The Great Ocean Road 2008

Some pics from this morning’s ride (actually Fri 25th Jan).

Memorial plaque at Mt Defiance.
Pic of me taken by placing the camera on a post & using the timer.


View from Mt Defiance roadside lookout.

The Arab in Lorne has a new Cafe beside it named Indian 201 mph.

It’s a motorcycle themed cafe with actual motorcycles around the walls inside & lots of memorabilia about.

More Great Ocean Road pics

These pics were not all taken on the same day, but they were all shot in Jan 2008 and are within 10 kms of each other.

Above: VFR at Big Hill
Below: Overlooking St Georges River mouth & the Great Ocean Road.

Koala with cub at Cumberland River.


Kookaburra pic courtesy of TJ Pearce.

Pete called in today on his 07 Fireblade. He’s done some tasteful mods such as Pazzo levers, Jardine pipe, braided brake lines and after market rear sets.

Hot New Year

Three of the West Coast Procrastinators got together to begin 2008 with a celebratory ride. That meant they needed to behave on New Year’s Eve, however, a good night’s sleep was not enjoyed by all as we experienced the hottest New Year’s Eve ever recorded in Geelong.

Yesterday it was 43C (yes, that’s 109F) during the day and incredibly was still 38C at midnight.

I rode solo from Geelong to just near Colac where Steve’s property is.

Despite being a total fireban day again, Jan 1st 2008 was, however, a good day to head to the hills as a cool change was on its way.

After last summer’s bushfires people are edgynow that it is getting hot – some Gov.t awareness advertising. I hope it works.


I headed from Geelong to Colac. When I left at 9.00am it was already 30C, but I felt OK once I got moving. Andy trailered his bike down from Ballarat. After a brief chat we fired up the bikes and headed off towards Laver’s Hill. Here’s the route we took (click on map to enlarge), travelling the loop in a clockwise direction.

Two Norton Commandos


Steve on the Gellibrand to Laver’s Hill road – on a down hill, negative camber curve that he enjoys so much!


Here’s Andy following


We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Lavers Hill. (I had the foccacia though).

As we hit the Great Ocean Road there was a bank of frontal cloud which dropped the temp about 10C and made for really pleasant riding conditions.

We pulled up at the 12 Apostles helicopters helipad – just a paddock with a portable office really. You can get quite close to the choppers though.


We stopped for a breather on The Carlisle River road. Andy


Yours truly. Sorry Steve – pic of you didn’t work out.


This is the road we took home, riding in the uphill direction.