Northern Region Midweek ride report, 21 Dec 2021


Hi everybody Merry Xmas to all out there and your families.  We saved the best ride till last with great accompanying weather for 2021. Seventeen members joined us to travel to Noojee through the Bunyip State Park.

We left Greensborough cruising slowly through Yarrambat, Hurstbridge, Wattle Glen and onto the Kangaroo Grounds-Yarra Glen Road. Here we encountered a slow moving truck which made the ride to our morning tea stop VERY PAINFUL. At least there is no traffic lights on this road so its keeps moving along, albeit rather slowly.

On arrival at the Yarra Flats Baking Co. we met other members there to have our full contingent for the day.  After a hot cuppa and refreshments we headed off towards those majestic hills in the distance.

This time of year is the best for riding, not too hot, evergreen trees around you and a beautiful splash of greenery in all the paddocks. “Oops” don’t forget that refreshing smell of mountain air, a godsend for our lungs.  It’s not long when we hit Launching Place, Yarra Junction and onto the Noojee Road. Now we can get lost between the mountains and in the green valley’s passing through Three Bridges, Gilderory and Powelltown.  Just keep your eye out for log trucks in this area as they appear very quickly as I found out.  To join us in on this mayhem was a biker on my side of the road attempting to pass the log truck with both heading right at me. #@*+! a few choice words where yelled inside my helmet accompanied by a hand gesture at the biker. I stayed far left as I could and he accelerated passed safely (ya mug).

Enjoying the dream ride we soon approached the Noojee Hotel where we joined a group of Harley riders for lunch. We sat outside under the shade of a tree with great views of the La Trobe River. This great day along with past rides for 2021 where being discussed with few accompanying frothy ones which kept the taste buds happy.  Ah! What a day it was.

Then we repeated it all on the way home including a fuel stop at Healsville then riders turned off for home where needed.

Thank you all for a great enjoyable day and to my TEC Keith McCraken.

A great journey of approx. 230kms


Have a safe and Happy New Year.  


Thank you for joining Keith and myself over the past few years for this is our last ride as ride leaders for the Classic Club.

See you in 2022, stay upright Wally Walsh




Rider Bike Year
Mike Walker Triumph T150 1971
Wally Walsh (Ride Leader) Kawasaki Z1A 900 1974
Ian Snadden Yamaha FJ1200 1990
Richard Sommerville Honda VFR750 1995
Keith McCraken Honda ST1300 2002
Janet Walker Honda VTR250 2004
Michael Thompson Triumph America 2012
Richard Houghton Kawasaki W800 2012
Steve Inman Triumph Bonneville T100 2013
Paul Clayton Honda VFR800 2014
Robert Mucuns BMW S1000R 2015
Arthur Hampson Triumph T120 2016
Reg Hammond Triumph T100 2016
Colin Borthwick Triumph Bonneville T120 2017
Graham Boulter BMW R1200RS 2017
Peter Hansen Triumph Street Twin 2017
Damian Lewer Yamaha MTO9SP 2021