One of the many things I love about the Ulysses Club is the wonderful variety of people I have met over the years. They also ride a wonderful variety of bikes.
I must admit that in view of the accurate weather forecast (it reached 40 degrees), I do wonder about the sanity of our members at times!
Nine such disgraceful people arrived at Officer to enjoy Greg's ride to Wonthaggi and I was one of them. More foolish South Gippsland members met us at Korumburra.
As is normal on Melbourne Branch rides, we generally also get an amazing and lovely variety of bikes. Our leader was on his Thruxton today and his son was on the Hayabusa. Also seen at the start point were an Aprilia (RSV), BMW GS, Ducati Monster, Honda Deauville and ST 1300, Kawasaki W 800 and a Yamaha Fazer. The "Gippy" crew contribution to variety included a "new" old club plated Gold Wing, a Kawasaki ZZR and another ST1300.
On arrival at Officer, I initially thought I was late (I almost was) or had the wrong venue but happily I found them all sensibly hiding in the shade behind a building. Greetings were exchanged and we got going with Dennis doing TEC duty. We headed north and did a loop along the lovely winding section of Officer Road, where I failed photography despite my plans. I did get some nice photos of blank roads, disappearing back wheels and distorted bikes though . Damn !! We looped back around to Pakenham, rode back roads to Drouin and south towards Poowong, where Greg had a geographical dispute with his GPS. This enabled me to sneak past and finally get a photo or two before we arrived at Korumburra, met with the South Gippsland Ulysseans, enjoyed a leisurely break and exchanged some disgraceful lies.
We then followed the simple but lovely road down to Wonthaggi. Some speed limits have been reduced down that way but the combination of road and scenery are still simply stunning. I hadn't actually ridden the direct route from Kongwak to Wonthaggi for quite a long time and really enjoyed it.
Here is a photo of Dennis at Kongwak
The crew disappeared into the Wonthaggi Workmen's Club for lunch and I bid them farewell as I had a busy afternoon plus visitors scheduled. It was a lovely day's riding despite some severe heat. I must admit to taking a diversion on my way home and enjoying the hills north of Archies Creek. I couldn't help but notice the smell of the bush fires around Grantville and also the wonderful work still being done by CFA volunteers who were still out there protecting their community while I was simply out enjoying myself.
Finally, thank you Greg for leading and planning the ride and to all who participated and created another great day of Ulyssean camaraderie . I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Link to ride photos followS: