Victoria Roads - M31

M31, Hume Freeway

All photos are northbound on the modern road.

Heading away from M80, these are more or less the first photos I took in Australia.

The first unique wildlife sign I saw in Australia. There seems to be one sign of every possible animal scattered throughout the country.

Green Day's lost Violet Town album is memorialised here and only here. Okay, fine, it's a poop joke. Carry on.

One thing I learned quickly about Australian roads is that VicRoads really love their sign borders. Yarrawonga is a patch of something I can't hope to identify.

Glenrowan Rd. SB and NB (at Glenrowan-Moyhu Rd.) in Glenrowan, an old alignment of the Hume Highway before downtown Glenrowan was bypassed. There's also an even older Old Hume Highway on the north side of town that crossed the railway twice, whereas Glenrowan Rd. was built to stay south of the tracks. This was the first time, but not the last time, I noticed a four-lane roadway with no clear centreline marking. The NB sign hints that Australia used to use a centred decimal (UK style).

This is supposed to be a sign for a Tourist Drive, but that's been scratched out. You can follow it via B500 to C315, but that's two numbers instead of just one. Since Tourist Drives never seem to be official, I can't tell you what number this even was. I think this is Australia's record-holder for the longest diversion signed as a simple diagrammatic loop.

A noble message, except for two things. First, fruit from where and return to where? Can I not use M31 to go to the supermarket? Second, that fly will haunt my nightmares. And now yours as well.

A peek over to old signs on the SB side that American drivers might accidentally see straight on, and then the onramp from B410 in Wodonga. Not that there's any truly set design for the speed limit sign, but here are two variants, even going so far as to use different numbers of signposts.

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