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jmcg 07-01-2013 11:31 PM

Rides - Victoria, Australia
 
Possibly the most boring thread title to date, but hey at least it's straight to the point.

Thought I'd share some of our rides throughout the state.

I'll update the thread with new rides as they happen.

All of our rides begin in the Dandenong Ranges, East of Melbourne.

Mt Macedon ride - 25th June, 2013;

Our route for the day:

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Set out on a cold and misty Winter morning.

After filling the Tiger in Lilydale, we set off towards Yarra Glen.

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Eventually, the sun started to break through.

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Heading through the Kinglake National Park.

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..time for a Mrs Tiger selfie :D

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The road to Kinglake.

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Enjoying views of the Yarra Valley shrouded in mist from Kinglake.

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http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-r4jcvDL-M.jpg

Safety first!

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More views.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-zXsVQXd-M.jpg

Stopped at 'Flying Tarts' in Kinglake West for coffee and snacks.

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..I think Mrs Tiger had cold hands back there.

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Food!

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-L9XSkjP-M.jpg

Still cold?

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-w4B4mrX-M.jpg

Ready to get back on the road.

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Decided to check out the Kinglake National Park.

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Stopped at the Masons Falls picnic area.

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The track to Masons Falls.

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The falls (The sun was low in the sky making taking photos a challenge).

Very picturesque and a nice walk.

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Looking down the valley.

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The view of the (very) distant city from Mt Sugarloaf a little way further into the park.

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Down the mountain to Whittlesea.

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Lost again..

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Made it to Mt Macedon for lunch at the Trading Post store.

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It was freezing up here! :vardy

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The Major Mitchell lookout at Mt Macedon.

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The memorial cross commemorating Australia's war fallen.

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Directions to everywhere..

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http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-GpNhcTw-M.jpg

..and for something different, Straws Lane.

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For some reason to do with perspective perhaps, this particular stretch of road outside Mt Macedon appears to face downhill, but when you stop and put a vehicle into neutral with your foot off the brake, you will roll backwards uphill seemingly. Obviously, this works much better in a car. It is quite cool and worth a visit if you're on the way to Mt Macedon.

Sort of explained here: Gravity Hill

Running out of sunlight, we returned home via the freeway stopping in Warrandyte for a quick break.

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A nice Winter's day out.

Cheers,

JM.

jmcg 07-02-2013 01:49 AM

Broadford ride - 2nd July 2013
 
Another fresh Winter morning ride.

Decided to explore some roads out around Broadford.

Emerald to Flowerdale.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-5fwD9JB-M.png

The road to Yarra Glen.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-HG2Zz8s-M.jpg

Looking back at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-Qkh3C6p-M.jpg

Mrs Tiger is keen on a visit, but today's not the day :cry

Stopped at the Dixons Creek Cafe, but it was too early for business.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-KpTTTPq-M.jpg

Looks like a good place to stop for a snack or lunch.. We'll have to check it out another day.

Turned off on Break 'O Day Rd towards Flowerdale.

The mist threatened to roll in..

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-VVcJhs7-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-VVcJhs7-M.jpg

Some construction work made the road slippery.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-XHVBQkk-M.jpg

Flowerdale to Broadford;

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http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-TKN9KLP-M.jpg

Stopped for a short break in Strath Creek.

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Not much here other than the general store and the pub..

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http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-tWbHH6h-M.jpg

Back on the bike, heading up the hill towards Broadford.

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http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-9m8FN72-M.jpg

Stopped for the view from the Murchison Gap lookout.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-52qkF4h-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-nkBBZLx-M.jpg

Great views!

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-F68K7Hf-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-SzWn9Zd-M.jpg

The road to the lookout.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-QkD3B4f-M.jpg

Stopped at Cliftons on High Cafe in Broadford for lunch.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-KzxzbSR-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-KNrS6W4-M.jpg

Great food at reasonable prices.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-XBPnDVB-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-NFCX4RV-M.jpg

No idea what this thing once did, but thought it was worth a photo.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-rnZj9bj-M.jpg

Broadford to Kinglake West;

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Went back via Murchison Spur Rd.

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Decided to check out Strath Creek Falls.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-RFV3L8Q-M.jpg

Nice and steep alright!

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-rD32crL-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-7Ww7S33-M.jpg

There's a waterfall down there somewhere..

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Went via the imaginatively named Number 1 Camp.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-JtNZ7F6-M.jpg

To more fast flowing dirt on Flowerdale Rd.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-7jvvQcG-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-WFzXdNc-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-n3Ks63k-M.jpg

..then the road to Kinglake West.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-TKN9KLP-M.jpg

Stopped once again at Flying Tarts for coffee and cake!

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-t7fS56Z-M.jpg

Kinglake West to Yellingbo;

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The road to Kinglake.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-QfZcgs9-M.jpg

Beenak Rd to Yellingbo.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-B223PqJ-M.jpg

Yellingbo to Emerald;

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-FG9CBDJ-M.png

Macclesfield Rd to home!

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-vDjRnpj-M.jpg

Another great Winter ride :D

About 260km's.

