There is great fun in getting a group of other riders together for a road trip. It's the buzz of riding in a group and of discussing the trip each night over a beer. The next day, marshal the group and do it all again. But the other side of touring can be the joy of solitude, when friends, family or work has been demanding of your time it is nice to be on your own. You and your bike, beholding to no-one, master of your own destiny, it can be incredibly healing to your mind. I have just completed such a journey. The intention was to scout the newly sealed Omeo to Mitta Mitta run (C543), I had done this route many years previously when it was unsealed. That decision was forced on us because the Bogong High Plains rd had been closed due to a late snow fall. That trip had been hard, the road soft and muddy in spots, the bike loaded up with full camping gear so heavy and unresponsive. But I remembered the route being spectacular in scenery and with some interesting twists and turns. Time to see if the sealed version lived up to my memories. Day 1: Weather; not so good with scattered showers predicted. Having intended to camp I quickly piked and thought a nice warn hotel bed and shower would be more comfortable. Bike loaded up, fueled up, tyres pumped, rider pumped. of we go. An easy start, running over through Christmas Hills, Yarra Junction, Healesville. A few showers but in general Ok. Then the start of the trip proper, Noojee and Willow Grove. The Motorcycle weather juju deserted me and down the rain came. Oh well, buck up, I am dry keep going. Gradually though as happens damp spots started to be felt in uncomfortable spots. Colder and colder, look at the ambient temperature gauge, 4 degrees, I didn't need to know that. Damn you technology! Near Noojee Then Heyfield and Maffra is that a break in the weather, Bruthen and on to the GAR heading for Omeo. Glory of glory the sun break through and clouds part in an almost biblical manner. Sweetness and light as I settle in to the cornering mindset. There's a good spot for a picture, too late, oh well next spot, no that one I'd have to stop on this beautiful corner, next one then. STOP, I need some shots for my wallpaper at work for those times I am feeling trapped and yearning for the open road. Close to Swifts Creek Before Omeo Settle in and enjoy the rest of the trip to Omeo. Then the Golden Age Hotel hauls into view. Soft beds, cold beer and a balcony to sit on an watch the passing parade that is Omeo. I could go further but the siren call of a cold beer draws me in. Beer, Food and bed.