Fri, 25 Mar 2005
Easter Deadly Treadly Tour, day 1: Melbourne to Avoca to Beaufort // at 23:59
Another Good Friday morning, another Deadly Treadly Tour commences! A little too far from Oakleigh to the city to do the car and bike shuffle, so Jo and I hopped on the first train of the day, loaded down with bags and helmets and the tandem. Arrived at Flinders Street station to discover that we had to carry the beast up the stairs, no easy task while wearing a large backpack! Ran into another four riders and all made our way over to the start for the hellos, the packing and the getting into the busses. Two busses today, around a hundred cyclists, seemingly equally split between newcomers to the rides and those who had been there for eternity!
Avoca to Beaufort is almost straight south, with only 45km to ride we were expecting a nice, easy afternoon's riding. Unfortunately we weren't expecting the icy cold southerly that blew solidly all afternoon, turning the ride into one long cold slog! Avoca to Amphitheatre, then on to Chute and Beaufort to flop down in the caravan park beside the lake.
A sign at the outskirts of the township of Chute caused an immediate stop and photo opportunity. Chute seems to consist of a t-intersection of two country roads and a grand total of four houses, but it is apparently the birth-place of Cyril Callister, the inventor of Vegemite, that great Australian icon.