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Old 11-15-2013, 11:27 PM   #61
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Mornington Peninsula

16th November 2013.

I'm not a big fan of riding around the peninsula due to tourist traffic and fairly boring roads.

This area is more of a destination than a place to ride.

But, I was going to visit a friend so I thought I would take some pics along the way.

Every ride should start with a coffee..



Stopped at the top of Old Coach Rd, Berwick for a view of the urban sprawl in outer South Eastern Melbourne.



There were others enjoying the view from up here..



Moo..



Stopped at Wooleys Beach, Stoney Point for a break.



Fun police..



Views across Westernport Bay to French Island.



The only access to the island is via ferry.



Visible in the distance is the derelict submarine HMAS Otama.



Next stop, the Cape Schanck lighthouse.



View from the Blowhole Track at Flinders.







Looking back on the track.



Flinders jetty.



Started heading back into the hills and took a few back roads that I haven't been down before.

Got stopped by a gate on Chadwick Rd, Harkaway.



Hmm..



Too much water for the Tiger.



Tiger crossing?



Looking back.



Riding around Cardinia Reservoir.



See those blobs in the background..



Giant chickens!





Back to the road.



Bourkes Creek Rd, Dewhurst.





Saw an echidna crossing Matters Rd, but he made himself into a prickle ball before I could get the camera out.



The view from Matters Rd across Mount Burnett.





One final pic from the road..



..before returning home.

264 km's for the day.

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Cardinia Reservoir detail:








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Old 02-18-2014, 10:09 PM   #62
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Snobs Creek/Eildon 18/02/14

Hmmm..

Been a while since our last RR..

The weather was too good to pass up the opportunity for a ride.

We've been to Eildon once before but it was a brief visit.

This time, we wanted to spend a bit more time looking around.

Standard setting out pic..



Out past Warburton.



'Respect the Bends'..



A short delay along the way.



The start of the Reefton Spur.



Here's how it looks on the map for those that haven't had the experience of riding the 'spur;



The Reefton Spur is popular with motorcyclists but can be quiet during the week. We only saw one other rider going the other way on our journey. Tree debris can be an issue on windy days too.

Having a break near the Yarra River crossing.





View from the road.



Riding the spur.













Woods Point turnoff.



Eildon-Warburton Rd.











On to Snobs Creek Rd where the trucks started..



Dusty much?



Got stuck behind a truck at one point.



Stopped at Snobs Falls for lunch.



A cuppa with a view.







Replenishing the water supply.



Better give way to this bloke..



Snobs Creek Rd.



Crossing the Goulburn River into Eildon township.



Sculpture in the town.



Went via Skyline Rd to the Lakeside camping area.



Views of lake Eildon.







Merlo's lookout.





Heading towards home via Maroondah Hwy, distant views of the Cathedral Ranges.





Our original plan was to ride home through the Cathedral Ranges park but time and fuel got the better of us.



Some of this..



Then via the Black Spur to Healesville.





..and a splash of fuel to get us home.



296 km's for the day.

Gps track:



Nothing much new and exciting, but did see a couple of roads for future rides..

Cheers,

JM.

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Old 02-19-2014, 09:32 PM   #63
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Nice RR, but youre going to have to get some knobbies and get off the easy stuff. Your missing out on heaps of great riding within that loop...
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:56 PM   #64
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Nice RR, but youre going to have to get some knobbies and get off the easy stuff. Your missing out on heaps of great riding within that loop...
Hey, thanks for reading AGF!

Yeah yeah, I know.. I'm probably best described as a 'light' off-roader.

I would run out of talent fairly quickly 2up on a heavy bike

There's always 'next time'..

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Old 03-08-2014, 12:03 AM   #65
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The quest for the Turkeys Eggs 08/04/14

*Edit* As much as I would like to live in the future, the title should read: 08/03/14.. Duh!

Okay, so this ride came about because of something I saw on a map..



I mean, surely this has to be something worth a visit?

There was the issue of the map being about 10 years out of date and the fact that I could find no reference anywhere else to the mysterious 'Turkeys Eggs'..

But why let all that get in the way of a good ride!

Started the day with a coffee at Cafe Marte in Emerald.



Then off towards Cockatoo.



Views across Gembrook.



Gembrook - Launching Place Rd.



Beenak Rd.



Turned off at Old Mill Rd which was marked as 'no through rd' for some reason..



No idea why, because it goes through just fine to Jameson Rd..

Checking the GPS 'cause I thought I must have been mistaken..



Pasture and distant hills from Jameson Rd.



Thonemans Rd.



Hazeldene Rd turnoff.



A vineyard with hills in the distance.



Black Sands Rd.





Big Creek Rd.



Big tree..





Distant views.



A couple of heads.



Thought we'd have a look since we were in the area..





Good place to stop for a cuppa.



Went for a wander.



Pointed at signs..



..and trees.



Looked at trees..



..and stood in front of stumps.



Made it to the big 'ol tree..







Looks much like a tree..



Back on the road.. New Turkey Spur Rd - Sounds promising..



Took the turnoff to New Turkey Spur Track, where I thought my best approximation of the location of the fabled Turkeys Eggs would be!



And then..

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Old 03-08-2014, 12:32 AM   #66
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..nothing!



No Turkeys Eggs!



Just.. more trees.



Oh well, we put the disappointment of the non-existent Turkeys Eggs behind us and continued on along New Turkey Spur Rd.





A quick photo opportunity.





Crossing the Latrobe River.



Mmm, brown..



Turned onto Yarra Junction - Noojee Rd.





