 2 and things will be "ON FIRE" here...


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The way things go...the size shrinks as the years kick in, but the fun stays the same!! 👏
250 big smiles...


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...with autumn in full swing at Connellys Creek



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A spruced up Grannies Lane (graded and gravelled from its clay+grass past) still offers the same sweet views



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glitch_oz

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.....had a longish stretch of new asphalt and a really confusing array of new tracks going everywhere right on top of that shallow ridge across to Barjarg.

Skipped on Samaria...not a place to go solo.

Checked out a map-found crosscut from the Blue Range to Tolmie from the Tolmie end...paydirt!

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Woodchoppers HQ at Tolmie Park


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Balloons up near Merrijig


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...and all watching the show :)


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The little XT whizzing up the Buller-bends



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The Paps ("twin peaks" near Mansfield) in the haze...about 40km away




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glitch_oz

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Corn Hill Rd. ( the Jeep-trail cross-cut from Mt. Buller to the Circuit loop at Mt. Stirling/ Craig s Hut etc.)


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The stunning Delatite Flats, yumm!



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...while the balloons were out at the Yarra Valley Historical Railway later that afternoon.
https://www.yvr.org.au/timetable/


Healesville Station



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Of course word wasn't out yet on the massive weather front that was going to hit the High Country with lots of rain and snow-up-high only a few days later and changing the planned "Targa '21" quite a bit...


check out here: http://www.austouring.com/forum/showthread.php?p=79790



Great weekend "close to home" ....and the little XT250 of the Better Half more than pulled its weight.
Good stuff!
 
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