Thanks to our goldfields expert, Allan Marshall, for organising and running this exciting weekend of friendship, fun and cycling. Please contact Allan ASAP if you plan to join this weekend. Bookings need to be made by August 31st.
There is a public holiday on Friday the 30th of September for the Football Grand Final Parade again this year.
It is planned that we do the same as last year but we will be staying at the Maryborough Lake Side Caravan Park. (The accommodation in Avoca doesn’t meet my standard for this type of weekend away.) Maryborough has plenty of cabins of varying standards all with en-suites. I will sort out what we need when I know who is going. I would like to know who is going by the 31st of August so we have a choice of cabins on a weekend that will be very popular.
It would be nice if we could get away by 10-10:30 am on the Friday & travel to Daylesford for lunch then head for the old mining town of Yandoit. This town is a little gem just off the main Road. It was in this District that my grandmother Nee Milne’s family migrated from Aberdeen in Scotland, her Grandmother was born there on the 13th of April 1868. They migrated as miners & that is where the mining link came into my family. We will head for Maryborough via Newstead & Carisbrook. We will settle in at the caravan park maybe go for a little ride around town. There is a nice bike trail that goes off road to Carisbrook we could do this before having dinner at the Historic Railway Station Friday night.
We will be riding to Avoca from Maryborough via Alma & Lower Homebush we will have a look at the magnificent old school there, then onto Avoca for a tour around town (perhaps after lunch – we have 6 ks to the Blue Pyrenees Vineyard for tasting & lunch). There’s the option for a car shuttle back to Maryborough & the hardier riders ride 24 km via the Pyrenees Highway.
We will be riding to Clunes via Daisy Hill, Talbot and Dunach. I will take the riders on a tour around the old mines at Clunes we will have lunch here. Then pack up & head for home via Creswick.
Everyone who has participated in any of Allan’s cycling events knows that they are always well planned. Allan always tailors rides to a variety of abilities and, of course, non-cycling partners and family are most welcome (the goldfields have a wealth of tourist activities, natural beauty and history).