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MELBOURNE CUP DAY CAPER AT KALUNA ISLAND

Twenty starters formed at the Merriwa Park starting gates for this year’s event. Track dry and fast. Weather warm. There were two late scratchings, both bolters, so there would be no pace on early. Onto Kaluna Island, and the field was already strung out; all gathered to admire the huge red gums that dominated this…

Upper Murray weekend : October 25-27

This very enjoyable weekend started off with base camp being set up at the Tallangatta caravan park on Friday afternoon. After some enjoyable yarning on a balmy evening, we headed to the tents, ready for a leisurely start on the High Country Rail Trail the next morning. There was a quick foray to the town…

Stringybark Creek, Toombullup State Forest : October 12

We had a wet start to a fine day with 17 participants on this walk, led by local identity Adrian who has a passion for history and, thankfully for our group, likes to share it with us. After meeting Adrian outside the Greta Cemetery, we had a quick look at the Kelly graves before heading…

Weone mine site, Stanley Forest : September 29

On a fantastic day of sunshine, with a chilly breeze at times, 17 walkers, including two casuals from Wodonga, joined this walk of about 11k. We started at the intersection of Buckland Gap Road and Lady Newton Drive, and after a few hill climbs, we were rewarded with fantastic views from the lookout, where we…

Indigo Shire – week of walks

Indigo Shire has organised a Festival of Short Walks for the week of 14th – 20th October 2019, covering • BEECHWORTH • CHILTERN • RUTHERGLEN • YACKANDANDAH • See the link below for further information

Friends Loop etc : September 24

Twenty happy walkers (including four staff members from the Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre) set out from Wenhams Camp for this nice, moderate rated, adventure of about 12km. The weather was sunny, with some increasing cloud cover, the max temp being about 15C. We walked north from Wenhams picnic area, where we took a mountain bike…

MELBOURNE CUP DAY CAPER AT KALUNA ISLAND

Twenty starters formed at the Merriwa Park starting gates for this year’s event. Track dry and fast. Weather warm.

There were two late scratchings, both bolters, so there would be no pace on early.

Onto Kaluna Island, and the field was already strung out; all gathered to admire the huge red gums that dominated this part of the course.

Cockies screeched their support as the field passed, and two year old Mitchell, in the care of grandparents Kerry and Paul, gave the field its youngest average age for years!

The field swung by Major Mitchell’s tree, and paused near Yogi for sustenance.

Still there was no pace, and the race belonged to anybody. But the clatter of natter and happy chatter could be heard constantly.

On the home straight into Merriwa, Geoff showed us a clean pair of heels.

Time for the judging of Fashions On The Hats. Pat, as usual, was a stunning performer.

Judy was dashing in black trim; Jeanette added a certain outdoorsy theme, and Rod’s hat lacked the sophistication of the others.

Colin was the steward, with a win to Judy. She accepted the prize.

Special note should be made of Andy’s hat – while it lacked some preparation, the presentation was creative.

Food eaten, horses drawn and cup cakes baked by Karen and Jeanette allocated, we were ready and waiting, we turned the radio on.

There was a buzz, then a hush. They were off. Horses in the call were cheered, jeered and cajoled.

Our winner was Peter Brain, who undertook to take the winner’s cup home for the second year (Anne won it last year).

More importantly, he promised champagne, at his expense for next year’s event.

Another cheerful, happy event for the Warby Walkers. Our smiles were good enough to stop a nation.

Upper Murray weekend : October 25-27

This very enjoyable weekend started off with base camp being set up at the Tallangatta caravan park on Friday afternoon. After some enjoyable yarning on a balmy evening, we headed to the tents, ready for a leisurely start on the High Country Rail Trail the next morning. There was a quick foray to the town…

Stringybark Creek, Toombullup State Forest : October 12

We had a wet start to a fine day with 17 participants on this walk, led by local identity Adrian who has a passion for history and, thankfully for our group, likes to share it with us. After meeting Adrian outside the Greta Cemetery, we had a quick look at the Kelly graves before heading…

Weone mine site, Stanley Forest : September 29

On a fantastic day of sunshine, with a chilly breeze at times, 17 walkers, including two casuals from Wodonga, joined this walk of about 11k. We started at the intersection of Buckland Gap Road and Lady Newton Drive, and after a few hill climbs, we were rewarded with fantastic views from the lookout, where we…

Indigo Shire – week of walks

Indigo Shire has organised a Festival of Short Walks for the week of 14th – 20th October 2019, covering • BEECHWORTH • CHILTERN • RUTHERGLEN • YACKANDANDAH • See the link below for further information

Friends Loop etc : September 24

Twenty happy walkers (including four staff members from the Wangaratta Visitor Information Centre) set out from Wenhams Camp for this nice, moderate rated, adventure of about 12km. The weather was sunny, with some increasing cloud cover, the max temp being about 15C. We walked north from Wenhams picnic area, where we took a mountain bike…