Day 8 – Healesville to Mytleford Victoria via Alexandra, Mansfield, Whitfield and Milawa

We left Healesville this morning at a leisurely 9.30am after enjoying the cooked breakfast provided by our hosts Ozzie and Donia of the Tuck-in B & B.
As in previous mornings, the day was coolish and the sky somewhat threatening. We enjoyed the 70k ride along a winding road through the beautiful Victorian countryside to Alexandra for a fuel and comfort stop. We were delighted to pass many 50’s and 60’s cars along the way which were all obviously out and about for some rally. There were Minis galore, a couple of FJ’s, Ford Anglias, MGs, Sunbeam Alpines and many more. When we got the Alexandra the town was packed with old cars of every variety. A great sight. We rode on then to Mansfield again through green and mostly hilly countryside. The road was mostly dry although the odd wet patch here and there kept us on our toes as we wound our way through the hills and dales of Yarra Valley. After Mansfield we headed toward Wangaratta on the C521 road winding through the hills toward the small town of Whitfield. We soon ran into dense fog and spent the next hour crawling at times around the winding torturous road at speeds as low as 15 and 20k. We finally emerged from the fog just before Whitfield where we enjoyed our lunch at the Whitty Cafe along a few other bikers.

The Whitty Cafe at Whitfield

After leaving Whitfield we headed through the King Valley before turning off through Milawa to reach our destination, Mytleford at around 3pm.

287 Kms for the day.

Happy hour with Brad and Ruth

We met up with Ros’s brother, Brad and his wife Ruth at around 4.30pm when they rode in from Bairnsdale, where they live, to accompany us on the ride tomorrow back to their place.

After enjoying a social drink or two we walked next door to the Mytleford Savoy Sport Club for dinner. Another great day of riding.

Tomorrow we will be heading up over the mountains so we are hoping for a clear day which, on average only occurs about 30% of the time.

Here’s hoping.

R&D