Mid-Week Run to the Butchers Pub Cafe, Bunyip – Thursday 12th April

We don’t get on many mid-week runs due to other activities, but the thought of not getting out on one of them for the next few months prompted Carol and I to swap priorities and take the MX5 out for the day.

About eight vehicles and 18 members met at The Stump Tearooms in Darnum for the apparent regular cuppa before John called us all together for a briefing and hand out printed route sheets to ensure we all arrived at the nominated lunch venue- The Lower Hotel in Bunyip also known as the Butchers Pub ( ????? I must find out the reason for 2 names).

These runs like all other GSCCR outings are assured of pleasant scenery and nice twisty roads spoilt only by the poor-quality roads, so with warnings about some of these spots John and Jan led us at a nice leisurely pace south to Hazeldean Rd where we turned right, then left at Warragul-Korumburra Rd till we reached Teetora Rd. We turned right onto Lardners Track which has been resealed since we were last on it, then left into Torwood -Topiram Rd which is renowned for very nice bends spoilt only by a sharp bump at the start of some new asphalt. I cannot understand why our shire engineers accept these terrible jobs. We turned left onto Main South Rd then right onto Timms Rd and then right at Poowong Rd (strangely called Drouin Korumburra Rd?). At Invermay Rd we turned left and regrouped while John checked to make sure the underside of his MX5 was still in roadworthy condition after scraping a raised portion of the bitumen back near the Lang Lang River.

At Westernport Rd we turned north back towards Drouin and turned left at Costers Rd (more rough sections) then right at Longwarry-Modella Rd travelling north again to Longwarry and along the main rd to Bunyip where two more members met us, and we were treated to a very nice lunch selection. Suffice to say most of us did not need much dinner that night as even the seniors meals were substantial especially for those of us who enjoyed the additional sweets for only $2.

Many thanks to John and Jan for arranging these regular mid week runs and we must make an effort to participate in more of them.

Words by Ian Mallows, photos by John Fowler

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