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Friday 7th March

Destination Shepparton

Actually started the day having no idea where I would end up, but figured if I got as far as Shepparton then I would have done pretty well. And I did.

I had intended to check out the Falls Gap zoo, but never saw the signs so that went by the wayside. I left HG at 8.30am and arrived at Shepparton at 5.30pm and with only a couple of brief stops must have spent close to 7 hours riding. I even ventured briefly back in to NSW!
As always, I follow a fairly circuitous route in search of good motorbike roads, so those geographically in the know may otherwise wonder why it would take so long to travel that distance.

Not a whole lot of variation in the countryside but after a cool start to the day, the sun came out, shone and tiring but a very pleasant day's riding.

Halls Gap and the Grampians generally were beautiful. HG must have the highest density holiday accommodation per edifice anywhere. All I saw were motels, hotels, camping grounds, B&B's etc. I don't know if anyone actually lives there. I guess an obvious destination for hikers and campers. Certainly an abundance of wild life - the following from the camping ground.
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Just a few kangaroos around! maybe a Kiwi thing, but I still get a little excited when seeing kangaroos in the wild.
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Glad the local dam held - my tent down to the left of it.

I went through Stawell, Ararat, Maryborough, Dunolly, Maldon, Castlemaine, Bendigo, Rochester, Echuca, Moama (NSW), Barmah and then to Shepparton. Most towns, as I have found have their own character but the big surprise for me was Maldon. Like most places I go through, I have never heard of it (you are not alone Dad!), but it was brilliant. I was in the riding groove and eager to hit Shepparton before closing time so only stopped to rattle a couple of photos off. A bit like an Aussie country Arrowtown (NZ). Every shop was restored in period style or in the process of being so. Similarly houses - I could have stopped at everyone for a "characterful" snap. (You'll be relieved I didn't.)
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Maldon

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Nice touch

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Best public toilets in Elmsford - probably Victoria. Not usually a drive-in, but I was in a hurry.

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Bendigo - much bigger town than I realised.

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Rochester - Hubert Opperman

Stawell was of some interest to me only because of the running race history. My brief stop summed up by the comment a kindly elderly gentleman made to me as I sat with a coffee near my bike. "Keep an eye on your stuff - there are people around here who would steal a dead fly from a blind spider!" The town did look less vibrant than most I come across.
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Stawell

Have discovered it is a long weekend in Victoria this weekend which explains the heavy traffic in the latter part of yesterday. Earlier in the day had been typically free of anything. I am sure I travelled some of the longest roads I have ever travelled without seeing another vehicle on my side of the road.

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The Shepparton camping ground - nice surrounds but the ground itself not as flash.

A couple of museums to attend to this morning, and then on the bike and hopefully will end up either in Bright, Mount Beauty or somewhere toward the south east coast.

Posted by jb2014 15:59

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These photos are spectacular, you are getting better every day. Keep up the good work, more Happy Safe Riding, looking forward to seeing where you end up next.

by Margie

Wonderful photos Johnny. Thanks for the response to my earlier blog or whatever the term is. Great that we can communicate.
Love, as ever,
Dad

by Dad

I agree - great photos Wiri, I would love to do the same some day.

by Wiri

Ready when you are Wiri - family permitting of course!

by JB

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