We did a three day tour starting from Bendigo, travelling along a mix of secondary roads and quiet country backroads, to Tarnagulla for the first night, camping , with some staying in a cabin. Then we continued on to Dunolly for morning tea at the wickedly scrumptious bakery. Then on very quiet roads to Maryborough and Talbot for our second night at Chesterfield House
, which is a very special place giving marvellous accommodation for a quite reasonable price. If you book in for the third weekend of the month you will be in Talbot for their farmers' market (held on Sunday) which is also very special. The last day was a back track to Carisbrook and along more quiet roads to Maldon (Victoria's first notable town - declared by the National Trust) for lunch. Then we returned to Castlemaine for the train back to Melbourne.
Distances were a very achievable 50-70kms each day, and all the people in our group (11 riders) had a great time.
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.