Over the High Country

Newly self-unemployed, this is what I had been waiting for. The freedom to take time out, to explore new places, to get muddy, dirty, sweaty, tired. During my last week of night shift (deliciously quiet), I plotted out a potential route, linking dirt roads, firetrails, hiking tracks wand unavoidable bitumen from Wangaratta to Moe, over the Victorian high country. I drew inspiration from the the route of the Hunt 1000 and spent hours poring over paper maps, satellite imagery and blog posts. My rough plan was to cycle from Wangaratta to Mt Beauty via Yakandadah, to Falls Creek then over the alpine crossing to Mt Hotham, down to Dargo and across to Tali Karng and Licola, eventually emerging fro