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Old 05-14-2014, 10:58 PM   #76
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Autumn in the Dandenongs - 14/05/14

Okay, so I've been slack lately..

Work, injury and sooking about the cold have kept me from riding for the past few weeks.

But with the advent of some fine weather, it was time to go out and enjoy the colours of Autumn

Monbulk Rd, Emerald.



Kallista-Emerald Rd, The Patch.





Views..





Bendy bits..



Colourful trees..





Blurry bits..





Sherbrook..





On to the Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd.



Sassafrass..



Olinda..



..to Seasons cafe for tea and cakes



Always a good time for cake!



A view of the adjacent Cloudhill Gardens.



Choosing..



The promised tea and cakes!





Saw this bloke filming for an upcoming lifestyle television piece..



Garden nanna?



Back onto the Tourist Rd to Kallista.



Inverness Rd.





From there, to Mt Evelyn..

CLegg Rd.



Views to the Yarra Valley..



Warburton Hwy.



Lusatia Park Rd, Hoddles Creek.





Turning onto Gembrook-Launching Place rd, some wag has been busy with the road safety sign..



More signs..











Stopped at a new art installation in Gembrook to stretch the legs..



..before heading off again on Gembrook Rd.





Valley views.



Mt Burnett Rd.







Paternoster Rd, Cockatoo.



Matters Rd.





Bourkes Creek Rd, Dewhurst.









Pakenham Rd turnoff.



Mrs Tiger felt she did an especially good job to snap this pic at exactly the right time to include the power pole right in the centre of shot!



Emerald.



..and home.

Only a short ride on local roads, but good to get out and see all the changing colours of the Autumn trees.

Gps track for the ride:



98 km's for the day.

As always, thanks for reading.

Cheers,

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Old 05-17-2014, 06:37 PM   #77
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Mirboo North - 17/05/14

A combination of days off work/uni and fine weather can't be allowed to go to waste!!

Living so close to Grand Ridge Rd and never riding it is an aberration that needs to be corrected..

Setting off;



A good sign? Bessie Creek Rd.







Some freeway to get there *sigh*



Our first bird sighting?



Getting off the slab at Warragul;



Stretching the legs.



Heading out into the scenery on Warragul - Korumburra Rd.



Those caravans that can be seen down in the valley are part of some type of free range chicken farm. The little dots around them are hundreds of chooks I guess they live in the caravans at night..



Fun signs?



Not so fun sign.. This was at the turnoff to Grand Ridge Rd. 'Roadwork' in this case means lots of freshly spread loose aggregate toppings for about the first 5 kms.. Not so much fun two-up on a heavy bike!





Old farm vehicle..



Mrs Tiger took pics of the view that I was missing from concentrating so hard on the road ahead..





The road turned to asphalt..



..then back to dirt.



There were road hazards..





The one in front had a bad case of 'panda face'



On the right track.



Riding through the farmland.









..before arriving in Mirboo North to check out the recently opened inline 4 cafe!



What a great place!





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Old 05-17-2014, 07:08 PM   #78
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..and then there's the food!

Crumbed calamari - Yum!



Some lime tart to follow..



Obviously a popular destination for riders.



Found a picnic table..





Who would do that??



Setting off again.





Before we could leave town, Mrs Tiger did insist on a pic with the giant beer glass..



Hit some more roadworks out of town.



It had been quite an overcast day, but the sun did make an appearance for a while..



Wild Dog Valley Rd.

















Saw a lone bird of prey getting mobbed by smaller birds..





Found a nice place to stop and stretch.







The road ahead..



..and behind.



Getting the feeling we're being watched out here in the middle of nowhere….



Back on the road.



More rural road hazards..



Took the turnoff to Mountain View Rd.



This lady's dog did not appreciate the Tiger at all and went berserk when we passed them



Beautiful scenery..



Back on the asphalt. The road to Drouin.





..and welcome back to the weekend traffic on Pakenham Rd..



Made it home with the fuel light on..





268 km's for the day.

Gps track of the whole route:



More detail from the Gippsland section of the route:



It's days like today that remind me of how much fun it is to ride!

We had a great time and saw some places that we haven't been to before.

As always, thanks to everyone for reading.

Cheers,

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Old 06-02-2014, 04:57 AM   #79
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First ride of Winter..

So..

The day looks a bit grey, but Winter can be a good time to ride.

We decided to turn an afternoon off into a short ride to places in our 'backyard' that we haven't been to for a while.

The road to Monbulk.







Monbulk township.



Stopped in at Cloudhill Gardens in Olinda for lunch. Soup..



..and cake



With hot chocolate to follow..



Saw this bloke on the way out



Leaving the gardens, we went via Silvan Rd.



Which makes its way through the Dandenong Ranges National Park.



Queens Rd, Silvan.



Back on the dirt at Beenak Rd.



This bloke was happy for some company.



Kurth Kiln Park.



Gembrook - Launching Place Rd.



Back into the bush - Bunyip State Park.



Black Sands Rd.





Did I miss that turnoff..?



Naaaah..



Stopped at the Dyers Picnic Ground for a cuppa.





A little visitor.



Is that actual dirt on the Tiger?!?!?



