Ride Report follows:
Ulysses Club – Melbourne Branch
Ride Report – Brian “The Prez” Lacey’s “Not 2019’s First Ride” – 6 1 19
Brian Lacey (Ride Leader) – BMW R1200GS
Jack Fei (Tail End Charlie) – BMW R1200GS Adventure
Greg Gleason (Photographer) – Triumph Thruxton R
Vincent Green Esq – Kawasaki Versys 1000 Julian – Indian Chieftain (?)
Sir Les Cox - Yamaha FJR 1300 (NZ Cultural Attache) Jeff – BMW R1200GS Rallye
John Markham – Triumph Bonneville Sprint Colin Voss – Aprilia Caponord 1200
Robert – Triumph Tiger 800 Marty – Honda Blackbird (CBR XX)
We left Ardeer in building sunshine!! What a day to be on 2 wheels….. Off the freeway at Leakes Road and north across the edge of the Black Hills. Over the Calder, up over Mt Macedon (gee that pub looks inviting) and via the “long” way (3 Chains Road/Burke & Wills Track) to Lancefield for morning tea.
The Hon Vince Green (Ulysses Local Member for Mernda) left us with his gardening in mind (gasp – can’t be so…) and the remainder flashed through Baynton, Langley and Edgecombe and on the old Calder Highway. Passing the Old Mill, Kyneton and Woodend, we slipped through the Black Forest to lunch in Gisborne. After a relaxed lunch (the Jolly Miller did well out of us), we made our various ways home. Brian and Greg went off in search of petrol, finally finding some in the cultural heart of Sunbury, before a spin round St Kilda and the beach led us to a brownie point gathering early arrival home!!
23 degrees, light to moderate southerly winds and crystal clear skies – ah Melbourne, the world’s most motorcyclable city!! (It used to be “most liveable city”, but when you’ve ridden the northern hills on a day like today, it just does not get any better!!)
See You All Next Week:
Next Sunday sees our first official ride for the new year, with John Cook leading us from Lilydale to Jerusalem Creek in a ride in honour of Bob Tate!! If you haven’t done this one before, don’t miss it!! Great and varied roads (including the Skyline Road), lookouts of great quality, and more!! Last year, Greg met some German tourists just below Skyline whilst waiting to photograph the group. They exchanged a BMW Motorrad Berliner Klub official cap for Greg’s Sail Melbourne cap – little doubt who came off best in that little “foreign” exchange!! See you there!!