The totalitarian Stalinist Victorian government lifted some of the Covid restrictions so it was time to go for a longer run, without the fear that the Stasi would intercept me.
I’m a member of findagrave.com where people put in requests for photos of their relatives’ graves. I help out for north-east Victoria, an old gold rush area. I had a request for a photo at the Granya Cemetery, up on the Murray River, the state border with New South Wales.
An hour’s run on the Breva 1100 took me up to the Bethanga Bridge, which crosses Lake Hume near the dam wall. This leads onto the Murray River Road which, I see, is now called the Great River Road (presumably a tourist marketing promotion to leverage off the Great Alpine Road and the Great Ocean Road) and follows the Murray River into the Snowy Mountains.
The beauty is that there is bugger all traffic on this road compared with the other two. I went from Bellbridge to Granya without seeing another vehicle. It’s pleasantly curvy and with a good surface. The Granya Cemetery was easy to locate and so was the headstone. I took some photos to upload to findagrave.com.
I came back via the Granya Gap Road, which has claimed a few motorcyclists over the years. The road was dry, except in a few corners where the sun don’t shine, and in very good condition. Then into Tallangatta for fuel. I could have come back via my preferred route, the Cow Pat Highway (Gundowring Road), so called because of the dairy farms along the route, but I’ve done it a few times recently so went via Tangambalanga and Yackandandah and Carrolls Road. A big black snake was absorbing some heat – a bit late in the season I thought – it was 14C.
Back home, I cleaned the Breva, washing the bugs off with a water spray and micro cloth, then a light spray and wipe with Plexus. This is a plastic cleaner and polish developed for the aviation industry. It can be used on plastic, paint, powder coating, etc, and beats having to wax or polish. It’s not cheap but a can lasts for several years.
The big Guzzi is now 14 years old and looks good as new.