Ride Report – Greg G’s Lilydale to Emerald Ride 29 3 19
Vince Green (Ulysses Hon Member for Mernda) – V Strom 1000,
Geoff Shugg - the best Kwaka ZX9R in captivity at the best price,
Jeff Pavlou – BMW R1200 GS Rallye,
Pat Ryan (a very good Clayton’s Tail End Charlie) – Triumph Explorer 1200XCA, and
Greg Gleason (Ride Leader) – Herman the BMW K1300 S Motorsport.
We’d be the first to admit that the turnup won’t set a new Club record. But the quality (if not the quantity) was there!! And the forecast was a bit too pessimistic compared to what really happened. We headed off up to Yarra Glen in heavy traffic, with the Hon Vince Green champing at the bit (at the back of a line of 200 cars and horse floats). They all headed up the Yarra Valley, and we headed up the hill to Christmas Hills (what a short, if sensational set of bends). We followed the main road to Kangaroo Ground, then north to Panton Hill. Down intriguing Church Road, up Cottle’s Bridge Road to turn off up the little known but much loved Hildebrand Road and then down the no less enchanting School Road to St Andrews.
OK – we all misread the 60km/h limit, but did so without penalty. Were it not for 8 of the world’s slowest cars, the climb to Kinglake would have been epic – in fact, I’m surprised we’re not still there………
At the outset, the Hon Vince Green said “don’t tell me where we’re going….” So I didn’t!! He pulled out at Kinglake – we went on to Healesville (Beechworth Bakery) but we could have had morning tea at Kinglake if I’d known – Vince is like all politicians – totally selfless and just wants what’s best for his constituents!
Saddened by his departure, we forgot all about him as the Toolangi Forest roads quickly dried to give us some much needed grip. Some of the bark looked like it had been there 5 minutes – quickly, we all learned the truth, happily without mishap.
Alas, the warmth of the Beechworth Bakery had worked it’s magic and we pulled the pin, the ride leader’s home renovations a beckoning call to return home.
It was a great ride – superb roads, but too many slow cars and a mild shortage of grip that saw all of us cover a bit of “extra ground” at some stage.
Thanks to Pat Ryan who stood in as Tail End Charlie (when you’re not having a Tail End Charlie – the most challenging way to fulfil that role), and to the 4 guys that turned up despite the weather predictions.
Next week sees the AGM in Mt Waverley – come along, if only to either support your club, volunteer in some way, or better still see if I can cook scones or pikelets……. Bring Quik Eze.... See you there!!