Stopped in Noojee at the Red Parrot Cafe.



Food!



The newly constructed Noojee Heritage Centre complete with locomotive!





Taking the Neerim North - Noojee Rd out of town.





Distant views.



Stopped briefly at the Tarago Reservoir.



Really nothing much to see here..



A short stretch on the Princes Hwy.



Before heading towards home via Tonimbuk Rd and Gembrook - Tonimbuk Rd.







Through Gembrook..



..and Emerald.



And home to find the mutt all tuckered out from doing nothing all day!



GPS track for the day:



190 km's for the day.

I hope someone out there finds the Turkeys Eggs one day..

As always, thanks for reading.

Cheers.

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Old 03-08-2014, 01:51 AM   #67
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Hey thanks again JM, loving your reports and pictures.
I've been up that way a few times myself this summer and have seen no signs of eggs of turkeys!:
Cheers
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Old 03-08-2014, 01:11 PM   #68
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Haha, thanks NtM!

It is a good area to ride.

Lots of nice easy dirt roads for slow awkward 2up riders like us

Plenty of trails around there for those looking for more challenging terrain too.

Thanks for reading (+ posting!).

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Old 03-10-2014, 01:57 AM   #69
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Kinglake National Park 10/03/14

*Disclaimer: Okay, so Mrs Tiger wasn't available to take photos 'on the move' on this ride, so what follows is not going to be the most entertaining RR.. More along the 'bike + background' type of report..

The last day of the long weekend and the Melbourne weather is holding.. Just. Rain and thunderstorms predicted for this afternoon. I reckon I can get a few hours on the road before it gets too nasty..

No real plans in mind, just wanted to ride in the Kinglake area as I haven't been there for a while.

Stopped at Silvan Reservoir Park briefly.







Topped up with fuel and snacks in Lilydale.



A quick break in Yarra Glen.



Time to make a break from the holiday traffic.

Went via Mt Wise Rd to Skyline Rd, Christmas Hills.

Amazing views!







In what would become a theme for the day, got this far before the road ran out.



Kept going via Buttermans Track.



In the grand tradition of shooting at roadsigns, someone made new 'eyes' for the wombat..



Went via Mittons Bridge Rd..



..to Jacksons Rd.



Jacksons Rd becomes Bald Spur Rd through Kinglake National Park for the first time.



There is a site at the peak for a proposed memorial for the local victims of the 2009 Black Saturday bush fires.







Leaving the park.



A short stretch on Whittlesea - Kinglake Rd before turning onto Bowden Spur Rd at the power lines.



This is a loosely gravelled steep road going South, but it does offer some great views.



Melbourne city in the distance of the last photo.



More views and the road ahead in the distance..



Just to show that I was actually there.



Turned into Chad Creek Rd at Strathewen, only to be stopped by this sign a short way along.



I asked a local who said it was definitely a dead end so I didn't explore further. Instead, he directed me to Beale Ave.

Saw a few signs like this today, but never saw anything that would have made the road impassable for a bike.



Back onto Whittlesea - Kinglake Rd.



Stopped at an old favourite for lunch; Flying Tarts in Kinglake West.



Went on via the Whittlesea - Yay Rd for a short stretch.





I had thought of stopping at the Toorourrong Reservoir Park, but it was closed due to fire damage from 2009.

Rode back into Kinglake West and entered the forestry area West of town only to be met by another gate at the water catchment area.



Mucked about on some tracks for a bit..





Before being stopped by more vaguely threatening signs..



Went back towards Kinglake and turned off at Extons Rd and onto Captains Creek Rd.

Stopped at the Wombelano Falls site.



There is water down there somewhere..





Back on Captains Creek Rd.





Went back towards Kinglake via Kinglake - Glenburn Rd.

Checked out a possible future camping site at 'The Gums' campsite.



Looks like some good walking trails through the park.



Nice campsites.



Kinglake - Glenburn Rd.



Stopped at Jehosaphat Gully picnic area for a cuppa.







Went on via Toolangi to Myers Creek Rd and made a brief detour on Monda Rd.





I had the idea that I would go to the Mt Saint Leonard fire tower lookout.

But when I got there, I remembered from a previous trip that it was a 1.5km walk to the tower from a gated parking area.. I just couldn't be bothered at that time of the day.



Back down the hill.



Continued on homeward via Myers Creek Rd..



..Healesville, Woori Yallock and Cockatoo.

250 km's for the day.

GPS track of the whole ride:



Detail of the Kinglake part of the ride:



All told, it was a good day of riding with a mix of dirt and asphalt.

Bald Spur Rd was a highlight for the views, Captains Creek Rd was a great dirt road and Myers Creek Rd is a great sealed road blast on the way home.

As always, thanks for reading.

Cheers!

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As always, thanks for reading.

Cheers!
As always, jealously enjoyed reading it from afar
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:02 PM   #72
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Great report, thanks. I ride around that area a lot (road bike) and it's nice to learn what is just behind all those trees that I can't see through! :-)


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Great report, thanks. I ride around that area a lot (road bike) and it's nice to learn what is just behind all those trees that I can't see through! :-)
Hey Scottie, I know how you feel.

I was exactly the same until the Tiger came along and we started to go behind the scenery.

The tiger is a great bike for this kind of light off-road work.

And once you get back on the tar, you can enjoy some spirited road riding on the way home

Thanks for reading.

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Old 03-15-2014, 03:58 PM   #74
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Yeah, I think i need to get myself a dualsport bike to see a bit more of the countryside! :-)


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