NATIONAL CLUBS GYMNASTICS CARNIVAL 2017 MY JOURNEY TO AND FROM BENDIGO

This year’s National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival was held in Bendigo in Victoria, as it was last year and the year before that. Next year the carnival will be held on the Gold Coast in the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gymnastics centre.
Miss16 who is Level 9 at Delta Brisbane was competing in the Delta Brisbane B team in the Level 10 competition. Delta Brisbane was the 2016 Champion Club and is one of the largest clubs in Australia. Her competition days were Sunday and Monday.
I elected to take some days off from work and enjoy a short break. I drove down on Friday stopping along the way for toilet and food stops. My IBS seems to be getting more unpredictable, so much so I’m considering a FODMAP approach to eating.

Click on the place markers for more information about each place I stopped.

Dog on Tucker Box

I left Canberra at roughly 7 am (see the map’s marker details) drive to the iconic Dog on Tucker Box just before Gundagai. I had a cup of coffee and emptied my bladder.

Dog on a Tuckerbox near Gundagai Gary Lum
Dog on a Tuckerbox near Gundagai

Run in with law enforcement

Not long after passing the Tumblong turnoff, I needed to pass a couple of semi-trailers going up a reasonable incline. I made an error and exceeded the 110 kph speed limit by 18 kph and a NSWPOL constable in a patrol car pulled me over. I’ll receive a substantial fine and loss of demerit points from my Driver License. This field of yellow is near where I was pulled over.

Field of yellow canola flowers where I got a speeding ticket Gary Lum
Field of yellow canola flowers where I got a speeding ticket

Not a yellow submarine but a yummy yellow vanilla custard

Morning tea was going to be a vanilla slice from the Holbrook bakery. I made a quick stop though to shoot a photograph of HMAS Otway at the entrance of Holbrook.

HMAS Otway at Holbrook Gary Lum
HMAS Otway at Holbrook

I’ll provide a rundown with the food I ate on the trip at Yummy Lummy. This will probably be published in a day or so.

Vanilla slice at Holbrook Bakery Gary Lum
Vanilla slice at Holbrook Bakery

Cafe Derailleur

I decided lunch would be at Cafe Derailleur in Wangaratta. It was a delicious caramelised pork belly with an Asian slaw salad.

Caramelised pork belly and coriander salad with apple ginger and lime juice Gary Lum
Caramelised pork belly and coriander salad with apple ginger and lime juice

One of my problems, when I drive, is a desire to get to my destination in the best possible time. Even though I had cruise control on most of the way, I had one speeding infringement but this didn’t stop an internal desire to keep moving. I should have stopped at more places.

Violet Town

After I finished lunch, I got on the road again and headed to Violet town for a spot of afternoon tea.
When I arrived in Violet town I visited the Lions park public toilet and then stopped at a local cafe and pondered the choices in the display cabinet. There were no vanilla slices left so I went with another iconic Australian sweet, viz., a Lamington.

Lamington and tea at Violet Town Café Gary Lum
Lamington and tea at Violet Town Café

After a very nice afternoon tea and toilet stop I proceeded to my final destination, viz., Bendigo and the Comfort Inn Julie-Anna.

Comfort Inn Julie-Anna

I’ve written a Google maps review which you can read.

There’s a car show at the motel Gary Lum
There’s a car show at the motel
Welcome note from Comfort Inn Julie-Anna Gary Lum
Welcome note from Comfort Inn Julie-Anna

Lake View Hotel

On my first night, I walked down the road to the Lake View Hotel and enjoyed a scotch rib fillet steak with a peppercorn sauce, chips and greens.

Scotch fillet steak with peppercorn sauce served with chips and broccolini Gary Lum
Scotch fillet steak with peppercorn sauce served with chips and broccolini

A disappointing Friday evening

The good news is that each room in the Comfort Inn Julie-Anna there is a large screen television which has access to Fox Sports which meant I was able to watch the preliminary final between the Brisbane Broncos and the Melbourne Storm deep in AFL country.
Unfortunately, the Brisbane Broncos were defeated convincingly and the Melbourne Storm proceeds to this week’s grand final of the greatest game of all.

Julie-Anna’s signature omelette

Julie-Anna’s omelette with cheese, bacon, red onion, mushroom and spinach Gary Lum
Julie-Anna’s omelette with cheese, bacon, red onion, mushroom and spinach

Golden Dragon Museum

I spent a good couple of hours on Saturday at the Golden Dragon Museum.

Bendigo has a rich Chinese heritage associated with gold mining. This wonderful museum has some wonderful pieces including the longest dragon in the world at about 100 metres in length.
I’ve created a gallery of photographs. Please click on one and then scroll through the gallery.

