3 November 2009 - Marriage Lines
Great Alpine Road)
G'day. We left quiet little Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula, heading east along Victoria's south coast before turning northwards to join 'The Great Alpine Road' at Bairnsdale. Lunch at Sale and afternoon teas at Omeo. The cafe at Omeo looked as if it was well used by bikers as there were plenty of them around, and pictures of Harley Davidsons on the wall. The owner looked the part too with tattoos up and down each arm, earrings, shaved head and beard. As we left I took a photo of the cafe's name, carefully painted on the roof - Twinkles!
At Omeo we turned off the main road to take a smaller road Adrian had chosen through the mountains to Mount Beauty, our overnight stop. The road twisted higher and higher with spectacular views to the valleys below, past Anglers Rest and up to the point where we expected to join the high mountain road to Mount Beauty. However that's as far as we got for a sign across the road said "Road Closed at Trap Yard Gap".
This presented us with a dilemma. The day was drawing on and it would soon be dusk. If we returned the way we'd come it would be too late to get to our booking at Mount Beauty. However we had no choice and reluctantly turned around and drove back to Anglers Rest. There we found help at The Blue Duck Inn for, although they were full so couldn't put us up for the night, they did let us use their phone to contact The Golden Age hotel in Omeo where we were able to book three beds. Relieved we then ate a hearty dinner in The Blue Duck, by a log fire, before driving back to Omeo. On the way we spotted a Wombat in the headlights trundling towards us at the side of the road. As fast as we reversed it speeded up and was soon away in the night.
P (the Pom)