Southern Region midweek ride report, 5 January


5th January 2021

All riders, (four misguided souls) assembled at Chirnside Park Shopping Centre for the 9am start.
I apologize in advance for the continuing reference to the weather. However, it was the unexpected factor in the days ride.

So here we go!

Lilydale:                                                                            Weather was overcast with good prospects.
Chirnside Park to Yarra Glen, then Healesville:      Weather overcast now with average prospects
Healesville to top of Black Spur:                                 Weather overcast & drizzling
Top of Black Spur to Marysville:                                 SUNNY with light clouds (the day looks great!!)

At Marysville we decide to continue to Lake Mountain. Half way there the weather closed in.  We had drizzle, light rain, heavy rain and fog.

However, as can happen sometimes with mountain weather it was fine (some blue sky breaking through the clouds at the top of Lake Mountain.  Here we stopped for a well-deserved take-away morning coffee from the Resort Café.

I gave John a rest as TEC.

Next, off to Warburton for lunch!

First, 9 km back down to the Marysville-Woods point Road through (you guessed it) now worsening drizzle, thick fog & heavy rain.

Then a further say 5km to the Woods Point Road intersection.

What!! No!! It couldn’t be!!  “ROAD CLOSED”

This necessitated a turn back to Marysville still in said described weather.

Would you believe it was still sunny at Marysville!?

Mike, Ride Leader suggested we make Yea our alternative lunch stoop. We went along with this decision as the weather looked to have good promise in that direction.

Off to Lunch!

Marysville to Buxton                                      a great ride in the sun
Buxton to Taggerty                                          weather not looking so good
Taggerty to Yea via Whanegarwen Rd     basically light to heavy torrential rain.
Quick lunch at Yea between showers.
Yea – Kinglake via Flowerdale & Kinglake West   Rain all the way. We said good by to John at Kinglake West.
Kinglake to Healesville via Toolangi, rain all the way.
Coffee break at Healesville, bikes and riders parked under a vacant BBQ shelter.

All up about 300 wet K’s


Bring on Brass Monkey’s Ride!

John Best BMW R80 1986 TEC
Janet Walker Honda VTR 250 2004
Mike Walker BMW 1200GS 2005 RIDE LEADER
Peter Hansen Triumph Street Twin 2017 2nd TEC