I took a solo run inland to avoid the Otways because of debris on the roads from all the recent heavy rain. I left Geelong under a cloudy sky with the temp around 16C, but expected better weather inland. I headed through the tourist trap town of Daylesford (having been tailed for around 5 klm by a marked police vehicle) to go to the historic former goldmining town of Maldon via the back roads through Newstead. The day quickly warmed up and before too long I had to pull over and remove some layers.
Here’s the route
Pic below is between Ballan and Daylesford
|The ‘roos are a problem and behave much like deer in the USA.|
Once past Daylesford I pretty much had the roads to myself. There was some minor road damage evident near Newstead from the flooding of the Loddon River, which peaked late on Friday.
|Looks to me like the layer of asphalt was too thin in the first place.|
|River debris. There were flood warnings for nearby Maryborough so I kept clear.|
I had a bit of a walk around but it was so humid and I was overheating, it would have been nice in shorts and a T- shirt, like the ‘fella below actually!
|Saw this guy go bye in his “Queensland leathers” on a lovely old Vincent Comet single.|
|It started first kick after he stopped at a nearby shop.|
|Said g’day to the dog!|
As I was leaving a couple pulled up in an immaculate old Mercedes 190 two-door.
This thing was pristine.
Always some surprises in the store windows in the country – a solar powered snake deterrent!
It was hot and humid and the shady verandas are perfect. There’s a historic vehicle museum in Maldon, but a cast of guys on Harleys with beards like they play in ZZTop were there so I continued on.
|VFR resting in the shade|
|An uncommon color for an Australian Wing.|