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   Seven Days and Seven Nights

    Friday, October 14, 2011

Author: Brett Grandin

After the discussion in relation to what the ideal ride is I have indeed participated in a ride that could be classed as an ideal adventure.

Earlier this year a group of my riding brethren and myself ventured to the Garden state of Victoria to find out what it was like to do an adventure such as The SEVEN DEADLY SINS.

Nine able-bodied souls ventured to Bairnsdale in Victoria, bikes in tow, to do a ride through the exact country that the publicised rides goes through. Albeit on our own “without the Guide”. One of the motley crew was a local boy who had boasted that the country in the Victorian highland is to be experienced as it is like no other in Australia and a total contrast to what we experience in WA.

Well the prep was done, the day had come, so we set of to ride the best seven days of riding I have ever been part of.

There are hills that go to the sky, rock outcrops that have boulders the size of bowling balls, creeks that never forgive, rain that is colder that the ice on the ground, rear wheel traction that allows you to continue beyond your fitness levels and beer that tastes better after being in the saddle for 8-10 hours (more on that in a later story.)

For seven days our band of merry men and the backup driver traversed the high country of Victoria's eastern ranges, up and down the many mountain ranges, jumping the endless amount of drainage ditch and /contour banks, in and out of rivers and streams following the trails provided by the Victorian government for the benefit of its off road community. Single trails, forestry roads, fire breaks and (if there was no other way) on the black top to the next access point to the off road unlimited adventure trail. We travelling a minimum of 250-300 km a day in the bush and pulled up at predetermined lodgings for the night.

The roads and trails are marked well and the need to navigate your way is kept to a minimum. Great scenery to be had at some unreal vantage points, with need for the oxygen bottle only required on the ski slopes.

If you ever get the chance to ride the High country of Victoria.. take it!