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Ride Report – 22nd July 2018
Pat Ryan’s Officer to Yarra Glen Ride Via Healesville and Toolangi
Ten riders, including a first timer (Julian on a very impressive Victory cruiser), lined up at the new meet point at the Shell Servo in Officer. Samuel Sun was to be number 11, but the geography got the better of him and he never managed to rendezvous with the main group. At the first turn, we were in the good roads, winding through to Split Rock!! Great start point, this one!!
Through Emerald to Avonsleigh, and up the delightful Macclesfield Road – such good riding so early in the ride. Julian proved that clearance is something to be managed, not feared as we made a healthy pace to Woori Yallock and then to the Beechworth Bakery at Healesville, joining the other 6,241 motorcyclists who think a “Choc Chilli and Chorizo” pie is motorcycling’s Nirvana….. (By the way, Greg, how was it??)
As it happens, we were back roading it to the east side of Healesville, corner marking “right” then “right” at the same time as another group were in the same playground, but corner marking “left” then “left”.
We then headed off up the Myers Creek Road (the “flip flop” cornering mecca of the local scene) and we then cut back to Toolangi – Greg’s tiny toy Triumph was in its element – he couldn’t stop smiling afterwards. Mike Fittall is getting to know (and love) his new BMW R1200RS – some serious smiles from there too. Geoff’s Royal Enfield Classic doesn’t mind the occasional corner either – some happy boys out on a Sunday special…..
A few more glorious curves and into Kinglake. Sadly, the Hon. Vincent Green (Ulysses Local Member for the Seat of Mernda) had to part ways with us and make his way home. Those left who continued got half way down the escarpment road before a “Toorak tractor” spent the remainder of the magnificently tight & technical St Andrew’s Road showing us how slowly a modern internal combustion engine can go………
But at the Butterman’s Track turnoff, the 4WD kept heading for St Andrew’s!! And we hit the superbly challenging Butterman’s Track to Yarra Glen – reverse cambers, severe crests, ruts and scenery to die for – what a fantastic road!!
All too soon it was over – Geoff, Andrew, Julian and Jack headed homewards, while Brian, Mike, Andrew, Pat and Greg soaked up the sunshine over a light lunch. Pat, Mike and Greg decided you can’t have too much of a good thing – they high-tailed it to the Christmas Hills Road to Kangaroo Ground for those 25 last good corners before the ride home gets boring!!
All in all, a terrific branch ride!! Thanks Pat as leader, and Brian (the Prez) for taking on the Tail End Charlie role. And thanks everyone else for coming along….. Andrew Kennedy’s rides are always good and well thought out – he’s leading one next Sunday to Seymour that’ll be too good to miss. See you then.