Saw lots of new roads to explore on the next ride.

Until then..

Cheers,

JM.

mcperformance 07-02-2013 02:11 AM

Day ride
 
Hi jmcg,
Great ride report.
I've put it in my day ride list, as I'm only down the road from Melbourne ( approx. 120 klm east little town called Trafalgar). My mate has not long had his DL 650 & is always keen for a ride.
I'm going to take him over Falls Creek via Omeo across to Tallangatta sth side of Kosciuszko to Jindabyne then along the Barry Way to Buchan Caves then home (Will be over 3 Days) makes it a easy trip.
Keep up the good reports.
Chappy

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Quote:

Originally Posted by jmcg (Post 21770776)
Another fresh Winter morning ride.

Decided to explore some roads out around Broadford.

Emerald to Flowerdale.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-5fwD9JB-M.png

The road to Yarra Glen.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-HG2Zz8s-M.jpg

Looking back at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-Qkh3C6p-M.jpg

Mrs Tiger is keen on a visit, but today's not the day :cry

Stopped at the Dixons Creek Cafe, but it was too early for business.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-KpTTTPq-M.jpg

Looks like a good place to stop for a snack or lunch.. We'll have to check it out another day.

Turned off on Break 'O Day Rd towards Flowerdale.

The mist threatened to roll in..

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-VVcJhs7-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-VVcJhs7-M.jpg

Some construction work made the road slippery.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-XHVBQkk-M.jpg

Flowerdale to Broadford;

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-L5PxSJz-M.png

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-TKN9KLP-M.jpg

Stopped for a short break in Strath Creek.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-HV3SX74-M.jpg

Not much here other than the general store and the pub..

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-zVjM8DL-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-tWbHH6h-M.jpg

Back on the bike, heading up the hill towards Broadford.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-NkWQdp7-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-9m8FN72-M.jpg

Stopped for the view from the Murchison Gap lookout.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-52qkF4h-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-nkBBZLx-M.jpg

Great views!

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-F68K7Hf-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-SzWn9Zd-M.jpg

The road to the lookout.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-QkD3B4f-M.jpg

Stopped at Cliftons on High Cafe in Broadford for lunch.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-KzxzbSR-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-KNrS6W4-M.jpg

Great food at reasonable prices.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-XBPnDVB-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-NFCX4RV-M.jpg

No idea what this thing once did, but thought it was worth a photo.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-rnZj9bj-M.jpg

Broadford to Kinglake West;

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-xT9gFD8-M.png

Went back via Murchison Spur Rd.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-4R7qbZr-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-SVx5qHK-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-MHfBtRJ-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-85SHRmF-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-mjHdcnS-M.jpg

Decided to check out Strath Creek Falls.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-RFV3L8Q-M.jpg

Nice and steep alright!

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-rD32crL-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-7Ww7S33-M.jpg

There's a waterfall down there somewhere..

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-6dKvp5D-M.jpg

Went via the imaginatively named Number 1 Camp.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-JtNZ7F6-M.jpg

To more fast flowing dirt on Flowerdale Rd.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-7jvvQcG-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-WFzXdNc-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-n3Ks63k-M.jpg

..then the road to Kinglake West.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-TKN9KLP-M.jpg

Stopped once again at Flying Tarts for coffee and cake!

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-t7fS56Z-M.jpg

Kinglake West to Yellingbo;

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-sZRCDwk-M.png

The road to Kinglake.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-QfZcgs9-M.jpg

Beenak Rd to Yellingbo.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-B223PqJ-M.jpg

Yellingbo to Emerald;

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-FG9CBDJ-M.png

Macclesfield Rd to home!

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-vDjRnpj-M.jpg

Another great Winter ride :D

About 260km's.

Saw lots of new roads to explore on the next ride.

Until then..

Cheers,

JM.


jmcg 07-02-2013 03:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mcperformance (Post 21770807)
Hi jmcg,
Great ride report.
I've put it in my day ride list, as I'm only down the road from Melbourne ( approx. 120 klm east little town called Trafalgar). My mate has not long had his DL 650 & is always keen for a ride.
I'm going to take him over Falls Creek via Omeo across to Tallangatta sth side of Kosciuszko to Jindabyne then along the Barry Way to Buchan Caves then home (Will be over 3 Days) makes it a easy trip.
Keep up the good reports.
Chappy

G'day Chappy,

Thanks for reading! :D

I know Trafalgar, been through there a couple of times in the past.

Some great riding around your area.

Have fun on your ride.

Cheers,

JM.

Crustyvarmint 07-03-2013 03:21 AM

You guys are really enjoying these fine winter days.
Thanks for posting.
G'day Chappy.

masterbrewer 07-03-2013 03:53 AM

Fabulous ride report & photos, thanks for sharing :thumb

But surely you can't be such a grumpy ol' bugger

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-t7fS56Z-M.jpg
with such a little hottie, who is so happy to have her arms around you ........................ so jealous :raabia

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-w4B4mrX-M.jpg

Not meaning to offend, Congratulations :clap

jmcg 07-03-2013 05:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Crustyvarmint (Post 21779508)
You guys are really enjoying these fine winter days.
Thanks for posting.
G'day Chappy.

