In 2009 we went long. In 2010 we went hard. I can see no reasonable alternative for 2011, but to go both long and hard.
Since we (Rileys) will all be in Narooma at the same time for Christmas. I suggest we return to the 2009 format and leave from there and burn off the Christmas excess. For those not already there, we gather at Narooma on Boxing Day for the early departure the following morning: 27/12/11. If this isn’t possible for some we can bump it a day later.
From Narooma it is possible to make a very picturesque (750 km) route to Melbourne that entails no more than 15 km total of the Prince’s Highway and ~25 km dirt road. On the down-side, there is some up-side (i.e. Great Dividing Range).
Summary: Coast road to Pambula. Up the range via Mount Darragh Rd to Bombala (note: not Brown Mtn, this much quieter) ~ 10km dirt. Delegate, Border, then down Bonang Highway (C612) to Oborst (~ 15 km dirt). Rail trail to Bairnsdale. Back roads to Stratford, Moe, Yarra Junction, bike trails to Fern Tree Gully.
The usual combination of NP camping, caravan parks, cabins and hopefully the Robert Burns Hotel in Wyndham.
1. It is possible to exit at Bairnsdale (Rail Station). The pace picks up a bit after this.
2. Possible to combine days 8 & 9 for shorter trip.
Quality bro-time together and the chance to catch up with people you haven’t seen for a while.
It will make Christmas more
We pass through lots of interesting areas, it would be a good trip for non-riders too.
If Mal drives Melbourne – Narooma, we already have a support car that need to go back anyway. (We may need 2 cars this year).
If we leave (27/12/11) we would arrive at Mal’s (8/01/12).
While it is the same number of days as Melb-Adel, the distance is shorter (750 km compared with 1000 km) but hillier (and we are older).
No rest days, but some short (30 km) days.