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Dec 6, 2015 - Castlemaine to Bendigo

Overview Last day in camp. Up again at 4:30 to allow Gaylene to get away early. Roman and I had a cushy job at the front gate. As it was last day all rides. Had left by just after 8am. Roman and I then ride into Castlemaine for a look around and a nice coffee. Then returned to campground and rode to end, picking up Leanne and David P along the way. Sadly one school has had 7 bikes stolen last night so a bit of a downer across the campsite. Roman and I made good time on the ride to the end ,picking up Leanne Nd David P along the way. We...

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Dec 3, 2015 - Rest day - Bendigo

Slept in Cleaned bikes Washed clothes Yummy eggs bacon and tomato breakfast bought by Richard and cooked by Helen. Relaxed around house all day Got food for BBQ dinner at house Visited gluten free bakery for our dessert of little fruit tarts Updated blog during afternoon Lovely weather

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Dec 2, 2015 - Inglewood to Bendigo

Overview Got packed bags to Richard's car at gate by 6am. His son was there to drive them to our rented house in Bendigo. Rode straight to my marshalling point. The lunch stop at 58km at Woodvale town hall. First part of ride was fine with a good pace then turned into very strong cold head wind for last 15km which was a killer. Arrived at post by 8:15am just in time for first cyclists to come through. Marshalled on entrance into lunch spot until 1pm then had a pleasant 15km ride into Bendigo with Leanne. Rode to campsite then onto our...

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Nov 27, 2015 - Lavington to Bendigo

Overview Breakfast with guys in Albury Drive to Bendigo Left cars at motel and did exploratory cycle around town. On a 36 km bike trail We are here a day early Will start official ride activities tomorrow. David and Leanne arrived at motel later in afternoon then Ray after that. David was still suffering from running into a glass wall (hitting his head... In competition with me!!) in their lunch cafe. ! Ray had lambs fry for dinner (alone :( ) in the hotel next to motel Weather Perfect. Temp. 13-21C Overnight location Bendigo Haymarket...

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Dec 8, 2013 - Bendigo

7/12 – 8/12 – Bendigo Pulled into Bendigo looking for the showgrounds to camp at, we had to call into the I centre for directions and things to do. Beautiful town, the buildings remind me of Europe and win hands down over all the others we have seen. Very cosmopolitan type town, heaps of eateries, coffee shops all the stores you could ask for and very busy, busy, busy. It’s a city with its own suburbs. Took in the art gallery which also was outstanding, there was one exhibit of a sow with piglets but the artist tried to introduce a human...

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Oct 27, 2012 - Bendigo - Golden Dragon Museum

28th October Spending a few days in Bendigo catching up with family. Yesterday we toured the Golden Dragon Museum. We experienced a living history of the Chinese people in Bendigo. The museum presents processional regalia, carved furniture and costumes embroidered with gold bullion thread. Artifacts date back as far as as the Shang Dynasty 1100-1500 BC. In the 1890s an impressive Imperial dragon known as Loong was purchased from China by the local Chinese. He is now the oldest Imperial dragon in the world and is housed at the museum. A...

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Sep 3, 2012 - Life in Bendigo

Hi, We are loving Bendigo and the weather has been turned on for us (well so far!) and is sunny and warm. We didn't go to any garage sales on Saturday as we could not find them - only had street names and no suburbs, so even the tomtom could not help us. That's ok as we found a street of antique shops and went browsing instead. We then went out to the Bendigo Pottery and found an antique centre there so that kept us busy for ages. No pottery bought this time, but we haven't left Bendigo yet so that may change! Sunday was market day and it...

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Aug 31, 2012 - Winter Clothes Back Out!

Hi, We left Hay yesterday morning. The day before on our rest day I cleaned the 'van and Barry went back to the museums that we went to last year. We stopped at an antique shop which was closing down in Deniliquin and Barry scored an art deco, bakelite & chrome smoker's stand in excellent condition - is going to look great in the shop. We stopped at Echuca for lunch and a loaf of the super sourdough bread. After a wander around we left for Bendigo. When we came across the border the skies opened and it bucketed down - so much that I was...

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Aug 6, 2012 - Bendigo

Bendigo is a large city with a population of about 120,000. The area used to be called Bendigo Creek or Bendigo’s Gully after a famous local boxer who had earned the nickname Bendigo in reference to an English fighter. Its first official name was Castleton, then Sandhurst, but the nickname of Bendigo won out. There is a lot of history here. Trams have been restored and you can take a Vintage Talking Tram around the CBD.

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Jun 6, 2012 - On the Road Again

After catching up with the "FAMILY" for just over a week, (and "Bruce" for lunch), we left Melbourne at 9.50am, Tuesday 5th. T'Ann, the odometer when we left Melbourne was 87888kms. Headed for Ballarat, where the issue with the tow hitch was resolved. Thanks to Ballarat City Caravans. No thanks to Hayman Reese. Visited Soveriegn Hill, but sadly the Eureka Stockade is still closed for an $11 million redevelopment. Leaving Ballarat yesterday, we went north (it's not getting warmer yet) to the home of The "BENDIGO" Bank, and the first Meyer...

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Sep 1, 2011 - Ballarat to Bendigo

Wednesday - On our way from Ballarat we stopped at the "Chocolate Mill" which is 7kms North of Daylesford. The chocolates are all hand-made using Belgian chocolate and is a chocolate lover's heaven. I had a hot chocolate and it was absolutely delicious. We arrived in Bendigo early afternoon and are staying at the Gold Nugget Tourist Park. The cost is $27 2A per night if you are a Top Tourist member as you receive a discount. Although the park is on a main road (Midland Highway)it is set far enough back to be quiet at all times. The park is...

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Aug 26, 2011 - More farewells than Melba

I just wanted to use that cliche... We are now in Sandhurst…. Ok Bendigo…. Gold Nugget Caravan Park is OK, sites a tad difficult to get onto because of the height above the kerb. Free internet though - unmetered and high speed….. We had a packed day today, gold mining in the am. Maybe I should have called this post “Hi Ho Hi Ho it’s off to work we go”…. The Central Deborah mine tour was interesting; we only went down to the 2nd level but the geology was interesting, the miners of old missed the mother lode by 8 metres and it was discovered...

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