MILK RUN RIDE Gippsland - November 18-19

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MILK RUN RIDE Gippsland - November 18-19

Time: November 18, 2017 at 8:30am to November 19, 2017 at 4:30pm
Location: Canterbury or Bunyip
Street: Alley Cat Cafe
City/Town: Maling Road, Canterbury
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Phone: 0408833764
Event Type: dairy, windy-roads, over-night, scenery-galore
Organized By: David Atkinson
Latest Activity: Nov 21, 2017

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Event Description


Mooo! This is a repeat of a 2-day weekend ride we did two years ago. We'll learn about Victoria's dairy industry as we meander through the rich rolling green hills of Gippsland which produces a quarter of the nation's milk supply. We'll look at modern milk-processing factories as well as the remains of old dairy farmer’s co-ops that have long closed. The scenery is simply stunning as we ride along rural back roads used by milk trucks that pick up fresh supplies twice daily from the various milking sheds in the district. 

Ride Description

Our 490-km route includes a section of the Grand Ridge Road with glorious views both sides of the ridge and south to the sea. Some sections of dirt road add spice to the ride and help make it very scenic. Our overnight stay will be in Leongatha. On Sunday we'll pass through the hill-top hamlet of Poowong then wiggle our way along the picturesque Bass Valley Highway to Bena with it’s series of picturesque 1940s bridges. We’ll visit a cheese factory for a tasting and pretend to fill up our scooters with Mobilegas at the Artdeco Kongwak petrol station. Lunch is planned for Wonthaggi. We'll then climb back into the hills, catch a shimmering glimpse of Phillip and French Islands and take a coffee break in the charming village of Loch. There will be stops along the way for photography, to explore townships, a pause to enjoy local beer or wine and of course we’ll meet lots of black and white Friesian cows named Daisy. Bless their big warm wet noses. Mooo! 

Route Map


Details to follow later

Meeting Points and Times

For Melbournites:

The Alley Cat Cafe in Theatre Place, just off the main Mailing Road shopping strip in Canterbury. Be ready to leave around 8.30-9am.

For South Suburbanites and Gippslanders:

Ride direct to Bunyip. We'll meet you at Biddy Martha's Cafe corner of Main Road and High Street, Bunyip. The Melbourne mob should arrive around 10.15am

For those too young to remember, milk used to be delivered to our doorstep... by horse and cart! Here is a recording of a milk man made outside our house in 1965 <click here>

So dairy queens, get ready to experience the fun and social camaraderie of a weekend away with the club. It’s sure to be a very enjoyable and memorable one brought to you by Peters Ice Cream - "The Health Food of a Nation". Some pics below taken along the route of the country we'll be riding through to entice you - just like a vanilla buttermilk double dollop ice cream... yummy!

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Comment by James Avery on October 10, 2017 at 9:47

Sorry David, will now be flying to Mexico that weekend.

Comment by Bob Hickman on August 24, 2017 at 12:30

Hi Folks,

I recently caught up with fellow  Gippsland Vespa riders at Yarragon.

I'm in Koonwarra, just down the road from Leongatha and extend an invite to visit my Art studio/ gallery which just happens to have a few bits of a scootery nature inc. paintings, prints & sculptures.I'm sure I can rustle up a coffee/tea for all those keen on a look

Comment by David Atkinson on August 14, 2017 at 22:38

Hi Paul and Judy. Lovely to have you on board for this ride. It's such a beautiful part of Victoria. We first did this ride in 2013 and I had a great time planning it as I hadn't been in the region since the 1960s. It was pure magic. I was hoping to arrange a visit to a dairy to see cows being milked but it hasn't happened - yet. Last time we did the Milk Run Ride we came across a conga line of cows on Marden Road around 3pm walking slowly to the milking shed. There must have been 500 of them. Wow, what a sight! Do you guys have any dairy farmer friends?

Comment by Paul Stampton on August 13, 2017 at 11:31
This is our neck of the woods (20ys+ living in Sth Gippsland) it will be great to see you all and your Vespa's on our lovely bends (perhaps run a competition to see if anyone can find a straight road!). We won't of course don't need the accom. so please leave us off the list for that, Paul & Judy

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