We did not bother our friend in Lakes Entrance for breakfast. I was quite enjoying cereal in the van and then a later brunch out. It was so nice to see our friend after quite a while, the last time being in Melbourne when she visited. Anyway, we had to get going early, like 9.00 am and our friend had her community garden friends catchup. We are now to head over the mountains to Bright but weather conspired against us. We stopped off for brunch at Bruthen, and it is a really good cafe. R's extra hot skinny latte was severed at 75 degrees, but it was not hot enough.
Alpine Resorts, Omeo and Wangaratta is the direction we are going. There should be a notice, read this before proceeding with information about the route.
We stopped along the way for breaks. This is the Tambo River.
A high point somewhere along the Great Alpine Highway where we chatted to a bloke taking a break while he was travelling from Canberra to .the area with a spare part for a broken down road maintenance vehicle.
We stopped for lunch at Omeo.
We set off to get to Bright. Omeo is down below.
Wow, I did not expect this. Snow. I have not seen snow for about four decades. I was so excited.
The snow became thicker. Did I see a sign saying wheel chains must be carried at all times? Maybe but I was driving so I could not focus on signs.
R was getting very nervous and so was I. The snow was now a metre deep next to the road. We reached Mount Hotham village and I saw just white in front of us and snow was falling. I called it quits. Aside from slowly and cautiously, I don't know about driving in snow. We headed back down the mountain. Given I bogged the van yesterday, better to not press our luck by skidding off the road. I did not take any photos at where we turned back. I just wanted to get out of the area as the falling snow was getting heavier.
This was shown as a major road to get to the north of Victoria. Who would think there would be snow in October? Not me, and I did not research. What you need to do is call a business who put chains on your wheels as you go up the mountain and then take them off as you go down, for about $35. We would have done that but down on the other side there were floods and roads were cut.
We retreated to Omeo for afternoon tea and checked into the local caravan park and rethought our travel route. The caravan park was just wonderful. There was another campervan there that we saw earlier and had come over the mountain with chains, and a couple of contract road workers in cabins, but otherwise the park was empty.
Caravan park dog Malcolm kept us company. She (sic) was great company. The other van owners there had a cat, which they let out for a wander around. It did not go far and next morning, Malcolm found their van the most interesting to sniff around.
Very good facilities and such a peaceful spot, and I think the cheapest park we stayed in with the nicest jovial host.
Over a dinner of barbequed something, we changed our holiday route, going the opposite direction to what we had planned. Instead of coming down the south coast of NSW, we will go up the south coast of NSW, but it will be a long drive tomorrow. By the time we cover NSW south coast, the floodwaters in northern Victoria should have subsided.