One of my pet hates is waking up on the morning of a Club ride to the sound of rain on the roof, even worse when you are the ride leader and can’t opt out on the grounds of inclement weather.

So off in the rain to the departure point at BP Lyndhurst.

John & Vicki were there when I arrived, and we were soon joined by Sam, Colin & Ray.

After the obligatory ride briefing it was off to Flinders for morning tea via Pearcedale and Hastings, picking up Ed & Paul on the way.

The weather gods were being kind as the drizzle eased off and we made our way to Point Nepean via Cape Schanck and the back roads. On arrival at Point Nepean Quarantine Station and a bit of a touristy look around we boarded the shuttle bus for Fort Nepean after some successful negotiation between Sam & the bus driver over the fares. The 15 minute bus ride to the Fort was accompanied by some interesting commentary by the bus driver and it was decided that none of us wanted to brave the icy waters for a swim at Cheviot Beach a la Harold Holt.

Fort Nepean is a fascinating labyrinth of tunnels and fortifications that was constructed in the late 1800s to protect Port Phillip Bay and obviously Melbourne from an attack via the sea.

We soaked up the history (not the sun) and re shuttled back to the Quarantine Station to our bikes for our ride homeward bound via Arthurs Seat, Red Hill South and a cuppa at Paul’s lovely ranch on the Peninsula.

A pleasant day if I must say so myself, thanks John & Vicki for TEC duties & to Paul for his day’s end hospitality.

Ian Snadden

Ride participants

Ian Snadden                       BMW R1100GS                  1995      Ride Leader

John & Vicki Best              Suzuki Bandit                     2008       TEC

Sam Panettieri                  Suzuki GSX Sport              2016

Colin Sullivan                      BMW R1200R                     2009

Ray Isles                               BMW F650CS                     2004

Paul White                          Triumph Bonnie                2015

Ed Sleightholme               Triumph Street Twin       2017