Report by Geoff Andrews
Stephanie & I rode our 7th Scody High Country Ride from Mansfield to Mirimbah, (Base of Mt. Buller) and back last Saturday, along with about 300 recreational riders. It takes about 4 hours return & 1/2 hour over a scrumptious morning tea of freshly made hot muffins & good coffee, at the Mirimbah cottage.
It was a perfect high country day for this time of the year, sunny, not cold, no wind & truly magnificent scenery. Mt.Buller is very dominant in the distance as the ride progresses upwards and is undulating without any “huge uphill slog”. We met lots of riders from previous years who travel down from Griffith, Wagga, Henty, Albury from NSW. & from Canberra.
Mansfield has a wonderful carnival atmosphere the whole week end as it is called The Tour de Flavour. Lots of local stalls are prominent in the main street with loads of winetastings, local vegetables, home made cakes/biscuits/jams & everything that is part of The High Country.
We were fortunate to have stayed at the Overflow Cottages, set on 25 acres on the edge of town & directly opposite The Vic Rail Trail. It is a perfect place to stay for a Rail Trail ride.
We certainly knew we were in the country when a few black face sheep appeared at the kitchen window every morning! It is owned by a relative of Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge): Dianna & Paul. She & her husband were so friendly & helpful to us & couldn’t do enough to make our stay absolutely perfect, which it was.
Some Club members maybe interested in coming with us next year to either ride the High Country Ride or ride the Rail Trail.
ps For the $95 entry fee, you get a Scody quality bib & nicks & colourful jersey