Time: November 28, 2015 at 8am to November 29, 2015 at 4:30pm
Location: South Gippsland
Street: Mailing Road, Canterbury or Main Road, Bunyip
Website or Map: http://www.motowhere.com/maps…
Event Type: weekend, scenic, dairy-country, cream-and-green
Organized By: David Atkinson
Latest Activity: Jan 18, 2016
Milk Run Ride - 2 days
This is a repeat of the ride we did two years ago, but this time without the rain. Gippsland produces a quarter of the nation's milk supply. We'll learn more about Victoria's dairy industry on this two-day weekend ride as we wander through the rich dairy country of South Gippsland on the rural back roads used by milk trucks to pick up fresh supplies twice a day from various milking sheds in the district. The genteel pace set by a classic Vespa will allow us to enjoy the rolling green hills. The route includes a section of the Grand Ridge Road with glorious views both sides of the ridge and South to the sea. There are some scattered bits of dirt road to add spice to the ride which help make it very scenic. We'll have a look at factories where milk is processed as well as old dairy farmers co-ops that have long closed and perhaps visit a cheese factory and meet lots of black and white Friesian cows named Daisy. We'll have stops for photography, explore some townships and have time to enjoy a beer, wine or coffee along the way. Our overnight stay will be at McCartin's Hotel, an old pub in Leongatha. On day two we'll visit Poowong, a hill-top hamlet North of Korumburra. Our route then wiggles along the picturesque Bass Valley Highway to Bena, dipping down South as far as Innverloch, Cape Patterson and Wonthaggi for a bit of coastal riding. Then we'll climb back into the hills past the charming village of Loch. The total route is 515kms. Map and more details posted soon.
Meeting points and maps for the Milk Run Ride:
1) 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.
2) For South Suburbanites:
Ride direct to Bunyip. We'll meet you at the cafe on the corner of Main Road and High Street, Bunyip. The Melbourne mob should arrive around 10.15am
So dairy queens, this could be the last big ride before Christmas and I'm sure it will be a very enjoyable and memorable one. Some pics below taken along this truly beautiful route of the kind of country we'll be riding through. Just like a vanilla buttermilk double dollop of ice cream... yummy!
To put you in the mood and for those too young to remember, milk used to be delivered to our doorstep... by horse and cart. Here is a sound recording I made outside our house at 5.30am in 1965 of the milk man. Best heard with stereo headphones:
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