Day 9 – Wangaratta to Cooma – 437km

Word of the day:  Snow!

With slightly sore heads we left Wangaratta after a hearty breakfast at St Bernard’s School, ready for another big day on the dirt roads and … well, missed the first checkpoint and ended up taking the tar all the way to Albury.  The Bees weren’t alone however as there were at least another dozen or so cars who all swore the checkpoint wasn’t there and followed each other all the way. Luckily Paul from Black Magic came to the rescue and photocopied the route instructions we should have got at the chequepoint (that wasn’t there) and we were all happily back on the dirt on the way to our lunch stop at Walwa.

 

What a lovely town Walwa is – a small town located on the Murray River in North East Victoria. Arriving in Walwa we were greeted by the kids from the local school who made us feel like rock stars asking for our autographs and giving us gifts of pictures they’d drawn.  Beautiful!

 

After lunch it was a challenging drive through the spectacular Great Dividing Range and then through … snow!! Lots and lots and lots of snow! Of course everyone had to get out and have a play in the cold stuff and the Bees were victims of a drive-by snowball attack by the film crew (anything to get on camera!!).

 

Tonight we were entertained by “Hey True Blue” himself, John Williamson who performed a private concert of old classics and new tunes from his new album.  A few night-caps at a local pub to top off the night but a far quieter night than Wangaratta the night before!

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