Six hardy souls joined Graham Boulter at the Rowville departure point for his last ride as Club Captain. At start time the weather was fine although very cold, with a biting wind but it did look promising for the short ride around the Dandenong Ranges. We set off through Upwey and some back roads and then onto the tourist road to the Mount Dandenong summit. We had a quick stop to visit the site of the “Kyeema” plane crash of 1938. I was unaware of the crash and the memorial to the 14 passengers and 4 crew members who died when the DC2 overshot Essendon Airport in bad weather and crashed into Mount Dandenong. If you have not been there before, it is well worth a visit (when the weather is warmer).
By the time we remounted our motorcycles at the top of the mountain, the weather had deteriorated and it was bitterly cold. We dropped down to Monbulk where we started to cop some heavy rain. A bit further along the road to Gembrook, we had a roadside stop to discuss whether to continue on or back-track to Emerald. We decided on the latter but continued to get a good soaking waiting for John to put on his wet-weather gear.
At Emerald we found a great little café, dry and warm where we enjoyed a nice lunch and coffee, courtesy of the Club, as well as the usual friendly and cheerful banter.
The rain had subsided after lunch and we all made our way home at this point. Although the weather had not been kind to us, it was still good to go for a ride and enjoy the scenery close to home with great company. Many thanks to the Club for providing our lunch, to Ian Snadden for TEC duties and to Graham Boulter for organising and leading the ride and for his valuable service to members over many years as Club Captain.
The group at lunch in Emerald
Heading for home after the ride
Graham is now preparing for a well-earned break following his last ride as Club Captain.
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