We took our time getting going this morning on the basis that, yet again, it was raining and, we had a fairly comfortable days ride in front of us. Fortunately, the steady rain cleared almost as soon as we re-crossed the Murray into Victoria and set off across the open Western Victorian rural countryside. This featured vast, sometimes irrigated fields. Overall a very pleasant vista with mostly straight roads.
We took our first wrong turn for the day after reaching a small town called Bort headed for the quaintly named Wycheproof. The next town we hit was Quambatook so we crossed the railway line and continued on the road (we thought) to Wycheproof. After about 20Km the sealed road suddenly turned into a very minor gravel road before we realised all was not well in the navigation department.
After stopping roadside and studying the map we discovered we had taken the completely wrong road out of Bort. To make matters worse, we had taken the wrong road out of Quambatook (don’t you just love these quaint Victorian town names!) and ridden about 15Km before we tumbled something was amiss. All good in the end though as we backtracked and got ourselves back on route for our lunch stop at a cute little place called Birchip. After sampling the delights of the Birchip Burger Bar for lunch (thoroughly recommended)
we headed out of town (we thought) in the right direction. Again after about 10Km and no sign of our intended turn-off we discovered we were heading for a place called Sea Lake which was not our road. (Victorian road signs leave a lot to be desired). After another mid-highway U turn,
we headed back through Birchip and then on to our intended turn-off to Warracknabeal.
After reaching Warracknabeal we carried on to Horsham for a quick break prior to tackling the final 70Km or so up into the Grampians for our overnight stop at Halls Gap. The last 30k or so was a tight wind up the mountains with frequent motorcycle warning signs attesting to the problems previous foolhardy riders had experienced. Certainly not a road for motor bike heroes!. Here is a little Helmet-Cam video of our run up the hill to Halls gap As we approached our destination, clouds came over dark and threatening but, fortunately held up for our trip. Certainly not a ride I would like to do in the rain.! 476 Km for the day (A bit more than the we envisaged!)
We booked into our motel for the night and enjoying a couple of beers/wines before splurging on a restaurant dinner.
Tomorrow we will continue our Southward run until reaching the coast then tracking along the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay.
Cheers for now!
R & D