We were again blessed with beautiful clear weather this year. Kris and I were joined by a small group (including a member and his son) at Lilydale for the ride up. We headed off shortly after 10.00 am and went straight out the highways to Glenburn before turning off through Break O Day, Flowerdale and Strath Creek to our morning tea stop at Trawool.
After scones were enjoyed in the sunny room overlooking the Goulburn Valley, we headed across to Tallarook and then north towards Seymour before turning off up Northwood Road, skirted some ancient wooden bridges over the Goulburn River
near Seymour and then continued up past Mitchelton to Nagambie.
We checked in
and then got down to the serious business of socialising. We found a sizable and convivial group already there and spread over a couple of sites with an ever expanding circle of chairs to accommodate new arrivals. That cosy arrangement had to be adjusted when the people on the adjoining site arrived to set up their caravan but it really didn’t interrupt the camaraderie.
The afternoon disappeared quickly and we then adjourned to the BBQ area beside the convention room and had a very convivial time sharing drinks, food and lies whilst meeting people from as far afield as WA, SA, NSW, the Mallee and East Gippsland.
Saturday morning greeted us with beautiful sunshine but some of those who slept under canvas commented that it had been rather cool overnight compared the weather in States further north.
A sizable group of us assembled for the Saturday ride
and we headed off across the flat country through Locksley and Longwood before heading up into the curves of the Divide, skirted Ruffy and then descended to Yarck for morning tea. During the morning tea break we had a chat with a State Highway Patrol member who was checking lots of motor bike – riders as part of the Victoria Police blitz being conducted over the weekend.
The conversation was amicable and it was the only contact we had with police during the ride despite seeing quite a few, plus the odd camera car.
Then it was off up the highway to Merton before turning off and over the lovely hills and curves with good surface towards Euroa before turning east towards Strathbogie along a much bumpier road and stopping at Polly McQuinns for a look at the weir, the swimming hole and some photos.
We then continued on through Strathbogie and into Euroa where we stopped for lunch at the bakery in the main street.
After a leisurely lunch and chat we headed north-west across flat country to the Goulburn Valley Highway, tracked back down to Nagambie and arrived back at base mid afternoon for some more camaraderie. Drinks on a few verandas overlooking the river were enhanced by watching many rowers returning downstream from a “Head of the Goulburn” rowing regatta.
That evening we utilised the onsite convention centre where a good value meal was served followed by some short formalities from our branch president, Greg
including a welcome to all who attended including National President Helena and David plus past president Kim and visitors from far and wide.
The live music from Denis Tucker
was well received and got quite a few up dancing.
Bomber Kerr from Ballarat
also entertained us again with some original poetry and the night was over all too quickly. We saw the evening out with a few nightcaps shared with a few others.
Sunday arrived, I chatted with a few attendees enjoying breakfast at the café overlooking the river and then it was time for me to pack up and vacate.
Quite a few stayed an extra day.
We said our farewells and then followed the highway back to Seymour to discover that the pub we had visited a month earlier was now closed. We visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
which really is worth a visit and ran into our entertainer Denis, who had actually performed in Vietnam all those years ago. We then lunched at a café near the impressive looking railway station before continuing along the lovely curves of the Goulburn Valley Highway to Yea at a sensible pace and then on home via the melba Highway.
We had a great weekend thanks to all who attended and with a special mention to Suzanne and David who took on the registration duties this year.