Day 10, Wednesday 15th Jan 2014 Porepunkah
We have a quick walk to the deep swimming hole then drive into Myrtleford for a farewell breakfast at Cafe Fez. As T and C leave, we head off across the range to Yackandandah to meet my old school friend, another C, for morning tea. I have spent most of this trip writing my annual ‘Christmas’ letter to C and when we found ourselves in the Ovens Valley Woody suggested that I may as well deliver it by hand, and we do. As we haven’t met face to face for 42 years we have quite a bit to catch up on.
We return via Beechworth and an excellent ploughman’s lunch at the Bridge Road Brewery. The temperature is in the high 30’s so we read in the shade until the sun drops behind the trees before cooling off in the river to invigorate ourselves for dinner. Once again, we extend our stay, this area is too good to leave and Melbourne is sweltering. This is a better place to be.
Day 11, Thursday 16th Jan 2014 Porepunkah
The temperature got up to 41.7 degrees today, I think we can be excused for doing nothing but read and swim in the river.
Day 12, Friday 17th Jan 2014 Porepunkah – Melbourne
On our way through Myrtleford we drive down to the Nug Nug camp to see the site of the upcoming March club muster. Other than a very wobbly melting Hume Freeway we have an easy drive until we cross Donnybrook Rd just north of the city. It is 41degrees and there is a small grass fire on the median strip. Before we know it we are passing the seventh fire and the Elvis firefighting chopper is water bombing from above. The fire crews are battling to keep up and fire number 8 is licking the footbridge over the freeway. It is quite frightening and there is the chance of being trapped in the line of slow-moving traffic. We’re glad to finally be away from it as the freeway closes behind us.
1671kms, 12 days, 11 nights, Fuel $310.44, Accommodation $224.80