Ten of us on 5 bikes are departing Tamworth on Sunday 21st, to first night at Cootamundra
Monday night at Whycheproof
Tuesday ,,, The Grampians and overnight at Terang
Wednesday ,,,, The GOR, overnight at Torquay
Thursday the ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento, then around the Mornington Peninsula and down to Rhyll.
I've camped at the island before, but after the tsunami of 2005 ,,,, never again.
We rent a house, with warm & dry beds, showers that are HOT, off street secure parking, TV, stereo, laundry with clothes dryer (which is a MUST have) ,,,, fridge for the REALLY important stuff, and a kitchen thats open 24/7, and does NOT sell cardboard burgers, salmonella on a stick, or dishwater coffee.
2 years ago we paid $1,750 ,,,, last year it was $2,500 ,,,, this year FOUR FUCKING GRAND.
We all throw in $40 and do a raid on the IGA at Cowes, which stocks us up on food, then draw up a roster for who cooks what and when.
Same IGA has a liquor dept that gets a mild workout.
Four of us are race meeting officials ,,, so Friday, Saturday & Sunday are 12 hour days at the track.
We get free parking and admission passes for ourselves ,,, plus another of the same for a guest.
We trade those within the house for various "favours"
We also get fed pretty well during the day, with a snack and drinks do each arvo after we finish.
Not to mention getting the "Best seats in the house"
Monday 29th we'll leave late morning to miss the early rush ,,,, up through Koo Wee Rup, Healesville, Yea, Euroa, to overnight at Beechworth.
Tuesday is Yakkandandah, Tallangatta, Granya Gap, Batlow, Tumut, Yass, Goulburn, Taralga to overnight at Oberon.
Wednesday is Bathurst, Rylstone, Bylong Valley, Muswellbrook, then home by mid arvo.
3,900 for the round trip