It was Mrs T’s turn to suggest the route for today’s ride. I was in full agreement with the proposal to head to Beech Forest via Turton’s Track for a burger lunch at ‘The Ridge’ cafe.
It was a sunny 17 Celsius when we hit the road. As we rode past “The Hill” vineyard we noticed a massive stage had been erected for tonight’s Leonard Cohen concert – the size of the thing was incredible. We took the Cape Otway Rd and in no time, well actually about an hour, pulled in at the West Barwon Dam at Forrest for a pit stop. This is a really pretty place and one of my favorite haunts.
From here we took the ultra twisty and scenic Turton’s Track. However, it was a chilly 12 C along here and we were glad to get out from under the cover of the trees for the last few kilometer run to ‘The Ridge’ and then get a table out on their sunny deck.
I once named their burgers “the best hamburger ever” (which they reference on their lunch menu) having sampled stacks of them on our 2010 USA tour. However, times change, and whilst still a tasty burger made from local produce, they have seriously out-priced themselves at $22 per burger, in my view. Hence, I will now need to resume my quest for the “best burger ever”.
From here we headed down towards Colac to visits friends Steve & Helen and check the progress on Steve’s latest project, a pre-war model 18 Norton single. He has painted the frame and also re-produced many of the nuts and bolts for this bike himself (in stainless steel) on his lathe. He also laced the wheels from scratch. I personally love the appearance of girder forks. For more build details, see Steve’s blog HERE
The engine is under construction.
From here we hit the highway and headed straight home to tackle a few yard work chores that were awaiting us. Even though we traveled Hwy 1 home, the 22C temp and sunshine proved to be perfect riding conditions for a ‘leather jacket over a T-shirt combination’ attire. At approx 250 kms total it was a short ride, but thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing. The rear tire has less than 4K kilometers on it and now needs replacing – but a soft compound and rear wheel 200 hp will do that!