The ride report follows:
Ulysses Club Melbourne Branch
John Cook’s Australia Day Long Weekend Ride to Tallangatta – January 2018
John Cook (Honda ST 1300) Barry Fidler (Honda ST 1100)
Alf Dennemoser (Kawasaki Versys 1000) Samuel Sun (BMW R1200 GS)
Andrew Kennedy (Honda Deauville) Gary Clifton (Yamaha FJR1300)
Greg Gleason photographer – BMW K1300 S Motorsport)
We gathered at Lilydale and headed out through Yarra Glen to Yea, Bonnie Doon(to feel the serenity), Mansfield, Whitfield Gap, Milawa, Beechworth, Yackandandah, Tangambalanga (the locals call it “Tan Gam” for obvious reasons) and Tallangatta. The weather looked threatening at times but we “dry roaded” all the way in warmish to hot conditions. We settled in at the Victoria Hotel and got to know the locals – by the time dinner was over, some of our participants were at almost every other table chatting!! Lovely people.
Not as hot as it threatened and a great day for riding these winding and often challenging roads. A cooked breakfast in Corryong, then off to the engaging roads around Walwa before we sought shady but non alcoholic respite at the beautiful Jingelic Pub – it has everything, superb river frontage, ample quality camping space, big shady trees and a welcoming bar loaded with what appeared to be frosty local and mainstream brews. BUT – they don’t serve coffee!!! “we’re a pub”……
Refreshed, we pushed on through Burrowye, Thologolong and Bungil (along the sweeping, undulating and incredibly scenic river road!!) A quick pit and rehydration stop led us over to Granya (the sign said their folk music festival was on over the Australia Day weekend – not one fiddle, guitar or weissenborn to be seen anywhere…)
The only option was to console ourselves with a quick run over the Granya Gap – WOW!! Double WOW!! These magical and engaging bends gradually give way to sweepers and then broader curves (signposted as 60km and 70km, but we didn’t break stride with a constant and enjoyable 100+!! All too soon, it’s over and the Tallangatta speed signs come into view. A quick spin to the Lookout where some very nice locals took our “group” pics!! I say “group” as there were only 5 of us, Andrew and Sam having spent the day in the Snowy’s.
Again, we enjoyed a very nice meal at the pub, and chatted on the lawns till bedtime, the same rolling in a little quicker courtesy of some fine Irish Whisky and red wine courtesy of Barry Fidler.
Time to reluctantly head home – Andrew, Sam and Gaz were staying at the Tallangatta Hotel and opted for a 6am start. We got a call to that effect around 6am, arose as planned and headed home just before our 8am planned take off. Met some really nice HOG’s from Sydney heading to a Tasmanian rally over a morning cuppa – their 3 bikes were worth more than my house!!! Passing the Motel, there were another 20+ Harleys off to the same event.
We headed off back through Tan Gam, Yack (Yackandandah - the locals call it that as well…) where there was a vintage/veteran car rally. We ran down the Beechworth Chiltern Road, and had a late breakfast in Violetown. Then Euroa, Terip Terip, the “New Republic of the Kangaroo” north of Ghin Ghin (John proved it – you can pull up in time from 110 if the 2 kangaroos are big enough!!) With a very shaken ride leader, we jumped from Yea to Flowerdale, to Glenburn and Yarra Glen. Greg needed petrol so the group split at that stage.
The roads on the 3rd day were every bit up to the quality of the other two!! On behalf of the group, many thanks John for a 1120 km, 3 day ride filled with fun, fellowship and great riding!! Next year’s is in my diary already!! What better way to celebrate Australia Day than by experiencing just how great Australia is!!
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