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’

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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.

 

Ulysses Otways Ride 150415

After thunderstorms before sunrise I was pessimistic about how many riders would actually turn up for today’s mid week ride. Around 20 riders did so and were rewarded with as good a day for riding the Otways as you could wish for. We completed a circuit – from Geelong to Gellibrand for morning tea, then onwards to Apollo Bay via Lavers Hill and the Great Ocean Road. After lunch at the Apollo Bay bakery we headed back to Geelong through Forrest with a brief stop at the West Barwon Dam. All up, around 310 kms in gorgeous Autumn weather.

Congratulations on the new Triumph Geoff!

Actually there were two new bikes, pictured side by side below.

A bit smokey in Apollo Bay

The fellas at West Barwon dam

Broadford Bike Bonanza 2015

I took my annual trip to the Broadford Bike Bonanza on Easter Sunday. It was a perfect autumn day for the event with no wind, plenty of sunshine and the temp around 22C. A friend of mine, Tim K, has come back to classic racing after a 20 plus year break and is in the process of shaking down a T500 Suzuki that he has recently rebuilt. So this was the first time for me to see his Suzuki in action, which was great and it always adds interest when someone you know is on the circuit. His Dad is an old hero of mine (see A Familiar Voice) and I was expecting to see him as well, however, he had some bike trouble on Saturday and didn’t stick around for Sunday. I arrived around 10.am and things were in full swing. The theme for this year was former Bathurst racers.

Below is a selection of some bikes that took my fancy.

Tim aboard the Suzuki T500

‘Beak’ on the ex- John Woodley Suzuki

A well-used, road going Norvin

I still love the attractive Honda CB750 Four transverse engine

How’s this for stepping back in time. I didn’t hear it running but I’m told it started first kick.

I saw this lady being photographed and wondered who she was. Tim knew that she is Peggy Hyde, a 1970’s road racer with considerable ability. It’s really well worth reading about her in this AMCN article HERE. Better still, listen to her at THIS LINK

 

Nice BMW in action

I have posted a gallery of pics HERE. I advise clicking on ‘Slideshow’ when you get to the page.