Saturday, March 26, 2016

Around Every Bend, There's a New Discovery

Around every bend there's a new discovery.
After living in Bayside Mentone for over thirty years, thing become same, same. Living here in Victoria's Central Highlands, every drive, every bike ride hits you with new discoveries. 

Only last Wednesday I dropped off the car for some minor work. Our nearest Citroen specialist is 40 kms away so I normally put the bike in the car and ride home. On this occasion I decided to take an alternative road and discovered an oasis in the parched land of the Castlemaine/Chewton district. I decided that I wanted to show Sue some of the delightful scenes that I discover on my morning bike rides so this Friday afternoon I retraced my ride in the car. She was quite astounded by what see saw and sat on a raise piece of granite taking in the peacefulness of the lake, the ducks, the people in kayaks and also chatting with the passing walkers. Yes, people stop for a chat in the country unlike city people who are in a rush to somewhere else. (We were them until recently)

The Expedition Reservoir was formed during the 1860s to supply water to the Forest Creek water wheel battery used to crush the quartz about 10 kms further down the gully. The name came from the Scottish Explorer's expedition through the area. Major Thomas Mitchell's discovery of the area as you can see from the map below takes in the town we currently live, Kyneton. Mt Macedon nearby which he named and the area of Castlemaine/Chewton.

When we were at the reservoir some local cyclists informed us of a quartz crushing battery and how to get there - we took the road, a corrugated gravel path that took us deep into the rocky, desolate forest of the past gold fields of the 1850s to discover the ruins of the structure you see below.
The water wheel was supposedly the largest in the state with a diameter of 72 feet.

I'll try to get more of our discoveries on the Blog but for the time being, we seemed to be just absorbing the drives that bring a new discovery around every bend.


  1. Interesting post and yes I agree there are so many things to see in the country. I always said that you see so much more on a bike than in a car. The last month I have taken to walking though, too cold and windy for the bike (or it is for us fair weather riders)! I am now seeing things that I never saw on a bike as I am taking tracks that the road bike would not dream of going near!!! I hated my mountain bike and would never go back to one again so walking suddenly has become of great interest to me.

    I am amazed how many walks I have found, and so far, apart from a short distance maybe between tracks or roads I have not been on the same walk twice. A whole new world has opened up to me in France. Of course during the hunting season I am going to have to think twice where I walk to!!!!!!

    Take care and love to you both. Diane xx

    1. From the car to a bike to shoe rubber - it gets better with each graduation offering more insights to our surroundings. I agree Diane


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