Sunday, March 18, 2012

Starting to plan...

Well, ANZAC day is coming up, the last public holiday before winter, and probably the last roll of the dice on a nice big trip on the bike before cup day rolls around, so it's time for me to put my thinking cap on.

This time there is the added possibility of luring my other brother Andrew out for the trip as well, which would be an awesome bonus!  He hasn't got his bike yet (or his license, but let's not get bogged down in details) so we will need to wait and see whether that aspect pans out... but I'm hopeful that it will come together and it's enjoyable thinking through planning a trip keeping in mind frequent breaks and keeping the miles traveled to a reasonable limit.

So far, this is what I've come up with: an overnight in Bairnsdale on the Tuesday night, followed by this for the Wednesday:

There's lots of potential to lengthen the ride once we hit Myrtleford; cut down through Whitfield and Mansfield and run west via Mansfield and Strath Creek, but we need to remember that Ali and I will have to get home at the end of this and that's another hour and a bit from once we say goodbye to Andrew!

Still this is only the first draft of a plan - one of the great things about living in Victoria is that there are so many good roads to explore that if this route turns out to not be possible there are plenty of alternatives that we can look at.

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