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Ulysses Club Melbourne Branch
Ride Report - Greg G’s Kalkallo to Berwick Ride 25/11/2018
Tail End Charlie – Dennis Alessi (Ducati Monster – red, of course)
Photographer – John Cook with almost NO help from the Ride Leader (Honda ST1300)
Ride Leader – Greg Gleason (BMW K1300S Motorsport – aka Herman)
Jeff – BMW R1200 GS Rallye Pat Ryan (Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 XCA)
John -Triumph Bonneville Scrambler Vince Green (& Kath) – Kawasaki Versys 1000
Carlo - BMW K1200GT
The planned ride (for a change) went as planned – well, almost…..
189km of quite varied roads, some wide, some narrow, corners of all kinds, smiles all round. Kalkallo to Yan Yean, then Arthur’s Creek and Nankervis Road (not often used) to St Andrews (via Hildebrand & School Roads – also not often used), to Panton Hill then through the Christmas Hills for a great photo opportunity to Yarra Glen. Down the Old Healesville Road and a welcome morning tea in Healesville at the Beechworth Bakery.
Woori Yallock Road to Dalry Road and a missed photo opportunity near Don Road. But from here, it’s a stone’s throw to the incredible Kirth Kiln National Park – the road to Gembrook has very few peers on a damp day – concentration abounds!! A thrilling ride and no need to breach the speed limits at all! Across to Cockatoo, south to a Paternoster Road today strangely devoid of waiting highway patrol officers……. Emerald went by, so did Harkaway and all too soon it was the Berwick Bakery that was creating smiles like those seen on the ride. Farewells then a boring freeway ride home, but a very smiley boring ride home.
Whilst John had picked 2 great spots to capture the action, it was attempt 1 and 3 that got the nod. An afterthought at the lights – “go ahead John – I’ll slow them up to give you time to set up” was answered with “thanks, I’ll be on the Dalry Road somewhere”. My grandchildren (had I asked them) would have instantly picked the last left hander before Don Valley speed limits. However, when I slowed to give John some set up time, the group all thundered past thinking John was the new ride leader!! By the time I reeled them in, we arrived at the Don Road intersection to see John just dismounting, no chance for a camera. However, John redeemed both he and I, catching us on the Paternoster Road’s 3rd last corner (left hander) before the Emerald right turn.
About half way from Emerald to the Narre Warren turnoff (heading south towards Berwick), I was using my “ex Berwick resident” card to conjure up a curry place for Pat – I failed but our fallback, the Berwick Bakery, didn’t!! I even had a curry pie (sorry Sal)…..
What is it with new hoops? Any more than 2 on a ride, and Huey opens up, just where the narrow, slippery, gravelly, off camber roads are…… And today, 5 new tyres, no less!!
Appreciation to Dennis, John and all who ventured out on a potentially wet Sunday. Prez Brian is flipping the snags next Sunday!! President’s Christmas Ride – don’t miss it!!