A day of mourning

Yeah right judging by the traffic around the hills there are a hell of a lot of don't care republicans in Melbourne.
Couldn't get out of Churchill Drive for 3 minutes to cross onto Hughes St to get down to the Seven 11 for fuel. The traffic coming up from UFTG seemed never ending.
Traffic in Belgrave was the pits fortunately there is always room for motorcycles on the left.

Nigel is always late
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The traffic jam into Emerald started at the Paradise Hotel and was no faster than a slow walk all the way to the third roundabout. Honestly Officer I never once went up the inside or passed on the solid white line.

The dirt roads around Macclesfield and Nangana were in great nick and empty. First dirt roads since March for me.

The Gladysdale Bakehouse is closed for September holidays so it was hot chocolate and a toastie for me in Yarra Junction and some vegan muck for Nigel.
The plan was to work our way back to Belgrave area via dirt

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I had recently looked at Google maps and it indicated I could drive all the way along Ure road but I'm not that silly so we went into the north end to check it it. A gate. What a surprise!

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You can easily ride around the gate at the bottom and obviously plenty do so maybe a trip to the top to check it out will be in order. A couple of dirt bike guys who were loading their bikes at the gate told us the Parks open the gates in summer so that also could be worth a look. The track down the hill is overgrown but with well definded vehicle tracks.

Having told Nigel about the huge mud hole that used to exist along the last section of Old Beenak Road it was disapointing to find the road recently graded (the grader was still parked at the end) and no mud.

Ewen Road and Beveridge Road were like dustbowls and following a Suzuki Swift was like following a log truck in summer.

When we hit Monbulk Road we hit the parked vehicles for the Tulip festival. Cars were parked up to as far south as Old Emerald Road 2.3 km from the festival including on all the side roads. I dread to think how far north they went.

Did the back roads to the Patch and left Nigel and headed though Kallista up the hill and hit the Nicholas Gardens parked cars. One km either side of that gates.

F*#king Tourists! If DRATS was still operational I would be a paid up and proud member.
 
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glitch

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Some nice piccies there :clap:

Yeah, stood in front of the Ure Rd. gate the other week, too. Would love to sneak in there for a lookaround again....
and no surprise about all the traffic, it was a glorious spring day out there.
 

r m

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Good to know about the tulip festival being on. I had planned to go up the track near there to get to John's Hill lookout on Sunday. I will take that bit out.
 

glitch

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Good to know about the tulip festival being on. I had planned to go up the track near there to get to John's Hill lookout on Sunday. I will take that bit out.

I wouldn't. It's a sweet spot with fab views from the Kinglake ridge to the north to Arthurs Seat down the Peninsula and Westernport Bay.
And any of those 2 North/ South gravel roads will guarantee rapid access + vanishing routes https://bit.ly/3R7l3hM
 

r m

Tour Pro
Yes. Was thinking about the tulip farm near the roundabout at junction at Menzies creek.
From the roundabout I was planning to go up grantulla then right upJacksons hiil Rd (steep dirt/gravel track) but as it is tulip season there are likely to be lots of cars parked near there so I may not.
I used to live in the area so I know a few good short sections of track (zig zag Rd, puffing billy trestle bridge between Belgrave and Selby then dirt tracks up from there), etc.
 

r m

Tour Pro
Thanks for the suggestion of William Rd, that looks like a good addition and it joins Kallista Emerald Rd which was one of my favourite roads when I lived in Selby.
 
Yes. Was thinking about the tulip farm near the roundabout at junction at Menzies creek.
From the roundabout I was planning to go up grantulla then right upJacksons hiil Rd (steep dirt/gravel track) but as it is tulip season there are likely to be lots of cars parked near there so I may not.
I used to live in the area so I know a few good short sections of track (zig zag Rd, puffing billy trestle bridge between Belgrave and Selby then dirt tracks up from there), etc.
It is not a Tulip farm they grow Daffodils and the season there is almost finished. There may be at most two cars parked at the honesty box.
Jacksons hill road is a graded suburban road the people drive their family cars along. Zero degrees of difficulty in that one.
 
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