Mary Mary

It was going to be a short ride from Eildon to Marysville. We would take in the Black Spur and head over Lake Mountain via a couple of circuits.
The damage from the storms was still very evident and running over pieces of branches was a real problem. The roads were mostly dry but with a sheen that always left and small doubt as to the traction available.
We arrived unscathed at Marysville and we only saw one speed trap on the way. No takers for a ticket in our group!
Ant, Mick and I centred up to Steavensons Falls for a look. The afternoon was spent having a few quiet beers and a great pizza dinner. Ron even managed to get himself a new head ornament.
Tomorrow the group gets even smaller as a couple more of us head our separate ways after a great ride.

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The long and winding road.

An early start for Corey and Dave probably wasn't what they wanted after the night before. They had a 600-800 km to ride to get home in one day. We said goodbye to them, wished them good luck and watched them wobble off into the rising sun.
The sun had returned which made everyone much happier. From Bright the remaining few headed northwest to Myrtleford for a coffee and some breakfast. It's was here that we bade goodbye to Fox as well. He was continuing north and we were turning west.
A run down through some back to Mansfield revealed the storm damage of the few days before. Lots of leaves, branches and mud spread across the road.
Another coffee stop in Mansfield in the steadily clearing weather prepared us for the final run into Eildon.
The road we were going to take had not been ridden by any of us. Ant had heard about it from the owner of the caravan park in Eildon.
Not long after turning left at Jamieson the twisties began.
This road became an instant classic. There was turn after turn after turn, all around the 25-45 kmh range and they just kept going and going.
This has to rate as one of the best bike roads in Australia!
The Eildon Park is very pleasant. We camped up near the water and cooked up another huge meal. Not weight lost on this trip!
An early night was called after the shenanigans of the night before.
Tomorrow it's a short run into Marysville and the Black Spur Loop.

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Yellow Submarine.

A few brief showers during night gather night set the tone for the day. As we struggled out of bed into the fog and rainbows the moistness of the day became real. Leaving Mitta Mitta the rain and fog never diminished. For the 140 kms to Bright there was was fog and rain. Lots of slow speed corners and windy bits made the 2.5 hours to Bright a slow affair.
We all made it around lunch time where the decision was made to get cabins instead of camping. A good choice as 7 hours later its still raining.
We dried out what we could then waddled into town for lunch.
A quick trip the Bright Brewery grew into a loud afternoon.
Dinner at the pub gave the opportunity to thank Ant for his work setting up this ride.
Fox gave a great speech:

BA, The 2013 CrackaGORfat Commandant

The rain today has been abundant, showing our gear was quite absorbant. We really required large quantities of desiccant, otherwise our bikes will need to become buoyant.

STEVE: Unfortunately Bear was a Cracka truant.

COREY: Cozza on corners is quite confidant and next to our bikes the Cozmobile is an giant.

RON: The Murray Princess, carrier of abundant belongings, solved his early mozzie problem with repellant and let out a huff and a pant when his bike was on a major slant.

TREV: Fat Boy, a three time participant, was the team accountant. No one claimed his figures were aberrant but we noticed after an intoxicant his voice became resonant, not unlike his reverberant Harley.

DAVE: Hutto, BA's lieutenant, elegant on corners despite early flu symptoms which were relieved by decongestant.

BRYCE: The Tech Man, a Tasmanian migrant and late entrant was initially quite distant but then joined in and informed us his wife is pregnant with a pending descendant.

MICK: Knife Edge a Cracka debutant, solved his whiffy problem with deodorant and cleaned up his rash with disinfectant.

BRUCE: Fox, quite hesitant on corners, falsely accused of occasional rave and rant yesterday became an errant although in countryside quite pleasant.

ANTH: Bull Ant, as a leader we think you are tolerant, vibrant, compliant and exuberant.

Brilliant
Undulant
Luxuriant
Lubricant
Antidepressant
Noncompliant
Triumphant
aGORfat Commandant

The rain today has been abundant, showing our gear was quite absorbant. We really required large quantities of desiccant, otherwise our bikes will need to become buoyant.

STEVE: Unfortunately Bear was a Cracka truant, we believe because is wife is expectant.

COREY: Cozza on corners is quite confidant and next to our bikes the Cozmobile is an giant.

RON: The Murray Princess, carrier of abundant belongings, solved his early mozzie problem with repellant and let out a huff and a pant when his bike was on a major slant.

TREV: Fat Boy, a three time participant, was the team accountant. No one claimed his figures were aberrant but we noticed after an intoxicant his voice became resonant, not unlike his reverberant Harley.

DAVE: Hutto, BA's lieutenant, elegant on corners despite early flu symptoms which were relieved by decongestant.

BRYCE: The Tech Man, a Tasmanian migrant and late entrant was initially quite distant but then joined in and informed us his wife is pregnant with a pending descendant.

MICK: Knife Edge a Cracka debutant, solved his whiffy problem with deodorant and cleaned up his rash with disinfectant.

BRUCE: Fox, quite hesitant on corners, falsely accused of occasional rave and rant yesterday became an errant although in countryside quite pleasant.

ANTH: Bull Ant, as a leader we think you are tolerant, vibrant, compliant and exuberant.

Brilliant
Undulant
Luxuriant
Lubricant
Antidepressant
Noncompliant
Triumphant

Dave and Corey should have an interesting ride home tomorrow.

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Wet Wet Wet

A warmer night made for much happier campers. Lots of wet tents to dry out before we left. Our third trip to Khancoban to drop off some rubbish then onto Corryong. We lost the Fox along they way and so spent a delightful morning around the CBD.
Coffees and brunch kept us going until the Fox reappeared.

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Heading south to Mitta Mitta provided a great newly sealed road. There was a question as to wether this had been done but thankfully it was great as far as here.

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Tomorrow there is apparently a few kms of gravel to negotiate.
While preparing dinner we were hit by a fierce weather change. A lot of wind and rain which thankfully only lasted for half an hour or so.

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Another great meal of steak, sausages, chop in bacon, onion, green salad, and potatoes has negated any potential weight loss.
Tomorrow we head back to Omeo, Falls Creek, Mt Beauty and into Bright for the night.
The forecast is not good so liners will be back in the jackets!

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Take the long way home.

The morning fog had cleared before most were up.

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The cold kept everyone in their tents a little longer. Standing around the fire we waited for the temperature rise while some lamented about the abilities of their sleeping bags to keep them warm.

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Some internet shopping to be done upon returning home!
The elder statesmen decided to remain at camp, with a quick trip to Jindabyne for supplies. The rest of us headed out on a 401km ride. Back to Khancoban for a coffee and brunch then north to Cabramurra, around the top back down through Adamindly and into Jindbyne. 

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Corey and Dave headed back to camp, while Mick, Ant and I rode the 38 km to Charlottes Pass for a look.
Arriving back at camp around 5:00 finished off a great day.

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Trev and Ron had outdone themselves again with roast, beef, pork, lamb and veggies.
A shorter day tomorrow heading Mitta Mitta.