I never drive back via the city - not while a country scenic route is there for me to take.
A tree fern gully in the Dandenongs is a wonderful cool place to spend a hot summer day.
We stopped to admire the Sylvan dam. And drove past the Sherbrook Art Society where I was once a member and guest speaker and held a featured artist exhibition way back when my children were younger than my own grandchildren are today.
I do find the drive home tiring towards the end of it and I have those coffee lollies and bottle water to refresh me as I drive and get out and walk several times to break the trip. This is the only time I have coffee lollies, they do help keep me alert, I don't have many and I think staying wide awake on a three and a half hour drive is more important than worrying about nutritional value.
The scene below is the view of over the suburbs of Melbourne as you descend toward Fern Tree Gully from the ranges.
I will never tire off driving through the Dandenongs even if the traffic these days is nothing like the traffic free country drives I remember from childhood.