A country meat lover’s pizza

For dinner, on Saturday night I walked down to Luchiano Pizza & Pasta and bought myself a meat lover’s pizza.

Meat lovers' pizza Gary Lum
Meat lovers’ pizza

It was really very good and got me in the mood for the best part of Saturday.

Finishing Saturday night with a happy ending

No, not that sort of happy ending! The second NRL preliminary final between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Sydney Roosters was being played in Sydney. While the Brisbane Broncos are my number 1 team, the North Queensland Cowboys are my number 2 team (and the Melbourne Storm are my number 3 team). These are the teams with the highest proportion of Queensland players who after all are the best athletes playing sport anywhere in the world.

Star Trek PJs while watching the NQ Cowboys defeat the Sydney Roosters Gary Lum
Star Trek PJs while watching the NQ Cowboys defeat the Sydney Roosters

The North Queensland Cowboys were victorious and will meet the Melbourne Storm this Sunday evening in Sydney for what will be a great game.

Sunday avocado with Hollandaise sauce and poached eggs

For breakfast, I enjoyed poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce and smashed avocado.

Poached eggs and avocado with Hollandaise sauce Gary Lum
Poached eggs and avocado with Hollandaise sauce

Bendigo Stadium

After breakfast and a walk around Lake Weeroona, I drove to Bendigo Stadium to watch Miss 16 compete. . Bendigo Stadium is pretty good for gymnastics. It’s big and can accommodate women’s and men’s competitions at the same time. The only problem is air flow which I think needs some attention given the cloudy haze of chalk dust that floats in the air continuously.

Welcome to Lake Weeroona Gary Lum
Welcome to Lake Weeroona
National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival 2017 Gary Lum
Bendigo Stadium. National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival 2017.
Day one on the floor Gary Lum
Day one on the floor

Gems are the standard lunch

For me, gymnastics at Bendigo Stadium means potato gems (or for my North American friends tater tots).

National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival means Potato gems Gary Lum
National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival means Potato gems

Intestinal colic

As I was leaving Bendigo Stadium I was feeling a little delicate in my abdomen. I was experiencing some colicky cramping pain. That said though, I still felt hungry so I went back to the Lake View Hotel and ate a Caesar salad with anchovies and a crumbed poached egg.

Caesar salad with anchovies and a crumbed poached egg at the Lake View Hotel Gary Lum
Caesar salad with anchovies and a crumbed poached egg at the Lake View Hotel

I spent the rest of the evening in discomfort and pain. All I can say is that a warm bath is so soothing.

Spa bath Comfort Inn Julie-Anna, Bendigo Gary Lum
Spa bath Comfort Inn Julie-Anna, Bendigo

Monday bacon and eggs with Hollandaise sauce

I woke up feeling considerably better. The intestinal colic has stopped at about 3 am and I just felt delicate. The best way to evaluate how healthy your bowels are is to eat something so I had a piece of toasted raisin bread and then some crispy bacon with poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce.

Bacon and eggs with Hollandaise sauce on Sourdough Gary Lum
Bacon and eggs with Hollandaise sauce on Sourdough

Again I took a short walk around Lake Weeroona and spied a couple of black swans with their cygnets.

Black swans and cygnets Gary Lum
Black swans and cygnets

Back to Bendigo Stadium

Day two was the finals for the Level 10 girls and Miss 16 was again competing in the morning. She performed better on the second day.

Day 2 uneven bars Gary Lum
Day 2 uneven bars
Day 2 balance beam Gary Lum
Day 2 balance beam
Day 2 floor Gary Lum
Day 2 floor
Day 2 floor Gary Lum
Day 2 floor
Day 2 vault Gary Lum
Day 2 vault

What the hell! You had one job Bendigo Stadium!

The tuck shop ran out of potato gems. I had to make do with hot chips.

Hot chips 🍟 while watching gymnastics Gary Lum
Hot chips 🍟 while watching gymnastics

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Saying goodbye

It was great to spend some time with Miss 16 while we were in Bendigo but saying goodbye is always tough. She is such a happy bubbly person and watching her with her teammates and coaches lifts my heart to see her so happy.

Dinner with Julie-Anna

So for my last night in Bendigo, I ate at the Comfort Inn Julie-Anna restaurant.
I enjoyed a lovely crumbed steak covered in pepper sauce and served with hot chips and greens.

Crumbed beef with chips and pepper gravy Gary Lum
Crumbed beef with chips and pepper gravy

For dessert, I enjoyed a berry ice cream sundae with white chocolate and pieces of crunchy honeycomb. It was amazing.

