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Setting the Scene

Kevtoberfest Road Trip #1

When Mr ET aka Glen began his Prep Year at school in 1963, he met Kevin. Glen and Kevin had a lot in common: they both had seven sisters and one younger brother, they lived not far from each other and they were fervent supporters of Essendon Football Club. It wasn’t long before they were best friends. When they grew older, the boys spent their weekends and holidays exploring far and wide on their bikes, only returning home at the end of the day for dinner.

Glen and Kevin at a family wedding, 1975

As adults, Glen and Kevin developed a mutual passion for beer. For many years, they’ve made their own home brews and they enjoy visiting craft breweries in Australia and overseas. In 2011, we holidayed with Kevin and his wife Mary Lou in Munich for a week, where we spent much of our time at the Hofbrauhaus and other beer-related establishments. Even though they live in different states, Glen and Kevin are often in touch and regularly discuss their latest home brewing experiments.

Hofbrauhaus, 2011

P&O Cruise, 2016

It’s not always about the beer – strudel and coffee in Munich, 2011

When Kevin announced his plans for a beer-themed party to celebrate his 60th birthday in October this year, it was a given we would be there. This wasn’t to be a one night event; it would start on Friday night and continue all weekend, before finishing up on Sunday afternoon. It would incorporate the telecast of the Australian Rules Football League (AFL) Grand Final on Saturday afternoon and a fancy dress party on Saturday night – Kevtoberfest was born!

Instead of a quick fly/drive journey, we decided to do a three week caravan trek to Kevin’s home near Bairnsdale in Victoria. The return journey of 3,500 kilometres would cover inland and coastal regions of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. It wasn’t by coincidence that the route Glen planned included several towns with craft breweries and, knowing my love of quilting and crochet, he made sure to include some craft shops as well. The itinerary was a winner for both of us!

To be continued…

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Road Trip #3 Country Roads

According to The Encyclopedia of the Nations, in 1996 Australia had 913,000 kilometres (567,338 miles) of roads. Of these, only 353,331 kilometres (219,559 miles) were paved. The rest were rural roads; gravel or dirt tracks connecting bush towns and farms, city to country.

Off the beaten track between Dorrigo and Coffs Harbour, NSW

Off the beaten track between Dorrigo and Coffs Harbour, NSW

Arumpo Road, on the way to Lake Mungo National Park, southwest NSW

Arumpo Road, on the way to Lake Mungo National Park, southwest NSW

Road to The Wall, Kroombit Tops National Park

Road to The Wall, Kroombit Tops National Park, central QLD

The Lyell Highway, through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park

The Lyell Highway, through the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park, Tasmania

The main street of Terang, western district, Victoria.

The main street of Terang, western district, Victoria.

Listen to the bellbirds on this isolated bush track near Tenterfield, New South Wales.

The pace is slower. The country scenery is superb. Enjoy the serenity.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Nostalgic

Take a journey back in time at the Pioneer Settlement in Swan Hill, and discover what life was like on the banks of the Murray River in the past. Visit a pioneer cottage from 1850, ride in a vintage car, or sail up the river in the Paddle Steamer Pyap just as travellers did in 1896. You might even find something in the General Store that’s just like the one Grandma used to have!