Northern Region Mid week ride report, 16 Nov 2021


This ride was originally headed to Noojee but the inclement weather for the past three days was still hanging around in the East over the Noojee area. So with a quick change of plans on the morning of our ride we would now be staying away from the mountains and would ride the more open country roads to Broadford for morning tea then travel the back roads through to Toobarac to Kilmore for our lunch stop.

On arrival at our starting point 4 bikes had already arrived with a total of 11 turning up by 9am, all riders where keen to take on what the day had installed for us.  We had a guest rider (Earl) who arrived with Paul Clayton to see what the club had to offer and he remarked later that he wishes to join our club and certainly ride with us again. He enjoyed our club spirit, the chats with members and the ride on good country roads.

After our debriefing we headed North on a cool day with overcast skies overhead.  We made our way on Yan Yean Road, then Plenty Road to Whittlesea, where a left turn took us West towards Wandong. The roads where clean after days of rain with hardly no traffic on them at all, so we enjoyed our ride in fresh conditions approaching the outskirts of Broadford.  When we parked our bikes at our morning tea stop Covid had beaten us there closing one of our regular cafes, a local gentleman then pointed out a new café across the road on the South side next to the white church called the Country Soul Café . The coffee was good and I heard no complaints on the variety of snacks that where purchased so check it out on your next visit there.

So we were soon back in the saddle heading North to Sugarloaf Creek then turning left onto Seymour Pyalong Road, another interesting back road with great scenery. Turning right at Pyalong then left at Toobarac another great road with better views and Lancefield ahead awaits us. We turned left here and continue down long sweeping country roads towards the township of Kilmore, where fuel for some is needed then a stop at Kemps Bakery for lunch and toilet if required.  “Our bladder doesn’t get any better as we get older” so watch out you young ones Ha ha ha !  Plenty of chit chat here at this popular stop for hot beverages, cakes and pies. With lots of conversations being told about Covid, lockdowns, people saying it’s great to be out on the bike again, I saved money while sitting around at home, couldn’t even go to bloody Bunnings “not happy”.

Well it was about that time guys, empty the bladders again and lets head home. We travel on O’Grady’s Road passing the East Kilmore Railway Station towards Wandong, Heathcote Junction, Whittlesea and back to our starting point at the Caltex servo in Greensborough.

Dry clean roads, good company, no rain ‘ Yeah Baby” and we arrived home happy and safe.

Thank you all for a great enjoyable day and to my TEC Jimmy Linton

A great journey of approx. 180kms

Until next time stay upright Wally Walsh




Rider Bike Year
Mark Hine Vincent Rapide 1950
Jimmy Linton Triumph TR6R 1970
Wally Walsh (Ride Leader) Kawasaki Z1A 900 1974
John and Vicki Best BMW R80 1986
Earl Notnem Yamaha Virago 1995
Paul Clayton Honda VFR800 2014
Reg Hammond Triumph Bonneville 2016
Colin Borthwick Triumph Bonneville T120 2017
Rob King Triumph T100 2018
Ian Young Triumph STR Twin 2020
Damian Lewer Yamaha NTO9SP 2021