As a retiree, I find it difficult to get out of the nest early during the cooler months of the year.  The weather forecast was dry and I thought  it would be a great opportunity to take my Guzzi out for its first outing with the club.

As things would happen, the battery was flat, so out came the Yamaha instead.

I surprised myself by arriving ahead of time at the 7-Eleven store at Rowville where many others were already enjoying a coffee and a chat prior to Graham’s brief on the coming ride.

Graham led us out in rather chilly conditions East along Wellington Road to Cardinia Dam where we had a short stop.  From there we headed out through Beaconsfield Upper along familiar favourite roads of mine to Pakenham where we picked up our President Ian on his trusty R90S.

From here we headed down the Freeway for a short stretched till we turned off through Longwarry North where the roads just got better.  As we headed towards Labertouche, we took a couple of turns along some unfamiliar back roads winding through some fantastic farming country through Rockeby and then ended back on the Neerim South Road.  It was here where the sun’s rays began to do their job and seemed smoke haze lifted.

Neerim South was our designated stop at the bakery for morning tea with a chat and a comfort stop for those that needed it.

Once refreshed with their morning tea, we headed off through Noojee along the road towards Mt. BawBaw and made a turn off to Hill End, Willow Grove, Shady Creek and onto Darnun for fuel and another comfort stop.

Wow! What a road!  Never been there before, scenery was great and the roads were perfect for motorcycles.  The route took a couple of turns and we seemed to travel in all directions of the compass.  I was completely lost at this stage.  This was a section of road that I can’t wait to explore again but will top up with fuel at Neerim South so I don’t have to keep one eye on the fuel gauge.

From Darnum, we headed back towards Melbourne along the back roads through Warragul South, Lardner Park and on to Garfield where we stopped for lunch and a further chat.

From there everyone made their own way home.

I realised I will have to drag myself out of the nest more often to attend more of these rides.  A great ride was had by all – many thanks to Graham for organising the ride and to Tom and Deborah for their Tail-end Charlie duties.

 

Gary Moore

 

SUNDAY  RUN  REPORT  PARTICIPANTS  LIST – 19/05/2019

 

James  Linton 1970 Triumph 650
Robert  Mullins 1972 BMW R75/5
Russell  McGhie 1974 BMW R75/6
Graham  Boulter  (Ride  Leader) 1974 BMW R90S
Ian  Snadden 1974 BMW R90S
John  Leahy 1982 Ducati 900SS
Ian  Bryant 1984 BMW K100RS
Bill  Washington 1986 BMW K75S
John  Best 1986 BMW R80
Gary  Moore 1997 Yamaha XJR1200
Brian  Boultor 2002 Kawasaki ZRX
Ray  Isles 2004 BMW F650CS
John  Killingsworth 2011 BMW R1200GS
David  and  Mez  McLennan 2016 Triumph Thruxton
Tom  Thursfield  and  Deborah  Lunney 2016 Can-Am Spyder  F3
          (Tail  – end – Charlie)