Early starting rides on a Sunday morning have the great benefit of a clear run to the meeting point without the hindrance of thousands of cars cluttering the roads, and so it was today as we crossed the otherwise choked Chandler Highway bridge on our way to Rowville. With the sun beginning to show through the clouds the ride followed leader Sam from Rowville through local residential streets – was this a Real Estate agent’s tour of some hot new properties? No, it was the best way out to attractive countryside and good motorcycling roads toward Beaconsfield and Emerald with views of the distant ranges.

In increasing sunshine we arrived at Woori Yallock for a cuppa and the busy bakery coped well with our orders. After the usual chatting and warming over hot drinks, Sam led us to Healesville and Toolangi over mountain roads through forest and past fern gullies. Police motorcyclists were busy in the Healesville area I noticed.

The Flying Tarts cafe at Kinglake West is a favourite of ours and this was our lunch stop. We crowded the car park with bikes and met more club members there. We found a sunny table out of the cold wind and later several of us stood in the car park to chat and be in the sun. Later we followed Sam down the hill to Greensborough and home, some riders heading off in various directions before that.

Thanks to Sam for planning and leading the ride and Jamie for riding TEC.

John Best.

Participants:

Sam Panettieri, Suzuki GSX1000F 2017 (Ride Leader)

James Linton, Triumph Bonneville 2001 (Tail End Charlie)

Richard Haughton, Kawasaki W800 2018

Brian Boulton, Kawasaki 1200 2002

Ian Snadden, BMW R90S 1974

Mick Boocock, BMW K1100 1992

Robert Mullins, BMW R1000R 2014

Ian Monk, Kawasaki W800 2012 (Guest)

David and Marianne McLennan, Triumph Thruxton 2016

Brian Wilson, BMW K100RS 1988

Graham Boulter, R90S 1975

Ian Bryant, BMW K100 1984

John and Vicki Best, BMW R80 1986

Ray Harrison, Norton Commando 1969

Robert van Lohuizen, BMW R90S 1975.

Colin Borthwick, Triumph Bonneville 20xx