Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Murray River Road, VIC.
Of the many great rides I enjoyed in Victoria on recent my moto-gp tour, this one certainly stood out.
I had faint memories of this road in my mind before riding it. I remember this road from when I was very young on holiday with my parents, caravan in tow. The water level is much lower than I recall and no doubt like alot of Australia's water ways is suffering from a lack of rain, however the road seems almost unchanged.
I rode it from the Hume weir near Albury over to Corryong. After crossing the Murray you will ride along the side of the Lake Hume and enjoy a well surveyed road with good surface that bends to and fro following the contours of the lake.
The road retains its old style roadside posts and has a real charm to it I cant exactly explain. I hardly saw a car the whole trip, and totally enjoyed that as I do on similar low traffic roads. After the lake ends you follow the river in a scenic valley before reaching Walwa and first fuel, however you can easy reach Corryong if you fuel back near the weir (fuel opposite military barracks). Walwa makes a nice stop anyway, friendly folk in the shop with reasonable coffee.
Continue along the river valley and indeed you are right beside the state border all the way formed by the Murray river here to Corryong which is a nice country town that is well serviced. The lookout above the town is not too bad and they have a brand new hot jet wash which may be tempting if you have been on the road for a few days and can't see your motorcycle for dead bugs.