Another “C” Road Trip – Korumburra to Walhalla.

This was a trip suggested by my good friend Rebecca.  165 km / 3h 40min according to Google Maps.

The C425 from Korumburra to Warragul.
This was actually the best part of the ride.  Nice roads with some moderate bends, not that many other motorcyclists on the roads, a bit windy at times.

The C425 from Warragul to Noojee
Noojee Trestle BridgeMore bikes.  Boring-ish road.  Best part of the ride was visiting the Noojee Trestle Bridge.  The bridge was rebuilt in 1939 following the Black Friday Bush Fires.  Bec tells me that public toilets at Neerim South are probably the best ones on the ride.

The C426 from Noojee to the South Face Road.
South Face Road or Mt Baw BawWinding.  On a sports bike it would be a hoot.  On a oversized super moto, less so.  But I still had fun ripping though the corners.  I remember getting to Tanjil Bend and thinking “Shit!  I’m lost.”  A check of the map and away I went.  Parts of this road would be very slippery in the wet, with all the leaf matter and all.  Most dangerous part of the trip was clueless riders using the whole road to corner.
You’ll eventually get to the Mt Baw Baw turnoff.  Not being a snow bunny, I continued onto the South Face Road.

The South Face Road
South Face Road - Rawson end26kms of unsealed winding road, with a bike running road tires and road tire pressures, what could possibly go wrong?!?  As it turns out, nothing.  But I wish I noticed on the map that it was dirt before I got to it.  As far as dirt roads go, it was smooth, and I wouldn’t want to go speeding into the bends.  My average speed was amount 50 km/h.  At the end of the South Face Road, I turned left towards the Thomson Dam.

Thomson Dam via C466
Thomson DamWhy???  Well it’s Victoria’s largest water reservoir, and I’ve never seen it.  It’s about a 20km ride up there.  Saw a speed camera car parked on the side of the road, which was a surprise.

South Face Road to Walhalla (C466 to C461)
The township of Rawson is a pleasant little place to stop and have a look around.  The road from Rawson to Walhalla becomes narrow in sections, slippery, and occasionally there is roadkill.  Nothing like a dead wombat to make you change your line, mid-corner.

Very much the tourist town, you could spend the day walking around looking at things.  The Long Tunnel Mine is worth a look if you’ve never been in a mine before.

Google maps link to the route here

Travelling the “C” Road

HeathcoteIn Victoria, we have several classifications of roads, the “C” classification being the lowest grade of the classified roads.

C’ roads are generally two lane sealed roads with shoulders. ‘C’ roads provide important links between population centres and between these centres and the primary transport network. An example of a ‘C’ road is the Geelong-Portarlington Road (C123).

The good thing about “C” routes is that they really are the road less travelled.  Not much traffic, not many police and you get to see things you otherwise would miss.

Such as riding over a crest on the Burke & Wills Track near Mia Mia, and having a kangaroo bound down the road in front of you.  Skippy was bouncing along at 25 km/h, before he decided to bound into the bush.

The other thing, you get to drop in to shops which have the “Best Shop Award” for the last 5 years running.  The cynic would wonder how so many bakeries/restaurants in the same region, can win so many different prizes?  Made up awards???  Surely not!

My two recent “C” road trips were as follows:
Melbourne –> Echuca (M2 C743 C325 B75 C347 C362 C351)
Melbourne –> Maffra (C101 M1 C426 C486 C103 C105)

(with thanks to Smee for suggesting the Echuca Route)

The things you see – wipe-on sex appeal …

Airport men’s toilets are interesting places.  You get to see and be offered all sorts of products, from “glow in the dark” condoms to toothbrushes.  The shaving kits you used to get are long gone.  Airport security folks must be afraid that a passenger is going to look clean before getting on a flight.

As if that would happen in these days of cheap flights.

The glow in the dark condoms would be useful though in an aviation incident.  As a “glow in the dark” balloon.  Just follow the bouncing ball boys and girls …

Wipe-on sex appeal.  Saw these on offer for $2 and I immediately thought, Sex appeal

“Ah, another way to separate the gullible from their money”

So in the interests of you dear reader, I purchased a sample.  No, it’s not Spanish Fly, even though the box claims it’s a “Pheromone – Product of Mexico”.    The “David Ross – Eau De Cologne” does contain:

David Ross With that mixture of “”chemicals””, there ain’t no way I’m going to be trying it.

Some of the nPing functionally is built into the Notes Client, but not much.

In February 2008, I wrote all about a Lotus Notes diagnostics utility called nPing.  It’s no more.  Go to the web link I provided then and you’ll see this message:


Thanks for almost nothing IBM.

