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Greg G's Selfish View of the 4 Points Ride 7 06 20

Submitted by Sailbad The Sin... on Mon, 08/06/2020 - 7:56pm

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Ulysses Club Inc. – Melbourne Branch
Ride Report – “My Selfish View of the 4 Points Ride 7 06 20".
Present:

Greg G - (BMW S1000XR HP) - one quarter of the day’s ride leaders
Steve Bailes - (Goldwing) – the best? quarter of the day’s TEC’s
Greg Rees - (Triumph Tiger) – ex Branch President
Dimitrios Tzatzaris – Yamaha V Star – first ride with us….
Rick Rycken - (Triumph Tiger) – Club Treasurer
Geoff Shugg - (Honda CBF1000)… ps – I want one…
Reece Issac - (Yamaha Niken)
And looking a bit like Jeff Pav - (BMWR1250 GSA) was our actual participant, John Taylor on his Honda NC750X (apologies John!!)
 
The Ride:
The grand plan was to celebrate life off the leash!!  We can ride again, and 35 of us took up the offer (8 from Officer, 3 from Kalkallo, 9 from Ardeer and 15 from Lilydale).  And Huey did not let us down.  After some moisture initially for some start points, clear blue (but not that warm) skies ensued for the remainder of the day!!  And when 35 of us arrived to a socially distanced end point at Nagambie, it could not have got any warmer!!!
In our case, we set off 15 minutes earlier (was supposed to be 30 minutes earlier) – down Officer Road, Salisbury Road, Emerald, Sylvan - the Dandy’s were remarkably traffic free till Greg got geographically challenged and did consecutive loops of the very delightful Mt Evelyn CBD!!  Off then to Kinglake for some obligatory group split (“come back, come back”) – they did, and off we headed to Strath Creek and Kerrisdale, en route to Seymour.  But we’d been a bit late (cutting laps of Mt Evelyn) so with Mike Fittall’s Ardeer Group, we cheated and hit the freeway to Nagambie to make up lost time (don’t tell John Cook….).  Once there, the buzz alone made it all worthwhile!!  I chatted to 30 people and still felt guilty about the few I missed.  We headed home, most of us following a delightful  John Cook.  Longwood Road past Mitchelton Winery, across the Highlands Road, the Ghin Ghin Road, goodbyes at Yea and then the crushing boredom of the road from Yarra Glen to Highett!!
Our Bit:
In our case, we set off 15 minutes earlier than the other 3 groups (was supposed to be 30 minutes earlier) – down Officer Road, Salisbury Road, Emerald, Sylvan - the Dandy’s were remarkably traffic free till Greg got geographically challenged and did consecutive loops of the (very delightful) Mt Evelyn CBD!!  Off then to Kinglake for some obligatory group split (“come back, come back”) – they did, and off we headed to Strath Creek and Kerrisdale, en route to Seymour.  But we’d been a bit late (cutting laps of Mt Evelyn) so with Mike Fittall’s Ardeer Group, we cheated and hit the freeway to Nagambie to make up lost time (don’t tell John Cook….).  Once there, the buzz alone made it all worthwhile!!  I chatted to 30 people and still felt guilty about the few I missed.  Longwood Road past Mitchelton Winery, across the Highlands Road, the Ghin Ghin Road, goodbyes on the road side near Yea and then the crushing boredom of the road from Yarra Glen to Highett!!
 Appreciation:
Roger Foot – the "Social Engineer" who brought this sensational ride into being!!  Mike Fittall, who took Roger’s concept and made it happen (brilliantly).  John Cook, Mike Fittall and Brian Lacey (the other 3 pillar ride leaders) and the TEC’s – Steve Bailes, Ian Smalley and those I didn’t catch up with!!  Legends all of you!!  As Lord Collingwood (a Churchill war time Cabinet Minister) once said of war cabinets – “I never really felt that I contributed anything, but I always came away feeling that I had been present at a great occasion!!” 
And a quick shout out - Dimi Tzitsziras a new member rode from Warragul to be part of the fun!!  Well done - Dimi.  A BIG ride!!
Mike has an Apollo Bay ride next Sunday – it will be excellent as always!!  I am helping the photographer extraordinaire John Cook take photos!!  Please let me know which is the “good side” for both you and your bike!!  Above all – don’t miss it!!
Cheers
Sailbad
#65231
The photos of the ride are here: https://ulyssesmelb.com/ride-album/superb-4-points-ride-7-06-20#

 

Comments

Not that I’d ever correct Greg, but it seems Jeff Pav is clever indeed as I have photographic proof he started at Lilydale! wink
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I will start at the finish – We had a great day and many thanks to all who came along and all who made it happen.

I was joined at Lilydale by Andrew, Ian T, Jack, Jeff, Neville, Pat, Samuel, Stewart, Tom, Vaughan plus Ian S doing TEC duty for the entire ride.  Once a certain BM rider arrived, we rode out and immediately left the highway and checked out Melba Park, The Croquet lawns, the museum and theatre before riding north along Castella Street which still had quite a few trees shedding autumn leaves.  I kept the route fairly simple and we rode past the airport to Yarra Glen and then took in some sunny open roads and views to Healesville and back before heading up the Melba to Glenburn at a decent clip despite a bit of traffic.  From there it was an open ride with views over some very green countryside via Strath Creek and Trawool where I’m sure I crossed a “Traawool” Creek before arriving in Seymour to meet the others.
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 Brian and his group from Kalkallo arrived.  Greetings were exchanged and some members perused the offerings at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial while we had a relaxing break.  I contacted Mike who had led his group from Ardeer and was taking a break elsewhere in town to ensure we weren’t breaching social distancing guidelines.  I also spoke to Greg, who was leading a group from Officer (the furthest point), once he arrived and decided to head out so that we wouldn’t overload stores at Nagambie on arrival.  That proved to be a good decision as Nagambie was much busier than I would have expected and there were queues and delays buying lunch.     Luckily there was plenty of room to spread out and a number of options for buying food. 
On arrival in Nagambie, we were welcomed by local member David Voight #527 which was great.
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David has recently overcome some health issues and had also recovered from serious riding injuries when participating in our Odyssey back in 2017.  He was also able to reminisce about Ulysses meetings at the Bankstown Aero Club back around 1984 with members including our founding father; the late “Old No 1” - Stephen Dearnley.   It was simply great to have a chat with such a senior member who has very interesting tales to tell and importantly great that he is still getting enjoyment out of his Ulysses membership.   I believe this is an example of camaraderie at its best.
Time passed all too quickly and we had to head out and ride home again before it got dark and cold.    We rode out past Mitchelton Winery and took the scenic route along Northwood Road past horse studs and beside the river back into Seymour.  From there we headed into the hills and rode through Highlands before stopping near Yea to bid farewell to members heading off in assorted directions.    On the way back to the eastern suburbs some of us enjoyed a last diversion via Murrindindi before re-joining the Melba Highway. The temperature did drop significantly as we crossed the Great Divide before dropping back down to Dixons Creek.  That final cold bit reminded me that I may well consider some heated gloves soon.     Heated gloves were discussed earlier in the morning at Seymour while I was trying to thaw very cold fingertips!  Oh dear – the things we confront as we grow less young!   
Many thanks to all who came along and made it a great day.  I believe I did at least 200 km less than Dimitrios who I believe rode all the way from Warragul area to join Greg’s ride from Officer.   While I used less fuel than some (I’m still on the same tank I was on before the start), the Honda did manage to sacrifice yet another back tyre to the gods of enjoyable back roads
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 – and tyres are dearer than fuel! crying

Cheers

John Cook