I thought it was about time to give the Black Spur a go. It has such a reputation that I had to see it. And to make sure my first couple of passes were reasonably slow I took the significant other along as well. She freaks out a bit if I go too fast or throw it around too much. She says it makes her sick Having thrown up once in a helmet myself, I suppose it's not something you would want to experience Anyway we went up the Tulla onto the Western ring road and through Diamond Creek and Kangaroo Flat. Then to Yarra Glen. I went the wrong way and headed North up the Melba highway. Eventually there was a turnoff to Healsville, though it was certainly the long way. I think it was Chum Creek road. Not bad for some parts though. At Healesville I stopped at the Infomation bureau. I think the old lady was trying to prevent me from going to Marysville. She told me someone had died on there today. Not sure if that was true or not. We got coffees and headed out. I must say it has an awesome surface and the forest is amazing. I did get caught behind a line of cars that I eventually got past, but it was annoying. A full speed run would be amazing. There was a busa and a R1 coming the other way at full pelt. Looked fun though the missus wasn't impressed with them :roll: Anyway, some of the run was fun once I got to go at a comfortable speed and throw the bike around. Marysville is cute and once again I consulted with the old ladies at the "I" kiosk. Apparently Lake mountain was open to traffic, so I headed up there. It could be fun, though once again I was stuck behind a car. There is also a lot of bark and leaf litter around and one section seemed very damp and slick. I'm wondering if a big clump of snow is stuck in the dark part of the forest, since it was also very cool in that area. The top of Lake mountain was a bit of a downer, since there aint much there. I did see a wombat run into the bush though. So we headed back down, got a coffee in Marysville, chatted to the coffee shop guy and headed back though the spur. I got caught behind another slow group of cars Anyway i headed straight home after that. The only concern was the oil across one part of the spur. Not sure where it came from, but it seems odd. It is signposted which is good. In total almost exactly 300km. The g/f did enjoy herself. I did too, though it would have been way more fun with a group of bikes and no cars around. Now I have to work out how to get out there when there are no cars. I also need to check out Reefton Spur. A guy at work did say it's a bit crap now though since they resurfaced it and it is covered in gravel or something. Overall I am amazed with some of the places within an easy drive of Melbourne. The Yarra Valley and the region we went through today are just beautiful.