Today was the last Sunday of the month which means our local branch of the Ulysses Club monthly ride was on. Early start today - 9 am at the Green Olive Restaurant in Traralgon for a ride to Metung. Metung is a beautiful little village located right in the middle of the Gippsland Lakes. Now, you can ride there along the highway in just under two hours but of course that is not the point of Ulysses rides which avoid major roads as much as possible. And so we meandered through the Gippsland countryside for our first stop which was coffee at a bakery in Sale. Then on to the back roads from Sale to Bairnsdale via Meerlieu and Bengworden. After a brief interval on the Princes Highway we once again headed for the wilder side via Bruthen and Swan Reach. Lots of dining options in Metung, some (including me) opted for the bakery others chose the very good Metung hotel located right on the water's edge.
After kicking back for an hour or so it was time to head in the direction of home but once again our ride leader showed us many roads I didn't even know existed. We travelled through Lindenow, Briagalong with another afternoon coffee stop in Stratford. From there another hour to get home after a great day out. I particularly enjoyed meeting a number of new members and catching up with others I hadn't seen for a while.
Total Distance 385 km.