Easter trip 2019. Ride leader is actually likely to be Matt Signorini.
Meeting place/time: Southern Cross station at 6:30 am for 7:05 train to Euroa. Return journey: many Metro train services from Lillydale to the city.
Day 1 will be from Euroa to Ruffy via mostly quiet roads through scenic countryside.
There are shops at Euroa, but we'll have lunch on the road side. I plan to visit the Ruffy Produce Store for coffee and cake, and camp at the rec reserve.
Bring food for tea from either Euroa or Melbourne as there are no supplies at Ruffy.
Day 2 we will descend to Yarck for coffee and cake and then continue along the Great Victorian Rail Trail to Molesworth for lunch (most likely by the roadside as there isn't much at Molesworth as I recall, apart from the pub).
We'll continue on the rail trail through the Cheviot tunnel and then go onto quiet roads towards Murrindindi, where we will camp (there are several camping areas along the river).
Day 3 we will head along (hopefully) good roads to get to Narbethong in the morning.
I haven't cycled along these roads yet, but the Yellowdindi road seems most promising in terms of not being excessively steep, and Google maps satellite pictures seem to indicate that it isn't a 4wd track, but rather a gravel/dirt road.
There are a couple of other options but I think they would have steeper climbs based on the topo maps that I've got.
We will aim to get to Narbethong for lunch and then continue along the Acheron Way to Warburton, which is lovely riding through the forest.
Day 4 will be from Warburton to Lillydale via the rail trail, and also the section of the O'Shannessy aqueduct trail between Warburton and Launchingplace. There will be gravel roads and rail trails, bring a bike that you find comfortable in these conditions.
The first two nights are bush camping, and you will need to bring all camping gear (tent, bedding, stove, food etc).
There are no shops to resupply with food between Euroa and Warburton, so I reccommend bringing food for the first 3 days (minimum) from Melbourne. Plus snacks.
Water will be available in many places along the route, but purification tablets might be handy at Murrindindi.