Northern Region Midweek Ride, 15th October 2019


This month’s ride (October) was taking us to the beautiful Loch Valley where the small town of Noojee (the place to rest) is found.  Population is only 261 with our final destination in Noojee being The Toolshed Bar, sitting right above the picturesque Latrobe River.

On arrival at our starting point the riders keep rolling in, 18 in total ready to rumble with a cool and overcast day forecast. Our cascade of riders travelled through Diamond Creek, Wattle Glen, Christmas Hills and onto our morning tea stop of Yarra Glen where we pick up another two riders. It was noticed here that Reg has sprung a leak and was covered in oil from the waist down. His Triumph looked like it was found in the Valdez Oil Spill (sorry Reg). Unfortunately Reg’s day was over and he hitched a ride home with RACV Total Care (which we all should be a member of). After full warm bellies we were off again through Healsville and Yarra Junction turning right towards Powelltown where our group was joined by more riders taking our total to 23, a great days attendance I must say.

The Yarra Junction – Noojee Road is a riders dream, good condition, great bends, straight sections and very picturesque. You just have to watch out for the increased truck traffic which are frequent on this road. After travelling through Gladysdale, Three Bridges and Powelltown it isn’t long before we arrive at our destination Noojee.  As we disembarked our metal steeds I hear conversations of “great road, did you enjoy that”. The crew where happy which makes me happy.

On entering The Toolshed Bar we are confronted with nearly every tool once used in the wood mills or bush area for timber extraction or cutting. There is also many photos of the area taken in it’s wood cutting heyday, including massive trees, trestle bridges and of a hard days work logging in a forgotten era.

With my tummy full and happy we begin our return journey along the same roads with a refuel stop at Healsville, where we say our goodbyes to a few, then onto Yarra Glen and returning to our starting point Greensborough. Another great days riding with our 24 members on 23 motorcycles well done crew.

Thanks to all our fellow riders, Keith my TEC .

A great journey of approx. 224kms

Until next time stay upright Wally Walsh


Rider Bike Year
John Mannu Matchless G80 1950
Martyn Goodwin Vincent Comet 1951
Frank Trento Vincent Black Prince 1955
Greg Fitzpatrick Norton Atlas 1968
Ray Ready (Guest) Norton Commando 1973
Mike Walker Triumph TR65 1981
John Best BMW R80 1986
Damien Lewer Honda VFR750 1992
Wally Walsh (Ride Leader) Triumph Trophy 1997
Ian Young Kawasaki W650 2000
Keith McCracken (TEC) Honda 1300 2002
Steve Inman BMW  R1150RT 2004
Janet Walker Honda VTR250 2004
Greg C ostello BMW F800S 2007
Alan Kell Moto Guzzi V7 2009
Damien Hegarty (Guest) Buell 2009
Peter Keage Kawasaki W800 2011
Richard Haughton Kawasaki W800 2012
David & Meg McLennan Triumph Thruxton 2016
Peter Hansen Triumph Street Twin 2016
Reg Hammond Triumph Bonneville 2016
Colin Borthwick Triumph Boneville 2017
Ed Sleightholm Triumph Street Twin 2017