A nice peaceful place, especially on a Monday with no one else around.. In fact, all the time we were in the park we only saw two other vehicles, and that was as we were leaving..



Just makes me afraid that an arm will drop from the sky at any time



Checking out the creek.





Probably time to hit the road again.. Park Rangers have a habit of turning up at the worst times..

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Continued..

..back on the road.

Black Sands Rd.



The turnoff to Bunyip River Rd.



Going for a blast beneath the power lines!







Looking back.



The top of the hill.



The road ahead. Looking misty over in the far hills..



Given the late afternoon time of the day and the impending weather, we decide to go back the way we came.



Back via Black Sands Rd.



Our little camera struggles a bit with low light and moving shots.



The tree lined avenues of Gembrook.



As we pass through Gembrook, the mist rolls in..





The last leg of the ride into Cockatoo. It gets too wet to take any more pics.





We arrive home having beaten the worst of the weather

Winter can be a great time to ride. If you can keep warm and avoid the worst of the wet weather, the roads are quieter and you have places to yourself when you get there..

Today was only a short ride using up an otherwise wasted afternoon, but we had a ball despite the worsening weather.

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Any day can be a good day for a ride.

As always, thanks for reading.

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Old 06-18-2014, 04:32 AM   #81
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Caramel slice at The Island..

18th June, 2014;

On a grey Melbourne day, we decided to head to 'The Island' for no better reason than there is a cafe that has great caramel slice

Beaconsfield - Officer Rd:





Officer South Rd, passing under the freeway..



Sharing the road.



Approaching San Remo.



The home of great caramel slice!



Finding a spot for lunch..









The good stuff!





After lunch, over the bridge to the Island.



Looking back on our lunch spot (near the power pylon)



The Island.



A good sign..





Went for a ride around the Summerlands Estate part of the Island.



A Cape Barren Goose.



Summerlands.



Leaving the Island, we travelled via Kilcunda.

Kilcunda Ridge Rd.



Looking South from the top of the hill.



Looking for friends..



Looking ahead.



Angry sky..



Riding through beautiful views.



All manner of wildlife on the road, apparently..



Riding through history..



This road was a highlight of the ride..





Such a beautiful area..



Even the cows have picturesque waterfalls and creeks..



Looking back up the valley.. The road up to the left.



Found another picturesque spot for a cuppa.



Heading for home, we stopped in at some of the coastal villages.

Lang Lang foreshore.





Riding over the freeway into Pakenham.. A sign from above..?



A splash of fuel to get us home.



Back along Beaconsfield - Officer Rd.





Past the much painted 'Elephant Rock' in Upper Beaconsfield.



..before arriving home without being rained on!

271 km's for the day.

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We had a great ride today, seeing some familiar places and finding some new roads.

Best of all, there was hardly any traffic on the roads.

As always, thanks for reading.

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Old 06-18-2014, 05:10 AM   #82
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A great day out by the looks of it.

FYI, we hit a small wallaby in the car within 1 km of the San Remo bridge, Island side, on our way home from the World Superbikes. It bounded away to tell the tale but we couldn't believe where it was as there were houses nearby - better in the car (small dent in fender) than on the bike I guess.

Those Rukka outfits look like great gear. Did you purchase them online from OS or in Oz?
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Old 06-18-2014, 05:31 AM   #83
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A great day out by the looks of it.

FYI, we hit a small wallaby in the car within 1 km of the San Remo bridge, Island side, on our way home from the World Superbikes. It bounded away to tell the tale but we couldn't believe where it was as there were houses nearby - better in the car (small dent in fender) than on the bike I guess.

Those Rukka outfits look like great gear. Did you purchase them online from OS or in Oz?
Thanks for reading.



We bought our Rukka stuff from the Australian distributor, Innotesco.

It can cost a bit, but it's great gear. The quality is fantastic.

I don't expect to have to buy new gear for some time..

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This road was a highlight of the ride..





Such a beautiful area..



Nice one!

Grantville- Glen Alvie Rd. I guess?
Beautiful area down there.
Thanks for the pics.
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Nice one!

Grantville- Glen Alvie Rd. I guess?
Beautiful area down there.
Thanks for the pics.
Thats the one!

Thanks for stopping by.

Mrs Tiger does a good job with the camera from the back seat.

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Old 06-18-2014, 09:03 PM   #86
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Nice Pics. Particularly the caramel slice. That Kilcunda Ridge Rd is going into the memory banks for next time I'm down that way. I personally wouldn't go posting images showing top speeds in licence losing and vehicle impounding territory though.
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Nice Pics. Particularly the caramel slice. That Kilcunda Ridge Rd is going into the memory banks for next time I'm down that way. I personally wouldn't go posting images showing top speeds in licence losing and vehicle impounding territory though.
Yup, some nice places down there that we haven't seen before.

Thanks for reading.

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Old 06-19-2014, 04:27 PM   #88
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Mrs Tiger does a good job with the camera from the back seat.

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Sure does! :-)
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Nice little area. The Gorge Rd looks like fun. More roads to put on my list.
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Nice little area. The Gorge Rd looks like fun. More roads to put on my list.
Hey, thanks for reading.

It's a fun bit of road, but it was still wet in the shadows on the day we were there..

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