Thanks for reading!

:D

JM.

jmcg 07-03-2013 05:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by masterbrewer (Post 21779601)
Fabulous ride report & photos, thanks for sharing :thumb

But surely you can't be such a grumpy ol' bugger

Not meaning to offend, Congratulations :clap

Hey, thanks for reading along!

Yeah, I was wondering if someone would comment on that photo..

Mrs Tiger said; "would it kill you to smile".

Probably..

:D

Cheers,

JM.

Mr_Chris 07-03-2013 07:01 AM

My Tiger roams all these places too...
 
My favourite way in and out of Kinglake is Bowden Spur Rd -- try that one next time it has scenic views, 3 or 4 tight ( for a vw beetle perhaps) switch backs and a nice few k's through the forest to strath...


If you have been there, it's the one that climbs directly next to the high power lines, which makes you feel strange looking sideways at the top of something that tall. :deal

Chocolaterie as I'm sure you know, is good for choco and coffe but the food is hit or miss other than desserts. Which would be fine most times anyway! :lol3

My Mrs Tiger has a street triple but she's done the bowden spur on it just a couple weeks back now...

Chris

jmcg 07-03-2013 03:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mr_Chris (Post 21780675)
My favourite way in and out of Kinglake is Bowden Spur Rd -- try that one next time it has scenic views, 3 or 4 tight ( for a vw beetle perhaps) switch backs and a nice few k's through the forest to strath...


If you have been there, it's the one that climbs directly next to the high power lines, which makes you feel strange looking sideways at the top of something that tall. :deal

Chocolaterie as I'm sure you know, is good for choco and coffe but the food is hit or miss other than desserts. Which would be fine most times anyway! :lol3

My Mrs Tiger has a street triple but she's done the bowden spur on it just a couple weeks back now...

Chris

Hey, thanks for that.

I saw the turnoff for Bowden Spur Rd and wondered if there was some good riding to be had :D

Now I know!

Next time for sure..

Cheers,

JM.

Tastrel 07-23-2013 12:22 AM

Top Box
 
Great report and I have done some of these roads during a trip down there. Great riding to be had. I was wondering what the top box was? some sort of pelican? Could you give details of the box and how it's attached please?

jmcg 07-23-2013 07:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tastrel (Post 21931078)
Great report and I have done some of these roads during a trip down there. Great riding to be had. I was wondering what the top box was? some sort of pelican? Could you give details of the box and how it's attached please?

G'day,

Thanks for reading :D

Here's a link for the top box from Caribou Cases.

Mrs Tiger wanted something that she could lock her helmet in.

Both box and luggage plate have performed without fault.

The box is also a quick release system with four quarter turn fasteners.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

JM.

Tastrel 07-24-2013 02:14 AM

Thanks mate, that was just what I was after.

Keep riding and posting!

jmcg 07-24-2013 04:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tastrel (Post 21939797)
Thanks mate, that was just what I was after.

Keep riding and posting!

Hey, no problemo.

Yeah, I'm hoping to go on another 'proper' ride real soon.

One of the disadvantages of being a shift worker is that it can be difficult to find the daylight hours to go riding during Winter :cry

Cheers,

JM.

jmcg 07-27-2013 01:37 AM

Dromana
 
Went for a quick ride down to Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula today.

Route for the day:

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-jrfdZV4-M.png

Saw this little guy hovering over a field next to the road in Berwick.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-mDxZQc4-M.jpg

What's that speck in the sky I hear you cry.. Well, here's an enlarged version.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-5X3pqBn-M.jpg

Some type of bird of prey, maybe someone wiser than me will know what it is..

Made a stop at the coastal village of Cannons Creek.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-PqZ69XZ-M.jpg

Cannons Creek itself is a tidal waterway, so it can look a bit sad at low tide.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-wGhFSR2-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-pMGKG4w-M.jpg

View of the creek from the pier.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-fNssDKD-M.jpg

I have great memories of Cannons Creek as I had friends who used to live there and visited often. I like to stop by occasionally and have a wander around. Nothing much has changed there over the years..

Next stop, Hastings marina.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-wWrhBJ3-M.jpg

..and yes, I realise that without Mrs Tiger along to play photographer, really this is just a gallery of pictures of a bike with slightly different backgrounds. Suck it up people! :D

Stopped on the Dromana foreshore.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-LRmvC3S-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-LN4Q5fD-M.jpg

..and what else do you have for lunch when you're at the beach but fish 'n' chips!

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-T3Rsj2P-M.jpg

Took the scenic route via Arthur's Seat.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-D7Cwz3w-M.jpg

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-r69pMZC-M.jpg

Views of the bay.

http://jtadventures.smugmug.com/phot...-G39RdbR-M.jpg

..before heading home again to get out of the icy wind :vardy

Not the most inspiring report, but hopefully as the weather improves we will have some time to do more interesting rides.

Thanks for reading.

Cheers,

JM.


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