It has been a mecca for Aussie motorcyclists over the years, though with it’s 80 kph (50mph) speed limit and heavy policing of motorcyclists (it’s not stretching things to say that it borders upon harrassement) these days that there’s not a whole lot of enjoyment to be had in riding the section between Torquay and Apollo Bay. For those in the USA, much of the GOR could be mistaken for The Big Sur in CA and Hwy 1 Shoreline Dve north of San Francisco.
It is well worth remembering that the Great Ocean Road is actually a war memorial.
I have many, many happy teenage memories that were set in the context of the GOR – many of them involve motorcycling. Some images only exist in my mind, but are triggered by words such as – Crawford’s Pacific Hotel, New Year’s Eve at Lorne, Suzuki 250 Hustler, CB750 Honda, McRae’s Z900, “a man’s a fool”, Suzuki ‘Waterbottle’, Z1R Kawasaki, cosmic blue EH Holden and of course being one sleeping bag short!
Here’s my quick pictorial tribute to the GOR – including a couple of old shots scanned from prints.
|That cosmic blue 1964 Holden & a bunch of 1970’s guys!|
Some of the GOR runs inland and it’s every bit as pretty as the shoreline section.
|Pacific Hotel Lorne|
|Arab Cafe Lorne Vic|