Dalai wrote:As you don't mind hills - another option is the route I ride out to Mt Donna Buang which is over Mt Dandenong.
Outbound after getting to Monbulk (usually by the 1 in 20 and down the Wall). Head north on Silvan rd to Monbulk Seville rd, follow this till Beenak rd where I'll turn right and descend to Yellingbo. Then continue to Woori Yallock on the Healesville - Koo Wee Rup rd. Warburton hwy the rest of the way.
Return - same route to Yellingbo. Take Beenak rd, left along Macclesfield - Woori Yallock rd till Swales rd. Follow Swales rd which becomes Macclesfield rd to Monbulk. Also have continued straight when getting to Swales rd through Macclesfield, then right to Emerald, right on Emerald - Monbulk rd to Monbulk.
Then depending on how I am feeling will take the Wall / Perrins Creek rd / Sherbrooke rd and down the 1 in 20 or through Belgrave and Burwood hwy.
Yes, thanks Dalai, that would be a nice option, and the round trip would be roughly 170km, a bit over 20km longer than the route I've been using that includes the rail trail. I'd be interested to find out how much hill-climbing that includes, too, as the route using the rail trail is 2500m climbed for the round trip.