Day 6 – Avoca to Stawell

Friday March 1, 2013, 52 miles (84 km) – Total so far: 307 miles (495 km)

Off at first light in the shadows of dawn with rear blinkie light flashing. The wind has lessened overnight and the flag at the caravan park indicates it should be pretty favourable as I head out of town.

The Sunraysia Highway (B220) has a good shoulder with decent surface for the 13 kilometres I’m on it. The Victorian “B-roads” tend to have a fair amount of traffic but don’t always have shoulders. There are quite a few semi-trucks already on the road as I revel in the coolness of the morning. The high today is only supposed to be 29C – excellent! Read more

Day 7 – Stawell to Halls Gap

Saturday March 2, 2013, 21 miles (33 km) – Total so far: 328 miles (528 km)

If you are camped next to a body of water, chances are you will be awakened long before sunrise by a bird, or two, or many. And such is the case today. Because this is Australia, it is not a tweet and chirp of song, as if your alarm clock is set to ‘radio’ and tuned to a classical station. This is the shrill, ear-piercing screeching of a scream, as if your alarm clock is set to ‘alarm’ and the volume turned way up. Read more