Last week’s planned mid-week ride through the Otways had to be postponed due to the severe weather and torrential rain that most of Victoria copped. Things were not looking a whole lot better in the weather forecast for this week. However, the weather gods smiled upon us and we enjoyed a brilliant Spring day for the ride. We left Waurn Ponds McDonalds and travelled to Gellibrand for morning tea via Deans Marsh. From here, we rode up to Lavers Hill then turned on to the Great Ocean Road and really enjoyed the twisty roads through the bush to Apollo Bay. We ‘dined’ at the Apollo Bay bakery in beautiful sunshine, the fuelled up and headed for Geelong via Forrest. (The GOR is closed at Skene’s Creek due to land slides) All up, the roads were dry, the traffic was light and the company was great. Thanks to Don W for Tail-End-Charlie duties.
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Photo credit Graham Aitken
At Apollo Bay – photo credit Graham Aitken
We had a near perfect winter’s day for today’s ‘mystery ride’ led by Mac MacB. There were 20 motorcycles with 26 people (and one canine) aboard for the run out through Ceres and up to the Inverleigh Bakery for morning tea and then on to Colac for lunch, via the Cressy Road, Eurak Road and Ballarat-Colac Road. From Colac it was a quick run out to Deans Marsh for another stop and then on to Moriac where the ride finished. It was planned as a low kilometer day, with lengthy breaks and plenty of time to chat as the order of the day. Well done to Mac for an enjoyable route and thanks to the sidecar trio of John, Lauri and Storm for Tail-End-Charlie duties.
Greg’s ‘new-to him’ mint condition Beemer.
Downtown Inverleigh on a Sunday morning
“Go forth and multiply your motorcycle collection Jim….”
A nice arvo for socialising in Deans Marsh
Tough job to pick the brothers in this shot!
The Tail-End-Charlie team back in Moriac
Twelve motorcycles with 13 participants headed off from the Corio Roadhouse to St Arnaud to sample Dave & Colleens BBQ lunch. It was scheduled as a ‘long ride’ of around 520 kms. It was a pretty chilly ride with the morning temps averaging around 4C – 7C and the afternoon a little warmer, but still under 10C. Gentle led us on an excellent range of backroads, with a morning tea stop at Creswick, and a fuel stop at Maryborough on the way up. In addition to the (non) burning of snags, Colleen received her 10 year membership badge. Both DaveThe Bastard & Coll made us very welcome at their unique and incredibly energy efficient home. After a great desert and hot drinks, and just as the afternoon drizzle started, we headed for home. The route was via Moonambel, Amphitheatre and down to Beaufort for a fuel top up, then to Rokewood via Carngham and Smythesdale. It was a great winter run and I wound up doing 565 kms for the day door to door. Thanks to Ron for leading a great ride and Rob for being Tail-End-Charlie.
A warm up with hot drinks at Creswick
Group shot at the Black Duck
Some of Dave & Colleen’s parking lot
Still cold and a little wet at Beaufort on the way home
Jimbo collected some firewood!
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Halls Gap was the destination for Sunday’s long ride. A couple of days prior the weather forecast looked pretty bad with showers and cold winds forecast. However, after showers on Saturday it appeared that it wouldn’t rain again until Sunday night, although it would be quite a cold day. Eight of us gathered at Waurn Ponds Maccas for the ride led by Rob V and we then met up with another three at Bannockburn. The temp was hovering around 7-8C, until we hit some fog which made things difficult for quite a few kilometres, and the temp halved to around 4C in the fog. I cranked up my heated grips to keep my hands nice and toasty. The plan was for morning tea at Skipton, where we would be joined by the Ballarat Branch and the Grampians Branch – having ridden down (from Stawell) to meet us. Phil and Tanya met us at Skipton, boosting the Geelong Branch representation to 13, pretty good for a long ride (500kms) just a few days before the winter solstice.
Rob did a great job of leading the combined large group to Halls Gap via numerous back roads – I had no idea where we were most of the time! Thanks also to Phil R as Tail-End-Charlie.
Warming up in Skipton.
This thing flew!
It was a lovely sunny day in Halls Gap. Riding into town I realised that I had forgotten just how pretty this place is. We all headed off to various eating spots, although the bakery proved to be the firm favourite – so good were the pasties that some went back for seconds! We socialised a bit and then said our farewells to the Ballarat and Stawell folk and saddled up for the ride home.
By this time the temp was around 13C and we rode quite a scenic route out of town. I noticed a mob of ‘roos and some emus in a paddock just as we left, but fortunately they were the only ones I spotted. Rob led us down the Yarram Gap Rd to Derrinallum via Vite Vite. At Derrinallum Foles was waiting for us, having ridden down from Wannon on his new BMW F800GS. The new BM, Foles’ prior exploits on his old GS1150 (including cracked ribs) proved to be the centre of conversation and banter.
From here we made a good pace down the Hamilton Hwy to Inverleigh, where the ride finished. I had a really enjoyable day of riding. It was 515 kms all up which is a long day in low temperatures, made a little more challenging in the morning by icy fog. However, everyone had suitable gear for the conditions and we had an enjoyable, incident free ride with great camaraderie within our group and with the two other branches who joined us for some of the ride. Again, well done to Rob for planning and leading his first ride and to Phil as TEC.
Peter T led a terrific ride for lunch at the Beeac Hotel via Forrest for morning tea. It was a perfect winter’s morning. Although chilly at first, there was not a breath of wind and the sun shone virtually all day. We had around 20 riders depart from Geelong, and were met by Phil & Tanya and Bill & Lynn at Beeac.
Photo credit Graham Aitken
A fuel stop in Colac, though few needed it.
Some of the bikes at Beeac. Look at all that blue sky!
Photo credit Graham Aitken.
The meals at the pub were great, as was the riding. Thanks to Peter T for planning an interesting route and leading the ride, and also to Graham A for TEC duties.
Twenty-one motorcycles rendezvoused at Waurn Ponds Maccas for a ride to Meredith for lunch. The birthday boy, John G, led us on a convoluted route for morning tea at Foxy’s in Meredith, then on a 120km loop around the district followed by a very pleasant lunch at the Meredith Hotel.
Birthday greetings for John
Branch Quartermaster and Welfare Officer. Digital technology has managed to alter them somehow in this pic!
Don (and Jan) rolled in for lunch
Everyone enjoying the lunch and get-together.(Pic courtesy of Gentle)