I quite enjoy longer days on the bike, not quite at the Iron Butt level though.. Lately I'd been contemplating an attempt on the Mitta Mitta 1000, as started by Wheres me Boike. I'd chosen a different route, and it came in at only 896km's, hence this can only be called an attempt. https://goo.gl/maps/gU2mXUBMa1C2 This route was chosen as it's a nice loop from my place, I had a contingency to add in a detour to make the 1000km, however a few things conspired against me to make the start difficult. I'd had in mind a nice early start time of 5am, as I wanted to be home in time for dinner. A sleepless night with two young kids was the first hurdle. The second being after I finally got up, kids sorted and made my way to the servo, it was around 7am. Not too bad, but then as I went to pay for fuel, no wallet! Ring the wife, who thankfully ran it and my phone down to me, but by this time it was 7:39am. Not a lot of route planning went into this, I had in mind the rough route I wanted to take, so I just entered each destination into my GPS as I went and let it choose the way. The first destination was Mansfield, where I entered in Whitfield on the GPS from there, as I'd wanted to do the Whitfield-Tolmie rd for some time. A great road, but lots of leaf litter meant it was taken pretty easy through there. From Whitfield it was on to Beechworth for a fuel stop, fuel light was well on when I pulled in at roughly 350km on the ODO, it took 16 litres of 18lt tank. From there it was on towards Mitta Mitta. I pulled up a lookout over the valley for a quick snack and drink break and to take my thermal off as it was warming up. From here onto Mitta Mitta, loads of other bikes at the pub, must have just come through as not a lot of bike traffic on the actual road. A couple of nufties using both sides of the road, had to take evasive action for one wanker to avoid a head on. Other than this it was an uneventful run. The road from Mitta Mitta to Omeo should be on everyones must do list, it's got to be one of the best in the country! Next stop was at the Blue Duck camp ground for a rest and a coffee. Having wasted so much time early in the morning, I was keeping the breaks short. From this rest stop it was on towards Omeo, then Bairnsdale for the next fuel stop. Pulled in with about 325km on the ODO, it took 15 litres this time. I was amazed after the run through that fuel usage was remaining pretty good, as most of the Mitta Mitta rd was done in 2nd - 3rd gear with odd sections getting unto 4th.. Pretty boring run home from Bairnsdale, road works in a few sections made it a slower trip, but actually made it home by 6:30pm. So, all up 896km done in 11hours for an OA of about 82km.