Fifteen people assembled at Dandenong on a near perfect winter’s day for Alf’s ride to Drouin.
Samuel readily volunteered to do tail end duties and we were all so busy enjoying general camaraderie
(Terry's tyre being disucssed)
that we were actually a few minutes late getting under way. It was also great to see Ron Blomley back on the bike after his recent operation.
We rode off in glorious sunshine (yes we were all dressed for warmth but it was so much more pleasant than the fog and cold of the previous week), quickly got off the highway and enjoyed the scenery of Narre Warren North
before going through Emerald. Then it was the ridges and curves of Paternoster Rd with beautiful views to both the mountains on one side and the bays on the other. Then it was down the hills again to Pakenham North and the old highway to
Nar Nar Goon where we stopped for a rest break and to take in the excellent murals
of that town. I said “rest break” because it transpired that the bakery café in Nar Nar Goon which boasted on its sign that it was open seven days per week was in fact closed on this long weekend Sunday! Grrr! Oh well at least there were facilities to deal with the other needs of nature and many of us did have flasks of coffee.
Alf then led us south to Bayles and we crossed some bridges over interesting waterways
which officialdom had named as drains
rather than channels or creeks! Looked good anyway and made for enjoyable riding. We then rode some flat farming country through to Ripplebrook and then enjoyed some more bends, forest and hills before arriving in Drouin for lunch after a relatively short and interesting ride.
Lunch was a very relaxed affair in the park in sunshine.
I will comment on the fascinating variety of members’ bikes by detailing them as best I can. BMW was well represented by Stefan on his club plated K100, Ron on his high mileage K1200, Greg on his K1300s, Carlo on his K1200GT, Jack on his ex police R1200, Jeff on his liquid cooled 1200GS and Samuel on his air cooled 1200GS. Honda was represented by Andrew on his Deauville and me on my ST1300. Kawaski was represented by Alf on his Versys and Moto Guzzi by Tez. Yamaha was represented by Dennis on his MT 07, Gaz on his FJR1300 and Vince on his XJR 1300.
I must also extend a very special thanks to Alf for coming up from Korumburra to lead a Melbourne Branch ride. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
As an added bonus, quite a few of us returned to the eastern suburbs via Neerim and Powelltown. This normally great ride was enhanced by the fact that I did not encounter one vehicle travelling in my direction between Neerim North and Gladysdale so I got to really enjoy the mountains, curves and scenery without having to deal with any traffic at all.