Fruit sundae with white chocolate and honeycomb Gary Lum
Fruit sundae with white chocolate and honeycomb

The drive back from Bendigo to Canberra

I left the Comfort Inn Julie-Anna just after 6 am and felt a little sad. If I attend the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival, it will be in the Gold Coast and not Bendigo so this may have been my last stay at this motel.
I had a final bath, packed up and drove out of Bendigo with a heading to Canberra. Click on the place markers for more information.

Australiana iconic sweet number 3

I didn’t eat breakfast in Bendigo so I had to find a coffee and breakfast within an hour of leaving. I stopped at Murchison and found a bakery and enjoyed an apple turnover and coffee. I remember loving apple turnovers as a kid at primary school. Our tuck shop sold a really good apple turnover. The Murchison bakery didn’t disappoint me. This apple turnover was delicious.

Apple turnover and coffee in Murchison Gary Lum
Apple turnover and coffee in Murchison

My final vanilla slice

Yep, I think I’m a Hobbit, I had second breakfast. I stopped at Hide’s Bakery and enjoyed the best raisin toast I’ve ever had. It was amazing.

Raisin toast and coffee at Hides Bakery Benalla Gary Lum
Raisin toast and coffee at Hides Bakery Benalla

On the way out I picked up a vanilla slice to go.

Truck stops are good places to eat morning tea

So after second breakfast in Benalla, I drove north and stopped at a truck stop northbound near Glenrowan.
This is where I enjoyed my final vanilla slice of my trip. You can find the place marker on the map.

Vanilla slice from Hide’s Bakery in Benalla Gary Lum
Vanilla slice from Hide’s Bakery in Benalla

My first pie of the trip

After morning tea I stopped just before the Victorian/NSW border and had lunch at Henri’s Bakery in Wodonga.
I love a potato pie and this one was delicious.

Potato pie from Henri’s Bakery in Wodonga Gary Lum
Potato pie from Henri’s Bakery in Wodonga

I can’t eat anymore and I need a dunny stop

Would you believe that by the time I got to Tarcutta I wasn’t hungry? I’m sorry good people of Tarcutta I didn’t spend any of my holiday money in your fine town. I did leave a deposit of another kind though.

Tarcutta dunny break Gary Lum
Tarcutta dunny break. Shot from the entrance of the public toilet.

The end of the story

The good news is that Miss 16 got home to Brisbane safely and for dinner, I had salmon and salad.
I’m hoping I haven’t insulted my bowels too much and I’ll feel okay soon.

Baked salmon with salad Gary Lum
Baked salmon with salad

As I write this though, I feel like I’m developing an upper respiratory tract infection. I have a headache and worsening nasal congestion.
I’ll try to post a food-related story tomorrow but I am starting to feel like death warmed up.

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13 thoughts on “NATIONAL CLUBS GYMNASTICS CARNIVAL 2017 MY JOURNEY TO AND FROM BENDIGO

  1. SueT唐 梦 琇 Reply

    How clever is Miss 16!! Sorry to hear you received a fine; exact thing happened to my friend but around Goulburn the other day; she was overtaking and ‘copped’ a fine. Quite expensive too.

    • garydlum Post author

      Thanks, Sue, it’s been a long time since I’ve had a driving infringement. It has taught me to be more vigilant.

  2. Mabel Kwong Reply

    Yay for Miss 16! What a flyer and she looked every bit in the moment. Did you take the photos of her yourself? They are amazing. Sounds like every bit of a good food trip too. If I ate all that you ate, I don’t think my bowels would agree with me very well – sometimes creamy doesn’t suit me well, some days it does.

    Take care, Gaz. With the change of seasons comes change of weather and flu bugs go around. Almost the weekend, hang in there.

    • garydlum Post author

      Hi Mabel,
      Yes, my trusty Sony α7ii with a 24-240 mm F/3.5-6.3 lens. At the distance it was mostly >200 mm so the aperture was mostly F/6.3. I shot at either 1/500s or 1/1000s to avoid blur.
      I dare not weigh myself 🤣 I will now be more careful with my food intake.
      I will rest and drink lots of water 👍

  3. Kris Reply

    How did Miss 16 do? She looked AMAZING in all your shots. And your meals looked incredibly scrumptious. I’m very sorry you are getting sick/er. Sick is not a fun feeling at all. {{gentle hugs}}

    • garydlum Post author

      Miss 16 did fine. No places because she was in the B team. The A team did very well.
      I hate being ill. Thanks Kris 😃

    • Kris

      She really looked incredible. I was proud of her and I don’t even know her!!!

    • garydlum Post author

      She is amazing Kris and such a happy 16 year old. Thanks. I’m a very proud father.

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