As per ship procedures, today started very early (5:45am). We all headed down to our bikes, made our way off the ship and headed towards McDonalds for both a bite of breakfast and to meet up with Miles Davis from BMW Australia who had kindly supplied Dan’s rocker cover via Jet Fighter a couple of days earlier. Once breakfast was done, most of us started making our way towards Healesville for our morning break. Miles, Charley and Dan hung around in the city to get an error code cleared from Dan’s bike and then all three headed out and met us in Healesville.
From Healesville, we then headed up the Black Spur, a magnificent road through the Dandenong ranges on our way through to Eildon. All along, we were warned about the ruthlessness of the Victorian Police system as compared to Tasmania when it came to what is considered a reasonable rate of travel when on two wheels. We had seen very few police at this point, but we all behaving nicely and in a manner that would be considered respectable. As we came into Eildon though, we noticed a few motorcycle police officers around, we made our way up to the Dam for a few photos, and while we were hopping off our bikes, we saw the familiar fluorescent vest heading in our direction. As it turns out it was a new batch of police officers going through motorcycle training to become motorcycle officers. They were pretty chuffed to meet us as we had Charley on board and we were allowed to have a good close look at their bikes.
Once we left the police to get on with their training we headed along the Eildon to Jamieson road which is 45 Kilometers of what i think is one of the best roads in Victoria and most people in our traveling party would also agree. One thing we did take see though were multiple signs warning of danger to motorcyclists.
We all came to appreciate these signs a little bit more very soon after. There was one little mishap when Charley was caught out by some loose gravel on a freshly repaired section of road. Charley was not injured but he did manage to break the opposite rocker cover to Dan from a couple of days ago. Unfortunately this time no favours could be called in and there was no runway for the jet fighter to land. So the support crew did a magnificent job with some liquid metal repair to get the bike running again. And although Charley survived the mishap without any injuries, he did get stung by a bee while assisting with the repairs.
We all eventually made it to the lookout looking over Lake Eildon and Jamieson and the weather was absolutely brilliant.
We stopped at the Jamieson Microbrewery for lunch and a much needed break from all the morning excitement. Little did we know there was going to be much more to come.
We all headed off from Jamieson at our own pace and thus we were staggered out a bit, once again the GPS’s came into play and riders were starting to get various directions. We had another small off from Phil, but no injuries and bike all ok as we came down the mountain towards Whitfield were we had the option of taking a 40km dirt track option or taking the paved option. The riders who took the option of the paved roads enjoyed a leisurely ride north before turning towards Myrtleford and eventually Bright. For those of us who chose the dirt option, this is where we all heading in various directions. Initally the “Dirt Track” was a hard packed nicely graded road which we all thought was rather good. This soon turned into thick dust and a powder like surface that made riding quite difficult. Glen managed to get a puncture and with assistance from a couple of other riders and a local farmer was able to get on his way again. Morrison had probably the most interesting journey of all the dirt trackers. His GPS took him along a dirt road that none of the rest of us seemed to get. This made for “fun times” for Mo with water crossings added to his journey.
For the rest of the riders who took the offroad option, we eventually ended up coming out onto a rather sedate but enjoyable road with some great views.
We finally all made it into Bright by about 5:00pm, so after 11 hours out and about for the day we were all very happy to make it to our hotel for the night. We headed to the local pub for dinner. Another big ride ahead tomorrow. Good Times!!!!