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
Website or Map: http://www.plotaroute.com/rou…
Event Type: dairy, windy-roads, over-night, scenery-galore
Organized By: David Atkinson
Latest Activity: Nov 21
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.
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!
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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