Started with a quick detour to Marnoo before taking in the silo at Rupanyup and then overnighting at the Commercial Hotel in Minyip. Should have done Murtoa in between but ran out of light on Friday.
Next morning it was up and at 'em with a walk around Minyip where they have set up a history trail before jumping in the car for the trip to Sheep Hills, Brim, Beulah and Rosebery before stopping at Warracknabeal for a bite to eat.
On to Hopetoun and after a quick fuel stop and detour to check out the Mineral Sands loader it was a shortcut up to Patchewollock, a deviation from the trail suggested by 'er indoors which was a real winner taking in views of the bush around the fringe of Wyperfeld NP. From Patche it was across to Speed and down the Sunraysia to the final silo at Lascelles before taking in Woomelang, Birchip, Wycheproof (amazing my companion with the rail line down the middle of the main drag) before another overnight stop at Charlton.
Today we took in the sights of Charlton before heading off with a stop to check out what is left of Wedderburn Station area and lunch in Harcourt before heading home.
Excellent Pub counter meals at the Commo in Minyip and the Cricket Club in Charlton, ice cold beers in a number of top little pubs along the way and super friendly locals who seemed very pleased with the upswing in visitor numbers generated by the trail made it a top weekend. Should have added another day but that's life.
My long suffering other half while very patient with me rolls her eyes at some of my "holiday" ideas but she absolutely loved this weekend. If you want to ease someone into the joys of Railway archaeology then I highly recommend the Silo Art Trail as a great way to do it. http://siloarttrail.com/home/
BTW the less said about the moronic Grey Nomads who parked their 4WD and monster caravan ACROSS THE MAIN ROAD at Sheep Hills so she could get out and snap the obligatory photo before they looped around the silo road and drove off the better. Lord help it should he actually have to get out of the car for them to tick that one off the list and post the photos on FB for the grand kids who don't give a toss anyway. He copped a mouthful from me and a couple of others after they almost caused an accident but of course being the top bloke that he was he just gave us all the finger and yelled out "up yours".