Ulysses Club -combined branches Yea ride

A good turn out of the Geelong branch met up with the Melbourne, Whittlesea and Echuca branches in Lancefield for a group ride to Yea. Gentle did a brilliant job of navigating down scenic back roads that most of us had never been on before. After some early fog in Geelong, it became a perfect Spring day with the temp hovering around 18C – 20C for much of the ride and not a cloud in the sky.

Below: Pic of me leaving Lancefield, courtesy of John Cook

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Victorian Breakfast Club – September

This months meeting was at the Tread Cafe in Harcourt. Around 26 people attended and at last Spring is here. Nine Geelong riders attended, with four going on to Echuca for the weekend and the rest of us taking the scenic route home via Malmsbury, Trentham and Greendale. Thanks to ‘Gentle’ for leading the way.

The scenery around Harcourt is stunning, with lots of orchards and vineyards and great views from the nearby Mt Alexander.

Victorian Breakfast Club – August

The destination for the August VBC was meant to be the quirky pub at Corindhap, but had to be changed to Rokewood at the 11th hour. Despite be a pretty ordinary winter’s day weather-wise, around  27 Ulyssians turned up. There were riders from Echuca, Stawell, Ballarat. Melbourne and Geelong present.

Below: Sorting out the winner of the bottle of red wine

Below: One of the chainsaw carvings along the Avenue of Honour in Corindhap

 

Mungo National Park

“You must be nuts” is the response of most people when we said we were going camping with our regular camping buddies in the middle of one of the coldest Victorian winters in years. And furthermore, there was an Antartic blast forecast for the weekend when we were leaving. Our original destination of Robe was dumped due to the dire forecast and so we headed for Mungo National Park, about 110 kms North of Mildura. The road in has 88 kms of dirt road which was slushy in places on the way in and just horrible sticky mud after rain on the way out.

Video courtesy of Margy R

Lots of emus, ‘roos and wild goats around.

After a few days at Mungo, we headed back to the Sunraysia National Park near Ouyen and camped at the Pink Lakes – Lake Crosbie specifically.

Lots more pics by clicking HERE, then select ‘Slideshow’

Malmsbury run

Sunday 19th July I led a ride to the Moto-Bean cafe at Malmsbury and the nearby Mt Alexander. I only took a couple of pics and forgot to take any at Moto- Bean, however, some older pics from a prior ride can be viewed HERE

Fellow Ulyssian from Melbourne (and former prolific blogger) Raymond Herd met us at Ballan for morning tea and then rode to the cafe with us. Just as we were leaving when another friend and Ulyssian from Bendigo, Rob H, showed up. Sorry we didn’t really get a chance to have much of a chat Rob!

It was chilly when I left home.

Grassy’s new Honda CTX 1300. This is the first one that I’ve seen.

Stopped at Mt Alexander

View from Mt Alexander.

Unfortunately it was a boring run home from Newstead onwards, however, I wanted to get us back as quickly as possible as the temperature had remained under 8C for virtually all of the trip and there were a couple of new riders who were feeling the pinch with the combination of the distance and cool temps. All up, approx 365 kms for the day.

 

Lexton pub for lunch

On Sunday 21st June I took a winter ride with the Ulysses club to the Lexton pub for a roast lunch. It was clear and sunny, however, only around 6C – 8C for much of the trip. The pub did a great job of serving around 24 of us really quickly and the food was great as well.

Morning tea at Gordon.

Happy riders after lunch

A selection of motorcycles

Did I mention that it was cold? Here’s Robyn checking out ‘Tall Paul’s’ new Triumph.

All up I covered around 415kms for the day and rode some roads that I’ve never been on before. A great winter’s day out.

Cold run to Camperdown

Between shifting house and completing a Uni course I haven’t had much any time for riding in the past couple of months. I was planning a ride as I’d met all my obligations and as fate would have it I received a call from Geoff asking if I’d like to come for a mid week ride – so of course I jumped at it. It was a pretty cool day at around 10C – 11C for most of the ride, however, the rain held off. With the wonders of GoreTex lined gear, heated grips and some new merino wool socks and I was comfortable all day. We traveled some interesting back roads, skirting around the lakes near Colac and then dined in Camperdown at a nice bakery that was doing a very brisk trade. All up we did around 315 kms. Thanks Geoff for a great day out. I’m hanging out for the next Ulysses Club ride on Wed 17th, unfortunately the weather forecast isn’t great. It is winter I guess!

 

Above, Graham, Geoff and ‘Tiger’ at the end of the ride.
Tiger’s Thruxton in the foreground, with Geoff’s new Bonneville in the background.