Ride Report follows:
Ride Report – Greg’s Café to Café (to Café) 21 10 2018
Kalkallo to Woodend to Bacchus Marsh
Greg (Leader) – Triumph Thruxton R Pat Ryan (TEC) – Triumph Tiger Explorer
Libby – Triumph Bonneville Garry – Victory Jackpot
Les – Yamaha FJR1300 Dennis – Ducati Monster
Julian – Victory Cruiser Gazza – Yamaha FJR 1300
Ray – KTM 1050 Steve Bailes – Honda Goldwing
Vince – Kawasaki Versys Mike Fittall – BMW R1200RS
Stewart Tepe – Honda Shadow
We headed off from a less than pristine roadhouse (you tell ‘em Vince!!) and back along Donnybrook Road. We turned left up Merriang Road and should have hooked right up Janna Road, but a bit of dirt intervened!! After Greg was awarded the Pat Ryan Gravel Road Award, we cut back to Janna Road for the Eden Park twisties, then left to Wallan and out the Darraweit Guim road to Romsey.
Having agreed Mt Macedon was too cold, we stayed on the flat and hit Bourkie’s Bakery in Woodend for some refreshments (“I’ve been waiting ages – oh, it’s a ‘take a number’ thing….”). Off to Trentham where the local copper delighted in monstering us (although nobody got booked).
From there to Ballan and south to Glenmore Road, visiting a scarlet breasted parrot killing field (the locals call it a wind farm), doing the “step up” escarpment in the down direction (and it boasted a quarry sized gravel pit in the middle of the most challenging corner), then down to enter Bacchus Marsh via the Geelong Road, from the south, under a truly spectacular railway bridge.
In Bacchus Marsh, the group persuaded “old” Greg not to check into the Bacchus Marsh Hospital (he was apparently suffering from old age, arthritis and 2 very windy sailing races the day before) and a local café, The Rose, managed to serve a pretty fair lunch.
We headed off home our separate ways, some in a hurry to watch the Japanese Moto GP that started at 3.30pm. Being one of these, I can tell you!! It was worth every bit of the speed camera risks. What a race!! Hopefully, what a ride too!!
Thanks to Pat Ryan for taking on TEC duties, and to all who attended and made it a very enjoyable ride. Hopefully, there were some new roads (apart from the dirt) that were new to some of you.
Next week is the Moto GP at Phillip Island – see some of you there!! John Cook has a nice ride in the opposite direction. With Marquez claiming the title today in Japan, those less interested can do John’s ride in the knowledge they’ve missed nothing!!