Bike Ride Nov 2018
Notes about a 5-day cycling
adventure starting at Drouin, through Poowong, Korumburra,
Leongatha, Meeniyan, Foster, Toora, Welshpool, Yarram,
Woodside, Seaspray and Golden Beach to Sale. Train to Drouin
from Southern Cross and from Sale to Southern Cross for Rick
& Noel. Mike and Kevin drove to Drouin started and
(the writer), Noel, Kevin and Mike.
Approximately 300 km.
Drouin to Korumburra.
Motels booked in advance.
All adequate except for one. All gear carried in panniers.
How we Navigated
I had an iPad running
Maps.Me in a waterproof holder in view on my handlebar bag.
Maps.Me has useful features such as off-line mapping and
automatic rerouting. It sometimes suggests unnecessary
deviations off main roads which may result in hills, unmade
tracks or goat paths. We have learnt to detect these
suggestions and work around them when needed. Only needed
Maps.Me for the first few days and to find a quiet cycle
route between Korumburra and Leongatha.
Noel used Strava to
record each day’s trip. Strava records the route,
elevation, speed and many other useless parameters. He
uploaded the information to the internet at the end of each
Arrived lunchtime Monday and town dead. Nothing open except
IGA Supermarket. See this
photo outside the IGA
Had dinner in hotels
and a Chinese restaurant.
Mike cooked Spaghetti Bolognese (see this
photo) at Golden
Beach. All good meals.
Morning tea, lunch and
afternoon tea along the way where possible. Some days we
took lunch with us. See this
photo at Leongatha. This
photo at Welshpool. This
photo at Woodside. This
photo at Seaspray. This
photo at Sale.
Took all breakfasts
Pleasant. Couple of showers
out of Yarram but none lasted more than 15 minutes. Medium
headwind between Welshpool and Yarram.
Things of Interest
bridge near Sale.
sign near Giffard.
flew his drone in four places:
the Great Southern Bike Trail on a bridge near Koonwarra.
First time we had seen the drone in action and it was
impressive. See this
a lookout near Foster on the Great Southern Bike Trail.
Great views to Wilsons Promontory. See this
an open section of the Great Southern Bike Trail near
Welshpool. Set it up to track us whilst riding.
Golden Beach. Great views of the ocean and beach and
highlights the isolation of the house. See this
Creek Motel. Very old. Musty smell in rooms. Most expensive
accommodation. Near highway so was noisy.
317 m on road from Drouin
to Korumburra about 10 km from Korumburra.
Noel had three
flats, all on the front. Kevin
had one rear flat. Kevin found 3 pieces of metal in Noel’s
dodgy tyre. See this
8 out of 10.