Ride report follows:
Ulysses Club – Melbourne Branch
Ride report – Mike Fittall’s Kalkallo/Maldon Ride 20 1 19
Mike Fittall (BMW R1200RS) ride leader Holly Field (Suzuki V Strom) Tail End Charlie
Greg Gleason (Triumph Thruxton R) Photographer and reporter at large
Vince Green (Suzuki V Strom) Vince’s mate (yes, he has one…) BMWR1200RT
Reese (BMW F800GT) – visitor Garry & Wendy (Victory Jackpot) Robert (Triumph Tiger 800)
Pat Ryan (Triumph Explorer 1200XCA) Dennis Alessi (Ducati Monster)
Andrew Kennedy (Yamaha Tracer GT) Jack Fei (BMW R1200GSA) Ian Monk (Kawasaki W800)
Brian “The Prez” Lacey (BMW R12100GS)
Wow – blue skies, gentle breezes and great roads – no surprise to find 14 bikes raring to go!! Special mention to Dennis Alessi - arrived early, despite doing a chain re-tension at home before he left!! In fact, most riders were quite early at the start point - must have been the nice morning.....
Mike is a thinker – he likes to string tight bits, sweepers, scenery and a bit of challenge into a ride…. He got this one totally right. We left Kalkallo and backhanded to Wallan. From there, we headed off towards Darraweit Guim, but the sweepers from there to Romsey are irresistible, so the delightful Darraweit Guim to Bolinda Twisties gave way to the sweepers leading us to Woodend and then on to Trentham. After a pleasant break (where we all discussed “New Year so new bike” for Earl Green of Mernda, the First also known as the Hon Vince Green, Ulysses Local Member for Mernda).
It was great to see the Kawasaki W800 out for a play – pity our reporter can’t remember the owner’s name!! Great to meet Reese on his BMW F800GT – a keen Ulyssian, enjoying the benefits of crossing the “branch border” to ride with brother (oops, sorry Holly - and sister) Ulysseans.
After morning tea, we turned a cold shoulder to some stupid redneck road rage (why do so many of these prawns need only 2 digits to both a) express unwarranted offence and b) show their IQ?). We took a deep breath and continued through the shade dappled Black Hills to the outskirts of Daylesford where we turned north past Mount Franklin, through Newstead (or is that “Oldstead?”) and in to Maldon for a very nice and very chatty lunch.
Thereafter, groups and individuals headed off home. Your reporter Greg and ride leader Mike took the “brownie points” option – a fast blat down the freeway, only to find we both beat the “where have you been?” deadline, so we both live to fight another day.
Many thanks to Mike for a great, varied, challenging, (legally) quick and enjoyable ride. Once again, we all enjoyed the day, the camaraderie and the roads. Thanks too to Holly Field who took on Tail End Charlie duties. I personally thought the photos were good, but as ride reporter, I can’t really thank myself!!!
John Cook is leading an Australia Day Long Weekend Ride to Tallangatta – if it’s anything like last year, it’ll be a blast!! (Granya Gap and Jingellic are a very high likelihood!!) You’ll need accommodation that you’ll have to arrange for yourself, but contact John if you can make it!!