Ulysses Melbourne Branch
Ride Report – President’s Lal Lal Falls 1984 Re-enactment Ride 12th Jan 2020
Brian - BMW R1200GS (Leader) Bill - Suzuki V Strom (Tail End Charlie)
John C - Honda ST1300 (Photos & return ride leader) Greg - Suzuki Hayabusa (Photos)
Colin - BMW R1250GSA (Return Trip TEC) John M - Triumph Sprint
Reece - Yamaha Niken Steve – Honda Gold Wing
Jeff – BMW R1250 GSA Carlo & Dorrit – BMW K1200GT
Shamus – Ducati Panigale Dennis – Ducati Monster
Rick – Triumph Tiger Stewart – Honda Valkyrie
Mike – BMW R1200 RS Samuel – BMW R1250GSA
Julian – Victory Pat – Triumph XCA
Andrew – Tracer GT
Back in 1984, our branch founders ran a ride to Korumburra to gauge interest in forming the Melbourne Branch. It was a success so the newly formed Branch ran its first official ride to Lal Lal Falls. When this was unearthed in past records of the Branch, a re-enactment ride was proposed – having visited the area in his university days, Brian (the Prez) took up the challenge to lead the re-enactment ride.
An interesting take on Ardeer to Meredith for morning tea had a few checking their bearings!! The second half was even more fun – through Elaine ad the wind farms on a roundabout route that stretched the 25km from Meredith to Lal Lal Falls by almost another 75km!! Some great roads, some sights and geography we don’t often see and some bumpy surfaces that made it a challenge to stay connected to the saddle!!
We called at the Falls to find no water cascading, despite some rain during the preceding week, but a picturesque and popular spot – particularly popular with about 2 million bush flies!! After an inspection from the lookout, we mounted up, with many lunching at the Lal Lal Falls Hotel and the remainder heading homewards. Two weeks in a row, the food was excellent and the owners are a very nice couple. Someone has already suggested making the ride an annual event, which I personally think is a great idea.
The Ride Home:
After lunch, John Cook led us home and backtracked many of the morning’s excellent roads – I for one have not traversed the Brisbane Ranges road back to Anakie eastbound and the views are stunning!! With waves and horn toots, we progressively peeled off the freeway to make our way home – all in all, a great ride and a great celebration of our branch founding predecessors!!
Thanks to Brian (ride leader), Bill (TEC), John (pics and homeward bound leader) and Colin (homeward bound TEC). Next week, a pelican feeding extravaganza awaits our interest with Greg G’s Officer to San Remo ride!!
Sailbad The Sinner
Edited by John Cook The picture gallery is here: https://ulyssesmelb.com/ride-album/lal-lal-ride-january-2020
I have added about 20 photos to the Ride Album - I have loaded 3 videos on my You Tube Channel and I'll post the videos on the Facebook Page!! Sailbad (Greg)