|Today’s Distance: 45.7km||Total Distance: 380.4km|
Today was the perfect biking weather. It was warm early, but not too warm. We packed up in Hollands Landing (we now call it ‘My Name is Earl”) and hit the road at 9.30am. As we only had 45km to bike it was leisurely although now our legs are fitter we keep a good pace and motor up hills. The road was rolling and there was very little traffic.
As we approached Bairnsdale we saw the normal signs of a population centre. First we might see the ‘school bus turns here’ sign. The houses get closer together as we transition from farms to lifestyle blocks. Next comes the gun club or aero club and as we get closer traffic increases, golf courses or pony club, and roadside rubbish increases. Most towns we’ve visited then have a cycle trail but Bairnsdale didn’t. We joined the A1 Princess Highway 3km outside Bairnsdale which was busy but had a nice wide verge.
We made it to the Caravan Park and were greeted by friendly staff and a really nice cabin at a great price. After showering and unpacking we took our bikes to the bike shop for a tune-up, went to the train station to get tickets back to Melbourne, then did some groceries. We came back to the cabin and ate, ate and ate, with a beer or two.
We are happy to be in Bairnsdale. Tomorrow is a day off to do laundry and relax then on Friday we catch the 6.05am bus then train to Melbourne. Normally trains travel from Bairnsdale to Melbourne but in what ABC Radio is calling a debacle, Vline discovered the tracks need cleaning and have been waiting for 6 weeks to get a machine from WA and then NSW. So we get a bus that connects with the train in Traralgon.
Highlight of the day: Great weather and Bairnsdale which is nice.