DESTINATION :  BROADFORD

Summer has finally arrived, take the liner out of your jacket and wear lighter but protective gear. Our forecast is clear and sunny temperature of 30° with approximately 190ks being our riding distance for the day, sounds like a good way to finish our 2019 monthly rides to me.  Destination Broadford for morning tea and Kilmore for lunch. Our troops gather slowly at our departure point in Greensborough with 14 motorbikes and 15 attendees ready to take the days riding at full stride.

It’s not long before we head North on Yan Yean Rd towards Whittlesea, Upper Plenty, Wandong, Sunday Creek and our morning tea stop at Broadford. The roads were quiet and the country side still has a hint of green in it as the fury of summer has not yet arrived.

We sit down for coffee at a Café where I speak to a woman motorcyclist who was on quite a journey riding her BMW albeit by herself. She was travelling North to Mansfield, Whitfield then onto Bright. Still heading north to Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane, just to see our beautiful country.  She spoke with a strong English accent then soon after headed on her way.   I did tell her of the bushfires in NSW and Queensland where she may need to travel a different route in case of road closures.

After a great coffee and a yarn we travelled North on the Broadford/Pyalong Road. The paddocks where a lot dryer on this side of the divide with green grass non-existent. We then turned right at Pyalong left at Tooborac towards Lancefield. This picturesque road passes many unique rock formations sitting in precarious position (I would hate to have a house sitting below those hillsides as you would always be dreaming of a rockslide. Great viewing if you haven’t travelled this road.

Arriving at Lancefield we turned left towards our lunchtime stop at Kemps Bakery in Kilmore. The line of bikes travelled well behind me. The need for food, a thirst for good beverage and a good spot to empty the bladder makes this stop essential.  From Kilmore we head back home via Wondong, Whittlesea, Greensborough where riders turn off towards their respective suburbs and homes along the way.

I wish everybody a Merry Xmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.  See you in 2020.

 

Thanks to TEC John Killingsworth and to all riders who made this ride so satisfying.

A great journey of approx. 190kms

Until next time stay upright Wally Walsh

 

 

NORTHERN REGION MIDWEEK RIDERS PARTICIPANTS LIST 19/11/19:

 

Rider Bike Year
Wally Walsh (Ride Leader) Kawasaki Z1A 900 1974
Rob King Triumph T100 2018
Ed Sleightholm Triumph Street Twin 2017
Graeme Wilson BMW K75C 1985
Richard Haughton Kawasaki W800 2012
Peter Keage Guzzi California Stone 2002
John Best BMW R80 1986
Ray Harrison Norton Commando 1969
John Killingsworth (TEC) BMW R1200  GS 2011
John Leahy Ducati SS900 1982
Alan Kelly Moto Guzzi V7 2009
Reg Hammond Triumph Bonneville 100 2016
David & Meg McLennan Triumph Thruxton 2016
Gary Moore Suzuki GT750 1976