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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Mystery Trip

Today we went on a Mystery Bus Trip organised by Tarneit Skies.

The trip was free, all that we had to pay for was morning tea and lunch.
There was considerable discussion about our destination as we drove out of The Village, including Bendigo, Ballarat and the Mornington Peninsular. It soon became obvious that we were headed north as we travelled north along Derrimut Rd. Margaret and I had planned to investigate the section of Derrimut Rd north of Dohertys Rd and here was our chance.

Our driver was careful to keep our destination secret as long as possible as he travelled along secondary roads that many of us had never seen before. This reminded me of the book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance which involves travel across the US only on secondary roads, as they are far more interesting.

The map below shows the route we took.
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We had morning tea at Woodend - tea or coffee and Scones, Jam and Cream.

At Kyneton we visited Kyneton Fine China which produces fine china pieces that were hand painted. We watched one of the proprietors painting one of the pieces. Every one was impressed with the quality and some of our number bought items.

Lunch was at the Kyneton RSL. We arrived 20 minutes early for pre-dinner drinks and of cause the pokies. Some of our group came out well ahead when they left the gaming room. No names no pack drill.

Most of us chose from the Specials Board, with the Risotto and Fish and Chips particular favourites.

I expected that we would head back home after lunch, but instead we drove west from Kyneton and ended up at the Chocolate Mill, which imports Belgian chocolate and makes chocolates by hand.

We then returned home after a very happy day.

It is great to go on a trip like this, where the driving and navigation are someone else's problem, and where it is possible to have a drink at lunchtime without concern for safely driving home.

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