With my role as a CFA volunteer firefighter I was requested to go to Kinglake West on Sunday evening and returning on Monday morning. Instead of the usual gig where we get bussed into a staging area just out of the fire and then hop onto the trucks, I was asked to provide my own transport to Kinglake West fire station. Without much hesitation I chose to take my bike instead of the car thinking that this may provide a good opportunity to ride some of the roads in the area we all love. The route I took is http://tinyurl.com/dy4x9y Point A is where I entered the roadblock, up to there is still accessable to the general public, after there is only accessable to local residents and the emergency services. I took this route as opposed to a more technically interesting road because I'd been advised this road was clear of any trees etc. Point B is Kinglake West Fire station, my destination for the night. Whilst there I spoke to some of the locals who advised that Heidelberg Kinglake road was clear, so I chose to take that route home (what rider in their right mind would pass up the opportunity to ride it). The road surface has been cleared of all obsticles and has very little leaf litter. It has also been resealed in sections. I had the perfect conditions to give it a good squirt, good road conditions, low traffic and beautiful weather. The idea of a lovely flowing ride however went out the window quickly. The views and scenery around me quickly became the focus. Those of you have ridden it will know the fantastic road that is the Heidable Kinglake Rd. It's cut into the mountain and has a drop of the side of road down into the gully. I've always found this a beautiful area to look at. Monday morning the winds were nonexistant so the smoke hung within the valley, combine this with the black tree trunks with not a single twig or leaf on them and it made for an earie sight. I cannot begin to explain how stunning the scene was. I did not have a camera on me, so I could not take any photo's of the area. However even if I did have a camera I don't believe I would have taken any photo's anyway, as the other traffic on the road was all local residents and I feel it would have been quite insensitive. One thing that came up time and time again when I was talking to the locals, they are not looking forward to when the police roadblocks are remove. They are not mentally ready for the "bushfire tourists" that are bound to turn up. To have hundreds of cars and bikes coming through checking out the devistation that has affected their lives so dramatically will grate on already strained nerves. I guess what I'm trying to say is, if you don't have a reason to be there please give the area a wide bearth for a while and let the locals recover at least somewhat. I know many roads around the area are favourites of many people here, but there are many, many other roads that are equally enjoyable to ride. Besides, with all the "bishfire tourists" that are bound to be going through there, you'd struggle to get a good run on any of the roads.