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Mike's Officer to Mirboo North via the Grand Ridge Road 2 02 20

Submitted by Sailbad The Sin... on Mon, 03/02/2020 - 10:31am

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Ulysses Club Melbourne Branch – Ride Report
Sunday 2nd Feb 2020.  Officer to Mirboo North via Grand Ridge Road.

Leader – Mike Fittall – BMW R1200RS
TEC – Holly Fields – Suzuki V Strom
Photos – John Cook – Honda ST1300, Greg Gleason – BMW K1300 S
Other Participants:
John M – Triumph Sprint               Ian – BMW 800GS                            Brian L – very new BMW R1250 GS
Jack – BMW R1200GSA                  Sam – BMW R1250GSA                  Colin – BMW R 1250GSA              
Jeff – BMW R1250GSA                   Andrew – Yamaha Tracer GT       Steve – Honda Goldwing
Les – Yamaha FJR1300                    Pat R – Triumph 1200XCA             Tom – Triumph Speed Triple 675 Reece – Yamaha Niken                    Stewart – Honda Valkyrie             and from Sth Gippsland Branch
Alf – KTM 1190 Adventure           Pat – Suzuki V Strom
The Ride:
18 bikes left Officer, to cruise down Princes Hwy to Pakenham, across swamp country past Koo Wee Rup onto South Gippsland Hwy.  A left turn off at Lang Lang for more interesting roads, through Nyora up the bends to Poowong and onto Bena via bumpy Bass Valley Road, where sticks, bark and gravel etc on the road added to the fun. Into Korumburra for coffee stop at Kelly’s Bakery. Alf and Pat from South Gippsland branch joined us for morning tea and we continued towards Mirboo North.
We headed north on the Korumburra - Warragul road, a lovely piece of road up high but with the surface now beaten up by trucks. In spite of the impeccable BMW GPS, our leader turned early onto gravel (added bonus so Brian could test the new BMW R1200GS, and allowed others to test their skills) then onto sealed Grand Ridge Road via Seaview, Trida, Hallston and into Mirboo North.
A wonderful piece of road mostly running along the high ground, with sweepers, tight bends and, for virtually its entire length, a variety of scenery. The pace was lively despite sticks/bark/general crap left by the storm the day before. Up front, Mike was pushed along by Jack and Colin – a good time was had by all (except perhaps a surprised small black wallaby on the side of the road).
Lunch and lies at the bakery.  A group decided the road was so good we went back the way we came, including the sealed section missed on the way in.  John Cook took the lead, With Greg, Mike, Les. John and Stewart following,  John Cook took the lead, so there was the obligatory u-turn when a reasonably obvious signpost was missed.  However, again the pace was brisk and nobody complained about the opportunity to double our fun for the day.
Thanks to Mike as Ride Leader, Holly for TEC duties, and John & Greg for pics and videos.
A great day out!!!  Photos Here



Greg cheeky  I knew, that to avoid returning via the gravel I had to ignore a left turn at some stage.  indecision  In my defence, I was having so much fun with the road and scenery, I just avoided the wrong left turn blush.  Secondly, practising  low speed manoeuvres is never wasted coolwink and we did get to see a bit more.  

I confess to having a chuckle because I saw the turnoff and slowed down!!  Yes it too was a nice road......  In fact, they were all nice roads, including the gravel!!
So I included gravel in the published videos - links to follow, and the 2nd last one is proof of just how much fun we were having.......





Greg Gleason