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  • Day69

    58 • Tarra Bulga Nationalpark

    September 23, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Der Regen hat sich verkrochen, zumindest soweit, dass wir trockenen Hauptes einen kleinen Spaziergang bei Sonnnnnnnnnne 🌤 am Marlay Point machen konnten. Danach sind wir Richtung Osten gefahren und haben einen Abstecher in den Tarra Bulga Nationalpark gemacht, einen der letzten gemäßigten Regenwälder in Victoria. Kurvenreich geht's durch das Tarra Valley bergauf, vorbei an wildblühenden Callas - eine Freude für jeden Blumenliebhaber (Martin musste mir eine stibitzen, sie schmückt nun unseren Bus 😊). Unsere aufregende Wanderung durch den märchenhaften Wald beginnen wir mit einem leckeren BBQ. Dann faszinieren hohe Ashtrees, gelbblühender Wattle sowie Farnbäume, eine Hängebrücke dürfen wir überqueren und ein Echidna (Ameisenigel) überrascht uns.
    Als wir abends unser Nachtlager am Franklin River aufschlagen, sichtet Martin sogar einen Platypus.
    Zum Abendbrot hat Mia zum ersten Mal selbst Grießbrei mit dem Löffel gegessen. Ein Teil davon ist auch im Mund gelandet. Sie hat einiges gelernt den letzten zwei Monaten, ihr dürft gespannt sein :)
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    Ich ( wir ) sind gespannt wie ein Flitzebogen ,was Euer kleiner Schatz und unser aller Sonnenschein auf Eurer Reise dazu gelernt hat. Kaum zu glauben, wie groß Mia schon geworden ist. Liebe Grüße aus Bad Feilnbach von ganz vielen lb. Menschen. P.S. Nasca schläft jetzt oft neben Mia´s Bobycar .Ein Bild für Götter.!

    9/25/16Reply

    Na Mia,gefällt Dir Dein Papa mit schön gestutzten Bart ? Du schaust mit deinen Zöpfchen auf alle Fälle zum Anbeißen süß aus und gefällst Deinem Papa ganz sicher und mir auch. Bussi von deiner Oma Gaby

    9/25/16Reply

    Danke Euch wieder mal für die schönen Bilder und Reisebeschreibungen

    9/25/16Reply
     
  • Day48

    Cowwarr RV camping area

    February 22, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Nestled at the end of a huge and well maintained parkland area is the RV overnight camping area. You do need to be self sufficient for everything. The only facility for campers is toilets. We saw swimmers along a bit in the day use area. This would be a beautiful area for a short stay.Read more

  • Day7

    Riding the High Plains Trail

    November 28 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    After celebrating our triumph over the George Bass Coastal Walk, it was time to head to the Latrobe Valley and pit our cycling skills against the Gippsland High Plains Trail from Traralgon to Heyfield and back. Although some of our riders had ventured to this part of Victoria, for most of us it would be our first experience on this trail.

    According to my calculations, if we started in Traralgon and rode all the way to Heyfield and back, we would be pedaling around 80 km. Of course we had already ridden well over 200 km in the past few days, so none of us had any great desire to set new Strava records (actually I can never understand why any cyclist feels the need to record their every pedal stroke, but that is another story). Sometimes discretion is the better (and much smarter) part of valour, so we all went in search of a "Plan B".

    A study of the maps showed there was a much better starting point in the car park on Burnetts Rd. Since this was a couple of km outside of the city, it seemed like the intelligent place to start.

    So that is where we started - well almost. When our peloton of 14 riders was gathered in the car park, we started to discuss the condition of the trail and whether we really wanted to ride another 75 km. The decision was quickly made that there was a much better starting point at Glengarry (about 6 km further on). They really are a much smarter group than they look.

    We were also met at the start by Dave Mc Morran, who had made the 2 hour drive from Melbourne to join us for the day. When we told him that he could either start at Burnetts Rd or Glengarry, he also decided that Glengarry would be fine. According to our new calculations, that would leave us a ride of around 60 km - enough in anybody's language.

    After transferring to the lovely little town of Glengarry, we assembled near the old railway station and headed off towards Heyfield. Everything went well for the first few minutes. Although the surface was rough and stony, we were able to make reasonable progress. And then we met the first challenge.

    After riding over a small bridge we were presented with an extensive sea of water. The trail disappeared completely. We pulled to a halt to discuss what to do next. Although I tried to persuade David Yates to sacrifice himself to the water, nobody was willing to take the risk. After all, we had no idea of how deep the water was. We had no alternative than to U turn and head back in search of an access path to the highway.

    Fortunately we were able to find a suitable detour along the somewhat busy road and rejoined the trail a couple of km further on. Although it was not under water, the surface was still quite bad. This is such a pretty region that it is a real shame that the trail has not been properly maintained.

    The poor condition of the trail (trial ?) meant that we had to concentrate hard in order to avoid crashing. This also meant that we did not have a lot of time to enjoy the surroundings as much as we would have liked.

    It was a great relief when we reached Dawson's Connection and were able to leave the trail for a few glorious km along delightfully quiet country roads. This reminded me of the back roads of Europe that make cycling there so magical. Unfortunately the respite was temporary and we were soon back on the rough trail again.

    We eventually bounced and swerved our way to the outskirts of Heyfield, only to find that the final few km were the most rough and dangerous of the entire ride. When you combine steep inclines, boggy dips and loose stones, it really does add up to a significant degree of difficulty.

    When we finally rolled into Heyfield, we were a little dismayed to find that our eating options were pretty limited. We finally were saved from starvation when we found a small food caravan that was able to serve up a variety of sandwiches and drinks. They were doing a roaring trade, especially after our peloton arrived.

    We then started off on the return ride to Glengarry. For some unknown reason the trail did not seem quite as rough when heading this direction (strange but true) and we were able to maintain a higher speed. You might think we had a tail wind, but that was not the case.

    After arriving back at Glengarry we enjoyed some icecreams from the grocers and then climbed into the cars for the long drive to Lakes Entrance.

    Will we ride this trail again ? Probably yes, but not for a few years.
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  • Day37

    Mirboo

    April 16, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 15 °C

    We are set up in a massive farm shed on a small acerage lot. Mark and Lynn Porter who stayed at our home in Yeppoon last spring are hosting us.

    Wayne and Judy who are tagging along on this trip are also huddled in the shed with us.

    We are in the midst of some awful wet and windy weather from a low pressure front from the bite.

    Day temperature is about 15 but with rain and wind the chill factor is about 6.

    Indoors for a few days.
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    Rob and Pam T

    You look cold. We are back in Qld, just.

    4/16/18Reply
    Peter Long

    With the weather being in the shed you struck it lucky, the life of pampered nomads. What is with the big coat and beanie?????? Peter

    4/18/18Reply
     
  • Day40

    Tara Bulga NP

    April 19, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    The drive today took us north east down from the grand ridge around through Churchill and up again onto the grand ridge to this awesome National Park.

    Windy narrow road we had a close encounter with a logging truck on a hair pin bend.

    But the the drive was rewarded .

    The air was moist and cool and the deep valley's protected the forest from the winds.
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  • Day3

    Change of Driver

    July 15, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    In Morwell for change of driver, petrol and to double check the tyre.

    Also morning tea break.

    On the road again and listening to The Beatles and Elton John.

    Sorrento next stop.

    Melissa Wilson

    Good that the tyre is holding up. You should make a J&C Road trip playlist on Spotify! The selection is fantastic!

    7/16/19Reply
     

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