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Late lunch at Beechworth Bakery

Beechworth Bakery

Outdoor dinner at jindera

26/11/2018. Monday. Cool, rain, hot and sunny

Coburg to Jindera, NSW north of Albury

We woke to light rain but not cold. That’s a reasonable start for the day! We left the caravan park at 10am and drove on the Hume Highway #31 until we stopped for a cuppa just before Seymour. We continued until we came to the Beechworth turnoff, and drove through beautiful countryside, up and down with many turns, passing a sign alerting us to a ‘Bicycle Event 26/11/2018’. Oh no we thought, not a place to meet groups of cyclists! Fortunately, we didn’t come across any - until we came into town - and then there were bikes and cyclists whichever way you looked. It was the Mountains to Murray event, and we were told by one participant that there hundreds of riders. Ian thought thousands, but I can’t remember, so I’m erring on the side of caution. The cyclists ride a set section and have 1 or 2 nights in a town before continuing on to the next town. A great way to see the countryside and enjoy the company of like-minded people. I spoke to one 13 year old boy who had only ever ridden his bike to his mates place, and here he was doing this huge ride. Good on him! And why did we detour to Beechworth you ask?? Well, their famous bakery! We’ve been there a few times over the years and never been disappointed. We enjoyed a late lunch sitting upstairs on the verandah enjoying the sun and warmth - and good food.

We continued on to our overnight stop at Jindera, which is a beauty! It’s at a sports complex and there’s lots of room around the oval and only 6 vans here. We were able to sit outside and enjoy our dinner of shepherds pie and vegs, made with more left overs from Tony & Tam from Saturday nights dinner. Thanks again T&T! It was delicious.

This afternoon it was 27 degrees in the car driving into the sun, and we felt quite warm, no, hot actually. We did complain a little......and then berated ourselves for never being happy! But it was such a difference from the last 4 days in Melbourne!

As we drove along today we thought that when the time comes that we have no caravan, we can still do road trips and visit the towns and places we pass by because we’re not sure if the caravan will manage. That’s a comforting thought.

For many years we’ve avoided the Hume Highway, listening to reports and people saying it was busy, dangerous and congested. We didn’t find this at all - it’s a great two lane divided highway with only moderate traffic this morning, and the changing scenery was lovely - certainly not boring, and we would recommend this road as a fairly quick way of travel.

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