2023 Indi-Pac Day 20 Report

Thursday April 6, 2023: Out of my cabin at 7:54am interested to see my surrounds, as it had been pitch dark when I had arrived last night. When traversing the rough double track back to the bitumen I marveled at the fact that I didn’t go base over apex while making my way to the cabin in the dark.

Thursday April 6, 2023: My cabin at the Toolshed, Noojee.

Thursday April 6, 2023: The double track back to the bitumen of Noojee.

Thursday April 6, 2023: The bitumen of Noojee. The sign to the Toolshed that took me 20 minutes to find last night.

Thursday April 6, 2023: The Noojee main drag.

Thursday April 6, 2023: As the sign says….

Thursday April 6, 2023: I took this photo for my trainbuff father-in-law.

Out of the old logging town of Noojee, a little more up and down through very dense forest and then out into the Gippsland.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Dense forest.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Dense forest. Take 2.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Dense forest. Take 3.

Thursday April 6, 2023: The view north towards the Victorian Alps……..I think.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Out of the forest and into the Gippsland.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Still a little logging action to be seen.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Gippsland.

It was a tough 60k’s to the old coal mining town of Yallourn North which I rolled into at around 11:30am. Like a lot of old mining towns it had very obviously seen better days but there were signs of attempting to bring the town back to life. One of which was a newish looking and well stocked Foodworks Supermarket which I raided for an early lunch and supplies. I’d only had beer and peanuts for dinner last night and a couple of the muesli bars that James Carmichael had given me at Yarra Junction for breakfast this morning, so I was very much on the tooth. Primed to eat a horse and chase the jockey, you could say.

I settled for pies, fruit, pringles, chocolate and ice-cream and then hung out the front on a bench for about 45 minutes, chatting to a few friendly locals…………”Not a bad day for a ride mate.”

Thursday April 6, 2023: As the sign says….

Thursday April 6, 2023: Rolling through Yallourn North.

From Yallourn North, another 60 odd kilometres through relatively non descript countryside and small towns to Heyfield (pop. 2,050), a town on the Thomson River known for agriculture a timber production, where I stopped for a spot of Afternoon Tea. I was latter to find out (via the Wikipedia) that Heyfield is the principal source of hardwood in Victoria, and has the largest timber mill in the Southern Hemisphere! Who would of thought – although to be fair I only had eyes for the milk bar on the main drag.

Thursday April 6, 2023: The world renown Rintouls Creek.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Somewhere between Yallourn North and Heyfield.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Somewhere between Yallourn North and Heyfield. Take 2.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Somewhere between Yallourn North and Heyfield. Take 3. Maybe Tyers (pop. 824)?

Thursday April 6, 2023: Coupla lads out for a ride between Yallourn North and Heyfield.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Somewhere between Yallourn North and Heyfield. Take 4.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Rolling into Heyfield.

Indi-Pac MAMIL Time in Motion Study:

Whilst in Heyfield I left my handlebar mounted GoPro running which has had the unintended consequence of providing a raw glimpse into what an Indi-Pac MAMIL gets up to over an Afternoon Tea break….

MAMIL waddles out from the retail premises with a variety of Afternoon Tea items.

Mmmmmmm interesting, he must be thirsty as he is straight into the highly sugared orange beverage.

Next he checks his phone….

……..then checks his cue sheet. “Where will I stay tonight?”

Here he is attempting a bold display of multi tasking – taking a photo of his bike while knocking back some more orange beverage.

Back to the phone while having a scratch. His legs are littered with bug bites.

Still on the phone (perhaps a decision has been made re destination town and he is checking accomodation options), while tucking into a Golden Gaytime Ice-cream, a childhood favourite.

Deep in thought now……..”I’m gonna start importing Gaytimes to the US……and Crunchies……..and Pies………and Pasties………and Twisties………and Snakes Alive”.

After a substantial break, he makes ready to depart. First knocking off the remaining Twisties in as expedient a manner as possible.

……and then he fills his water bottles. Note the high elbow to aid water flow.

Thursday April 6, 2023: The bike that captured it all, next to his new mate.

Back into it by around 4pm, a last second swerve around a nasty constellation of potholes and then out into the rolling Gippsland.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Daylight hours not a bad time to come across this….

Thursday April 6, 2023: Hopefully that rain blows on by….

 

Thursday April 6, 2023: Rolling through the charming little town of Newry (pop. 427).

Thursday April 6, 2023: Thirsty Thursday drinky poos at the Newry Pub.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Another lovely old building in Newry.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Gippsland cattle country.

I missed a turn in the town of Briagolong (pop. 1,081) and as I turning around to correct the error a brightly adorned cyclist – both attire and bicycle / dotwatcher joined me for the next 20 minutes or so. A nice bloke but I can’t remember his name I’m afraid. He had plenty of funny stories, including one about how he came across the rainbow flag adorned bike…….for another time.

Wisely, he turned back to Briagolong when it became very obvious that it was going to piss down from a great height..

Which it did soon later.

Drenched, I rolled into Bairnsdale at about 9pm……KFC……..then beddy-bise.

Thursday April 6, 2023: Fun times in the rain. Somewhere between Briagolong and Bairnsdale.

The Day According to Strava:

 

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