You can find SOME of the nPing functionally in the Lotus Notes 8.5.x client, but not much.  Under the Files / Preferences / Notes Port menu option, there is a “Trace” button.

This is what it returns:
Lotus Notes Trace results

Or to dump it out in raw text:

Determining path to server xXXXAPPS02/Server/YYY
Available Ports:  TCPIP LAN0
Checking normal priority connection documents only...
Allowing wild card connection documents...
Enabling name service requests and probes...
Requesting address of xXXXAPPS02/Server/YYY from G0123/Server/NODDY1 on TCPIP
  Using address '' for G0123/Server/NODDY1 on TCPIP
G0123/Server/NODDY1 has no address for xXXXAPPS02/Server/YYY on TCPIP
Requesting address of xXXXAPPS02/Server/YYY from G0123/Server/NODDY1 on LAN0
  Using address 'G0123' for G0123/Server/NODDY1 on LAN0
Unable to connect to G0123/Server/NODDY1: The server is not responding. The server may be down or you may be experiencing network problems. Contact your system administrator if this problem persists.
Checking for xXXXAPPS02/Server/YYY on TCPIP using address 'xXXXAPPS02'
Connected to server xXXXAPPS02/Server/YYY
Attempting Authenticated Connection
Determining path to server xXXXAPPS02/Server/YYY
Available Ports:  TCPIP LAN0
Checking normal priority connection documents only...
Allowing wild card connection documents...
Checking for xXXXAPPS02/Server/YYY at last known address 'xXXXAPPS02' on TCPIP...
    Using address '' for xXXXAPPS02/Server/YYY on TCPIP
Connected to server xXXXAPPS02/Server/YYY
Connecting to xXXXAPPS02/Server/YYY over TCPIP
  Using address '' for xXXXAPPS02/Server/YYY on TCPIP
Connected to server xXXXAPPS02/Server/YYY
Compression is Disabled
Encryption is Disabled

Being short $10 dollars

australian currency notes collage Sometimes, peoples’ lack of maths skills amaze me.

I was at the airport the other night, buying some stuff.

Total cost $41.35.

Gave the old bloke $60 (3 x $20).

I received $28.65 change, a “bonus” of $10.

Spent the next five minutes arguing with the old bloke, that he was short-changing himself $10.

Now some people might say “… serves him right, keep the extra $10.”

But the thought of the poor bloke having to make up cash from his wage stopped me doing that.

“Yes, the plane can be two hours late, but you still have to check in on time …”

tigerairways_inline Travelled on Tiger Airways recently, and the service wasn’t too bad.

Sure, Terminal 4 at Tullamarine Airport is a converted shed, and the baggage pickup area IS A shed, but you do expect that for such cheap fares, eh?

The downside is that Tiger fly Airbus A320* aircraft.

I don’t like them.  They make strange sounds.  They tend to crash.

From a 2001 news article:

The French have also blamed the pilots in every major fatal crash of the Airbus aircraft, built by a four-nation consortium whose headquarters are at Toulouse in France. In one of the crashes, the aircraft was being flown by the most senior aviator in his field: Airbus’s chief test pilot, the Englishman Nick Warner.

As with Concorde, the Airbus is fly-by-wire, which means that computers act as intermediaries between the pilots and the flying controls. Unlike Boeing’s “fly-by-wire” systems, which give pilots the ultimate control of the aircraft’s operations, the Airbus designers have a view that planes can be made safer if, in certain circumstances, software imposes “hard limits” on what the pilots can and cannot do.

One thing to note.

When Tiger Airlines say that “Check-in desks close strictly 45 minutes before scheduled departure time.”, you should believe them.  Even if the aircraft is 2 hours late, and is the last flight of the night.

* – macabrely known as the “John Wayne” aircraft.  It climbs mountains, knocks down trees & kills Indians.

“Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity, or neglect.”

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10 Tech Things I pack when I travel.

Remove Before Flight tag

  1. Power board and travel power plug adapter.
  2. Laptop power supply supply.
    With all my devices being chargeable via USB cable, I don’t need to pack separate phone/PDA/headset chargers.
  3. PDA & BlackBerry.
  4. Plenty of Audio Books.
    For something to listen  to when I can’t do anything else.
  5. USB memory sticks.
    For transferring data between PC’s.  Ensure they are on lanyards.
  6. Portable hard drive for backups.
  7. Boot recovery CDs.
  8. Torch.
  9. Tape.
  10. Leatherman Tool.

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