We were to meet at 7.30 am and ride as a group to Flinders (a distance of 80 kms) situated on Westernport Bay opposite Port Phillip Bay. It was not to be as at 6.30 am I could hear rain hitting the skylight.
Plan B - drive to Flinders in the early afternoon and meet up with friends to start the socialising part of the weekend.
|Matthew Flinders - From whom the township took its name.|
The above picture comes from a free ebook on the life of Matthew Flinders
Its a little ironic that Matthew Flinders earlier ancestors in fact were Flemish.
|Vineyards now cover much of Mornington Peninsula and the vines produce some lovely crisp dry whites and soft Reds these days.|
|As far as the eye can see is a blanket of vines - it reminds me of Chablis or Napa Valley.|
The town was named by George Bass after his friend, the explorer and British naval officer Captain Matthew Flinders. Settlement commenced in 1854 and many pioneers and settlers are buried at the Flinders cemetery. Flinders Post Office opened on 7 March 1863 as the population grew.
|The original Flinders Hotel was built in the 1890s as a large|
double-storey wooden building that could house 100 guests.
|Across the road was this beautifully manicured hedge of contrasting greens.|
By this time the heavens really opened up and the whole area was covered in low lying mist.
|Even the ducks had gone into hiding from this pond just down from the hedge.|
|On arrival in Flinders we stopped at this totally deserted Cafe in search of a Devonshire Tea.|
And still the rain fell.
|A lone couple walk back along the jetty to shore.|
|Flinders sits within a small cove within Westernport Bay.|