October cycle tour map

October cycle tour map


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Rupanyup to Minyip via Murtoa

Rupanyup to Minyip via Murtoa = 42km
Cummulative total = 242km / 19,148km
Morning temperature = 16 degrees, daytime high = 34 degrees
Minyip caravan park = $10 (similar to Rupanyup)
It is absolutely blowing a gale here at the moment!  The wind blew most of the night so the temperature remained high.  I slept quite well last night but Neil said that he had trouble sleeping, apparently there were some late night arrivers who decided to become serenaders and kept poor Neil awake.  They played their guitar and a little singing and Neil said it was quite nice music!  I must admit I do remember waking up and hearing music and then falling back asleep.  We do know that there is a festival on at Warracknabeal this week for busking and they have quite a few contestants so maybe that is where they are heading.
We left a little late this morning as we slept in, so it was well after 9am before we left.  We rode west along the Wimmera highway to Murtoa for 2 reasons - 1. to see the stick shed and if we could have a look in and 2. to pick up some food as we weren't sure if Minyip had a grocer.  Riding along the quiet highway with a very strong cross wind and on my left I can see the Grampians ...
 I did see them yesterday in the distance but it was too hazy to take a photo ... it was a little clearer this morning. 
The Stick shed is famous in Murtoa and is an old grain storage shed and in the inside it has a series of wood sticks holding it up.  It is heritage listed and it is situated in amongst where the store the seasons grains.  It is on the west side of town ...
I don't know why we even contemplated going in to see if we could look in as it is heritage listed and they are very protective of it and say that it is unsafe.  The guy at the grain corp said that we can't go in and even they can't go in.  He said they do have open days throughout the year.  It is a pity as this is a very good tourist draw card for the town of Murtoa.  Even if they opened the door and we just looked in would be enough for most people but alas the historical (knicknamed hysterical) society says no!  This is the building in 2 halves ...

After picking up some expensive food at the local IGA we headed straight north and into a very strong headwind - around 30km plus per hour so the going was very slow.  After about 12km the road swings to a north east direction and it is at this point there is an intersection where a road diverts to Warracknabeal.  Now we are coming up to this intersection and we have right of way but there is a car turning right into the road going to Warracknabeal and she decides that she doesn't want to wait for us as we cross the big intersection at a misely 10km per hour so she cuts in first which is fine with us as she doesn't interfere with us and is on the other side of the road as she enters the Warracknabeal road but she wasn't paying attention when she got to the intersection and was too busy watching us that she neglected to see the person in a card coming from Warracknabeal and entering behind us!  We didn't hear a beep and honking of the horns due to the strong winds making too much noise in our ears.  But we assumed that the car coming from Warracknabeal had seen what she was going to do and stopped - Neil said they did stop for the woman as he was a little further back. 
Anyway the going is getting really tough so we plow on and the road keeps swinging east so the wind moves from infront to the side and is now blowing us out onto the road - fortunately it wasn't a busy road, the road keeps turning east and eventually the wind is almost behind us so we are able to pick up the pace a bit.
We arrive in Minyip around 1.30pm completely buggered and lucky for us there is a small IGA store so we go to the camp ground which is very informal and a bit like Rupanyup and is a community run rest area.  It has a shower and toilets, power points on the buildings and plenty of areas to set up a tent.  By now the wind is really blowing and we decide to seek shelter close to the buildings but unfortunately it is nothing but Lilydale topping that has been compacted and Neil is dead keen to set up close to the building which gives us a little shelter from the wind, after cursing as he is banging in the tent pegs etc he finally manages to put it up, me I give up after the first peg and say lets just set up out in the open as the wind will die down later on this evening, but no Neil continues!  Here is the end result ...
 and looking out towards the bbq where kouta is currently sleeping ...
as you can see not the greatest but good enough for us and cheap with power at $10 per night.  We think we will be the only ones here tonight.
Now let me tell you something about Minyip ... but first I forgot to remind you last night that Rupanyup is famous as this is the place they filmed the Australian series 'flying doctors' now last time we came through Rupanyup and I found out about this I was gutted as I genuinely believed they did it all in the outback out at Broken Hill.  Well do you remember in the series the town of Coopers Crossing?  well that is this place ... Minyip (why they changed the name I don't know!)  I am still a little disappointed in the series now (I know I need to 'get over it' but I can't!) as I remember watching it and think yup I would like to go to that place Broken Hill, and really it is virtually just a suburb out of Melbourne! .... okay a slight exaggeration there.  But really the Royal Flying Doctor service isn't even in this area as it is too close to big hospitals and quicker by car!
When we got here Neil felt like some icecream so we got a 2 litre tub of vanilla and it was yummy so I am not sure if we need to have a big dinner.
Tomorrow we are going north west to Warracknabeal and then onto Brim which has a camp spot a bit like this.

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